Hannah and Je together

Friday, 18 November 2016

Public Library

When people ask me what I am doing these day, I tell them that I spend most of the time at public libraries, and that is true.  After I finished school, I moved into my wife’s parents’ house temporarily (hopefully).  And they do not have internet home.  That is why I began public library tour.

사람들이 요즘 뭐하냐고 물으면 대부분의 시간을 공립 도서관에서 보낸다고 대답한다.  그게 사실이니까. 졸업하고 나서 처가집으로 임시 (제발!) 이사를 갔다.  그런데 집에 인터넷이 없어서 공립 도서관에 가기 시작했다.

I’ve been to many public libraries around Chicago suburbs including Naperville, Aurora, Darien, Bolingbrook, and couple more.  All public libraries have free wi-fi, free A/C and heater (according to season), free books, free CD, free DVD.  They also rent game consoles such as X-Box and PlayStation, game titles, laptops (both PC and Mac), hoopla, netflix and other devices.  At Naperville libraries, the survey is going on what people want to check-out: Google Chromecast, iPad, Go Pro Cam, and couple more cool gadgets.

시카고 교외지역의 여러 공립 도서관에 다녀봤다.  네이퍼빌, 오로라, 대리언, 볼링브룩을 비롯한 여러 도시들인데, 모든 도서관에는 와이파이가 공짜, 냉난방(계절에 따라)이 공짜, 책이 공짜, 음악 씨디가 공짜, 영화 디비디가 공짜다.  또한 엑박이나 플스와 같은 게임기를 대여해 주고, 게임 타이틀도 수천개 빌릴 수 있고, 랩탑 (피씨와 맥 모두)도 빌려주고, 후플라와 넷플릭스 같은 장비도 대여해 준다.  네이퍼빌 도서관에서는 현재 어떤 장비를 추가로 대여하고 싶은지 설문조사 중인데, 장비에는 구글 크롬캐스트, 아이패드, 고프로 캠 등을 비롯한 최신 장비들이 가득 예시되어 있다.

All these are free.  And I wish they would have free coffee as well.  But as Christine, the head librarian at JKM Library (for both McCormick Theological Seminary and Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago), pointed out, these are not free.  The library is run by the taxes we pay.  And for that reason, I am so proud that I am paying tax.  And I am so happy that my tax is used for the public library.

이 모든 게 공짜다!  커피도 좀 공짜로 줬으면 좋겠는데… 하지만 JKM 도서관(맥코믹 신학교와 루터교 신학교의 도서관) 관장인 크리스틴이 지적한 것 처럼 이들은 공짜가 아니다.  도서관은 우리가 내는 세금으로 운영된다.  그런 이유로 나는 내가 세금을 낸다는 사실이 자랑스럽고, 또 그 세금이 이런 공립 도서관에 쓰인다는 게 너무 기쁘다.

When I moved to Canada from Korea, I was so surprised at Toronto Public Libraries.  They are so awesome and great.  I’ve never seen such library in Korea.  I guess Korea also has similar ones but they are not accessible.  I usually went to big book stores to read (for free) such as Kyobo and Chongro.  But these libraries in Toronto and also in Winnipeg are so easily accessible and has a lot of books (even Korean books!) and provide various services to the public.  There are giant libraries in downtown area, but there are also small libraries in residential areas.  If the book you want is not available at your next door library, you can ask for it, then they will bring it so that you can pick it up at your own next door library.

한국에서 캐나다로 처음 왔을 때, 토론토 공립 도서관을 보고 너무 놀랐다.  이렇게 좋고 훌륭할 수가!  이런 건 한국에서 본 적이 없었다.  물론 한국에도 이런게 있겠지만 잘 알려지지도 쉽게 갈 수도 없었다.  한국에서는 주로 교보문고나 종로서적과 같은 대형 책방에 가서 책을 공짜로 읽었다.  토론토와 위니펙의 도서관들은 쉽게 찾아갈 수가 있는데다 책도 많았다.  (한국책도 있었다!)  또한 대중에게 여러 다양한 서비스를 해준다.  다운타운 지역에는 거대한 도서관이 있지만, 주거지역에도 도서관들이 많이 있다.  집 근처 도서관에 원하는 책이 없어서 신청을 하면, 그 책을 다른 도서관에서 운반해 줘서 집 옆 도서관에서 찾아갈 수도 있다.

These library system is so cool and awesome.  This is the ONE thing that I love the most in Canada and in America.  God bless the public libraries!

이런 도서관 시스템은 너무 훌륭하고 좋다.  캐나다와 미국에서 내가 제일 좋아하는 것이 바로 이런 도서관 시스템이다.  도서관 만세!

Monday, 22 August 2016

India Trip Day 02 – Arriving at Chennai

It is August and I am writing about my January trip.  I must be either super busy or super lazy.  You can read my first day India trip at [India Trip Day 01].

지금이 팔월인데 일월 여행에 대한 글을 쓰고 있다.  내가 무지 바빴거나 아니면 정말 게으르던가 둘 중 하나겠지.  인도 여행 첫날에 대한 글은 [인도여행 01일]에서 읽을 수 있다.

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The airport clearly shows I am in India.

공항에서부터 내가 인도에 있다는 것이 확 느껴진다.


The driver seat is on the right side, because India was an English colony.  Canada and America used to be English colonies as well but we have driver seat on the left.  Why?  And Japan was not an English colony and still has the driver seat on the right side.  Hmm.  The bus is very crappy and no wonder even if it stops running within a mile.

운전석이 오른쪽에 있는데, 인도가 영국 식민지였기 때문이다.  그런데 캐나다와 미국도 영국 식민지였는데, 운전석이 왼쪽에 있는데, 왜지?  게다가 일본은 영국 식민지였던 적이 없는데도 운전석이 오른쪽에 있는데.  흠…  어째든 버스는 완전 상태가 후져서 금방 고장나도 이상할 것이 없는 듯 보였다.


I thought the bus was Audi.  But look closer, it has five rings.

버스가 아우디 인줄 알았는데, 자세히 보니 동그라미가 다섯개다.

I just saw a glimpse of this city at night and found some similarities as well as differences with Cairo. Both cities have huge dense of population, unclean environment, and poverty. Oh, both have ancient civilisations. I can see cars are older and in worse condition than those in Cairo. In Cairo, at least tourist buses were very shiny and new. Traffics are same for both cities as well as people’s driving habits. The staying facilities are different also. They do not provide soaps, shampoo, conditioner, towel and toilet papers in India! Thank God that I brought everything while travelling light!

밤에 이 도시에 대해 잠시 보게 되었는데, 카이로와 비슷한 점도 있고 다른 점도 있었다.  두 도시 모두 인구 밀도가 대단하고, 환경이 매우 지저분하고, 가난이 만연해 있다.  아, 그리고 두 도시 모두 고대 문명을 갖고 있기도 하다.  다른 점이라면, 여기는 차들이 카이로에 비해 매우 오래되고 상태가 너덜하다는 것이다.  카이로에서는 최소한 관광에 이용되는 차들은 반짝이고 새 차들이다.  교통량과 운전자들의 운전 습관은 두 도시가 비슷하다.  숙박하는 곳도 매우 다르다.  여기 인도에서는 비누, 샴푸, 린스, 수건 그리고 화장지를 제공하지 않는다!  내가 가볍게 여행하면서도 이런 것들을 챙겨올 수 있었던 것에 대해 하나님께 감사를.

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Within short drive, we came to St. Thomas International Centre. We ate some by the hospitality here. We were all given a bottles of water for the first time. And I felt a little bit happy to drink it because of the scary warning of the Chicago doctor at Travel clinic–basically I may die if I drink water in India.  I expected Wi-Fi.  Actually they have it, they just don’t know the password.  The lady in the office gave us wrong password.  So no Wi-Fi.

버스 타고 조금 가서 성 토마스 국제 센터에 도착했다.  약간의 간식을 주셔서 먹었고 처음으로 물병을 하나씩 제공받았다.  이 물병을 마시니 기분이 좀 좋아졌는데, 여행 클리닉에서 의사가 했던 경고때문에 좀 조심스러웠다.  그 경고란 기본적으로 인도에서 물 마시면 뒤짐이었다.  와이파이가 필요했는데, 정확하 말하면 와이파이가 있긴 했는데, 비밀번호를 몰랐다.  사무실에 있는 아가씨가 잘못된 비밀번호를 줬다.  어째든 오늘은 와이파이없음.

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In the bathroom, they have a shower but no tub or curtain.  They do not have a toilet paper but a bucket.  So I am supposed to wash my bottom with the water using my fingers after the business, but I was not comfortable about it, so I just used the toilet paper which I brought.  It was so good feeling taking shower after 24 hours not washing in the planes.

화장실에는 샤워기가 있지만 욕조나 커텐은 없었다.  화장지는 없지만 빠께스가 있었다.  그러니까, 일을 본 후에는 손가락과 물을 사용해서 밑을 닦아야 한다는 건데, 영 불편해서 그냥 내가 가져간 휴지로 닦았다.  비행기에서 24시간 동안 씻지 못하다가 샤워를 하니 너무 기분이 좋았다.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Lincoln Park Zoo

Friday, a day before graduation, we went to Lincoln Park zoo.  I chose here primarily because there is no fee unlike Brookfield zoo.  They have a new section, Farm in the Zoo where they have domestic animals such as cows, pigs, chickens etc.

졸업 하루 전인 금요일에는 링컨 파크 동물원에 갔다.  여기를 선택한 이유는 브룩필드 동물원과 달리 입장료가 없기 때문이다.  새로운 부분이 생겼는데, ‘동물원 내 농장’으로 가축들이 있는 곳이었다.

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They had several statues of cow with different painting, and this one is interesting that its face is painted as if it is a tiger.  The free does not mean it is small or badly managed.  It is very well managed and giant one with a lot of animals.

소 형상이 여럿 있었는데, 재밌게도 이거는 호랑이 얼굴을 그려놨다.  동물원이 무료라고 해서 작거나 관리가 안되는 것은 아니다.  관리도 잘 되고 있고, 많은 동물이 있는 큰 동물원이다.

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We came back home and went to the graduation service planned by the students for about a month.  It was good to me.  I participated for couple of things because I speak Korean.  We have several Korean students and interestingly none of them participates in school activity or function except me.  I don’t quite understand because the classroom is not all of the education.  I believe we learn more outside of the classroom lectures (not that I neglect the lectures).

돌아와서는 학생들이 한달동안 준비한 졸업 예배에 갔다.  내가 보기엔 좋았다.  단순히 한국말을 한다는 이유로 예배에서 여러 역할을 맡았다.  한국 학생이 많이 있는데, 신기하게도 나를 빼고는 아무도 학교 행사에 절대 참여를 안한다.  나로서는 이해하기가 좀 힘든데, 교실 수업이 교육의 전부가 아닌데 말이다.  내 생각에는 교실 강의 밖에서 더 많이 배울 수 있다고 믿는다 (그렇다고 내가 강의를 소홀하자는 건 아니고).

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Ted preached, and it was very Ted-ish preaching which I like.  He does not yell or jump.  He does not give mega-impact climax but his preaching always has a good point with good logic based on the Bible.  After the students decided Ted as the preacher in the planning meeting, I heard some other students complaining about it, those who did not show up in the meeting.  And I asked them whom they wanted and was told the name of Claudio.  And I also asked them why.  They told me that they wanted to show off to their family.  I understand because Claudio is a real good preacher – yelling, jumping, and giving mega-impact climax.  You would feel like you were in a great rock concert after his preaching with such great impression and emotion.  But I was a bit sad – “After three years of studying God’s words, all you want is just showing off?”  And after all I loved Ted’s message about generosity.

구약 교수님인 테드 교수님이 설교를 했는데, 내가 좋아하는 완전 테드 스타일 이었다.  테드는 소리치지도 뛰지도 않고 메가톤급 임팩트가 있는 클라이막스를 선사하지도 않지만 언제나 좋은 포인트를 콕 찝어주고 성경에 근거해서 논리적인 설교를 한다.  예배를 준비하는 회의에서 학생들이 테드를 설교자로 결정하고 나서 나중에 모임에 오지도 않은 학생들이 불만을 갖고 있는 걸 알았다.  물어보니 클라우디오가 설교하길 바랬다는 것이다.  그래서 왜냐고 물었더니 식구들에게 설교 잘하는 걸 자랑하고 싶었다는 것이다.  그 학생들을 이해한다.  클라우디오는 정말 훌륭한 설교자로 소리지르고 방방 뛰고, 메가톤급 임팩트가 있는 클라이막스도 선사해서 설교 후에는 마치 락 콘서트에 온 것 같은 기분까지 들 정도로 감동과 감정이 밀려온다.  그런데 나는 좀 슬펐다 – “하나님의 말씀을 3년동안 공부하고 난 뒤에 너가 원하는게 단지 자랑하는 거야?” 하는 심정 때문이다.  어째든, 난 관대함에 대해 설교한 테드의 설교가 참 맘에 들었다.

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My mother does not understand English, and thus she did not understand Ted’s preaching.  But my mother was very concerned about him that his legs must be very sore, standing such a long time.  It was, anyway, very good evening including reception afterwards.

어머니는 영어를 못 알아 들으셔서 설교도 못 알아들으셨지만, 테드 교수님 걱정을 많이 하셨다.  저렇게 오래 서 있어서 정말 다리 많이 아프시겠다고.  어째든, 예배 후의 리셉션까지 포함해서 아주 좋은 저녁이었다.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Chicago Downtown

We went to Chicago downtown, and because it is downtown, I used uber instead of driving and parking there.  I reserved the uber and for some reason the pick-up location was set like four blocks away from my home.  I could not change the pick-up location, so I called the driver to come to my location.  Then the driver just cancelled my reservation, and uber charged $5 for the cancellation which I did not but the driver did.  I had to make another reservation, and this time, I made sure about the pick-up location.  It was still wrong place and I changed it manually.  Bad Uber experience.

오늘은 시카고 다운타운에 갔는데, 다운타운이기 때문에 운전해서 주차하기 보다는 우버를 이용했다.  우버를 예약했는데, 어떤 이유에선지 탑승 위치가 집에서 네 블럭이나 떨어진 곳으로 잡혔다.  그래서 운전자에게 연락해서 우리 집에 와 달라고 부탁했는데, 알았다고 하더니 그냥 예약을 취소해 버렸고, 우버는 취소 비용을 5불 가져갔다.  내가 취소한 것도 아닌데.  나쁜 우버.  그래서 예약을 다시 했는데, 이번에도 탑승 위치가 엉뚱한 곳으로 되어 있어서 수동으로 바꿨다.

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We went to Willis Tower’s Sky Deck which is the highest place in Chicago.  That glass platform is very scary.  My brain knows that it should be safe but my body was trembling.  Interestingly my mother and Aunt looked OK.

먼저 윌리스타워의 스카이 데크라는 관망대에 갔는데, 시카고에서 가장 높은 곳이다.  유리 플랫폼은 머리로는 안전한 걸 알지만, 몸은 부들부들 떨게 되었다.  그런데 어머니랑 이모님은 괜찮으신 듯 했다.


Then we went to the Harold Washington Library.  They were amazed at the size and the quality of the library.  They liked the fact that the library has rooms for music practice which are equipped with Pianos.

그 후에는 해롤드 워싱턴 도서관에 갔다.  규모의 웅장함과 도서관의 품질이 대단했다.  특히 피아노가 갖춰진 음악 연습실이 인상적이었다.

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We walked through the Magnificent Miles of Michigan Avenue, and the lion was in front of the Art Institute.

웅장한 거리라는 미시간 길을 걸어다녔는데, 위 사진은 미술관 앞이다.

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This is one of the MUST-GO places at Chicago, the Millennium Park.  The big tower of the water fall has face pictures on the other side and it spits water sometimes.

여기는 시카고에서 반드시 가야 하는 곳 중 하나로 밀레니엄 공원이다.  물이 떨어지는 저 건물은 뒷쪽에 사람 얼굴이 있는데, 가끔씩 물을 뱉는다.

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This is the BEAN or the Cloud Gate.  We cannot see the entire shape of it, but it is very cool art.

여기는 빈 또는 구름 문이라고 불리는 것으로, 위 사진으로는 전체 형상을 볼 순 없지만, 매우 쿨한 예술품이다.


Then we went to Wildberry next to the Aon Centre.  When I tried there last time (it was Saturday), I was informed that I had to wait two and half hours, but this time, we waited just ten minutes.  That was pretty awesome – the good thing of weekday tour, not weekend.  Even at the Sky Deck, we did not wait at all which is not the case for the weekend tour.

그 후에는 에이온 센터 옆에 있는 와일드베리에 가서 점심을 했다.  지난 번에 시도했을 때는 (토요일이었다) 두시간 반을 기다려야 한다고 했는데, 이번에는 그냥 10분 정도 기다렸다.  이게 바로 주말이 아닌 주중 여행의 장점이 아닌가 싶다.  아침의 스카이 데크에서도 전혀 기다리지 않았는데, 주말에는 사람들이 미어터진다.

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Then we went to the Chicago Cultural Centre which used to be the library before the Harold Washington Library.  The building is very cool and they always change their exhibition.

그 후에는 시카고 문화 센터에 갔는데, 해롤드 워싱턴 도서관이 생기기 전에는 이 곳이 도서관이었다.  이 건물도 매우 멋지지만 전시가 늘 바뀌기 때문에 종종 가기 참 좋다.

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Next and final destination at Chicago downtown was the Meggie Daley Playground.  It is one of the best playground for kids and it is free.  This is MUST-GO place if you are with kids.  My sister and aunt rode one of the slides.

다음 그리고 시카고 다운타운에서 마지막 목적지는 메기 데일리 놀이터였다.  이 곳은 정말 좋은 놀이터인데 공짜다.  아이가 있다면 반드시 가야 할 곳이다.  누나와 이모는 미끄럼틀도 하나 타보셨다.

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We came back home by bus.  We were in line and when the bus came, a lady in her late 30s cut in front of me and separated me from my family.  I told her that I had to pay for them as well and she replied, “That’s FINE!!!”  I don’t understand what was fine.  I don’t understand why she was annoyed when she cut in.  After three of my family got on the bus, I yelled at the driver that I would pay for them as well.

집에는 버스 타고 왔는데, 줄을 서 있었다.  버스가 오니까 어떤 30대 후반의 흑인 아줌마가 내 앞에 껴들어서 우리 식구들과 내 사이에 새치기를 했다.  그래서 그 아줌마에게 우리 식구들 버스비를 내가 내야 한다니까 “아 쫌 괜찮아!!!”라고 대답을 했다.  도대체 뭐가 괜찮다는 건지.  왜 지가 새치기 하고 지가 화를 내는 건지 모르겠다.  어머니랑 모두 탄 뒤에 버스 운전자에게 그 사람들 버스비를 내가 낼 거라고 외쳤다.

We rested about 45 minutes and we drove to school to join the Year-End celebration.  My family met many of my friends and professors there.

약 45분 정도 쉰 뒤에 학년말 축하 파티에 참석하기 위해서 학교에 운전해 갔다.  어머니가 내 친구들이랑 교수님들을 여럿 만났다.

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And at night, Hannah put some manicure on my mother’s and aunt’s finger nails.  My mother’s colour does not really show the difference.  Maybe she can try real colour next time.

밤에는 한나가 어머니랑 이모 손톱에 매니큐어를 발라드렸다.  어머니 손톱은 별 차이가 안 보이는데, 다음에는 진짜 예쁜 색을 써 봐야겠다.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Chicago Hyde Park

In the morning, we walked along Hannah to her work.  And we went to the Lake Michigan through the Museum of Science and Industry.

아침에는 한나를 일터에 배웅해 주고 과학 박물관을 거쳐서 미시간 호수에 갔다.

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Lake Michigan is one of the Great Lakes and it is really big.  But the biggest is Lake Superior.

미시간 호수는 미국 오대호 가운데 하나로 정말 크다.  하지만 제일 큰 호수는 수페리어 호수로 이름 자체가 우월…

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Because we could not find a rest room along the shore, we walked back home.  After we rested a while, we went to McCormick Theological Seminary where I studied.

해변에서 화장실을 찾을 수가 없어서 집에 일단 돌아갔다.  약간 쉰 다음에 내가 공부했던 맥코믹 신학교에 갔다.


There are a lot of beautiful trees full of flowers.  We met some of the professors and staff members.  They were all thrilled (at least they looked like) at meeting my family.  Especially Carol ran down to the first floor from upstairs just because she heard that my mother came.  Carol is one of the sweetest lady, and it is so sad that she is retiring.

꽃이 만개한 예쁜 나무가 많이 있었다.  학교에서는 교수님들과 직원들을 좀 만났는데, 우리 식구들을 만난걸 너무 기뻐했다.  적어도 그렇게 보였다.  특히 캐롤은 우리 식구가 왔다는 소식을 듣고 윗층에서 1층에 뛰어 내려왔다.  캐롤은 정말 좋은 분인데 이번에 은퇴한다는 게 참 아쉽다.


We went to Valois, so-called Obama’s favourite restaurant.  We’ve got one of the Obama’s Favourite menu.  Valois is cheap with a lot of food, and tasting not bad.  The only down side is that they accept cash only.

그 뒤에는 오바마가 자주 갔었다는 발로이스 식당에 갔다.  발로이스에서 오바마가 즐겨 먹었다는 걸 시켰다.  발로이스는 값도 싼 편이고, 음식도 많이 주고, 맛도 나쁘지 않다.  단점이라면 현금만 받는 다는 거.

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This is on 53rd street, commemorating that Obama’s first kiss with Michelle after they had ice cream at BR.

여기는 53번가에 있는데, 오바마가 영부인 미셸과 첫 키스를 한 장소를 기념하는 곳이다.  근처에 있는 배스킨 라빈스에서 아이스크림을 먹고 여기서 뽀뽀를 했다고 한다.

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Chicago Hyde Park is now full of flowers everywhere.  The weather was super good while it was so horrible until last week with cold temperature, rain and all clouds.  I am glad that God permits us the good weather.

요즘 시카고 하이드 파크에는 어디에나 꽃이 가득하다.  지난주까지는 춥고 비도 오고 날씨가 완전 개판이었는데, 지금은 날씨가 너무 좋다.  하나님께서 좋은 날씨를 허락해 주셔서 너무 기쁘고 감사하다.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

[US Trip]Florida Trip for 10 days

Before I began my CPE this summer, I went to Florida trip with my wife, her sister, and her mother. Usually I write travel blog day by day, but now I am so lazy with CPE, and I am going to summarise the entire ten day trip in one blog posting.

I drove the whole time except two hours which my sister-in-law drove.  After 22 hours’ driving, we went to Siesta Beach first.  It was really long drive.  But because I drove overnight, we did not have traffic.

Welcome to Florida

Siesta Beach has very fine and white sands.  We had quite good time but we had to left because of sudden shower.  Then we headed to Naples, and stayed at Red Roof Plus.  Naples is very neat and nice town.  On Sunday morning, we went to First Presbyterian Church of Naples.  This is quite huge church, and very typical Presbyterian church with all rich white senior citizens.  Naples also has very nice beach.  We watched sunset at Naples Pier.

Miami Jet Boat

After we stayed there couple days, we headed to Miami.  The first thing we did was Jet Boat.  It was quite of fun and thrill.  It was also nice that they showed and explained about the beautiful and e expensive mansions.  We actually stayed at Miami Beach, and we had big trouble finding parking.  We stayed Ocean Reef Hotel, and its location is awesome.  You can walk everywhere.  To the beach, it is just one block away.  To the most famous Lincoln Mall, it is just about four blocks.

The next day, we drove all the way down to the Key West.  The garden was beautiful, but we were not able to enjoy the beach a lot because of the strong wind.

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We enjoyed the Miami beach a lot.  And I met Danny Morales, my classmates from McCormick Theological Seminary.  He just graduated last May.  He is from Miami with Cuban heritage.  He introduced us the legit cuban dish which I like a lot.  Danny gave me many positive influences, and he speaks Spanish beautifully. 🙂

MIami Starfish

Couple days later, he left Miami Beach and we went to Hollywood Beach where we enjoyed Surrey.  But the store manager was not nice.  The picture above is actually at Miami beach.  I saw a boy catching the starfish, and I tried.  Hannah was not able even to touch the starfish.  Later another lady picked it up again, but she took it by its leg, and the starfish cut its leg to flee.  She, then, picked another leg, and it cut its another leg as well.  So she had it cut its four legs.  My poor starfish.

Then we went to Cocoa beach.  We had some tour of swimming with dolphins and manatees.  There were not a lot of them, but we were able to see some of them.  And even a manatee touched my leg!  And we also watched a sunrise at the Cocoa Beach pier.

Friday, Hannah’s sister had to leave so we drove her to the Orlando airport.  And I realised that there are crazy many tolls around Orlando.  We enjoyed another night and we left there on Saturday morning.


Rather than going back home at once as I did on the way from home to Florida, we stopped at Kentucky.  For Sunday morning service, I went to Highland Presbyterian church where McCormick’s ex-president is senior pastor, but she was on her vacation.

We met Jieun, whom I call big sister.  I met her at PCUSA racial ethnic conference last year.  She is real nice lady, her husband is also very gentle.  They are one of the best Korean couple.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Israel Trip Fourth Day: Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea, and Jericho

Today was the very first day that we went to the east side of the hill country, and we saw the wilderness.

Wilderness of Judah

Wilderness of Judah

East of the hill country is dry with just 4 inches of rain whole year. It is because of Foehn wind. When we came close to the dead sea, the wilderness ended and flatbed was spread out in front of us.

Flatbed near the Dead Sea

Flatbed near the Dead Sea

Finally we met the famous dead sea.

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

We ran along the Dead Sea shore, and there are so many dates plantations.

Dates Plantation along the Dead Sea

Dates Plantation along the Dead Sea

The Bible says about the honey a lot, and the thing is there are no bees and consequently there are no honey. And the guide said Bible mentioned possibly about the dates honey. In this area, people make honey out of fruits, and among them, dates honey is the most common thing.

Date Tree

Date Tree

I thought it is palm tree such as Coconut, but the local guide said it is date tree. And when I went to Jericho today, I tasted a date, and it was so sweet. I think that was the sweetest date I’ve ever eaten. I have no idea why, but all the fruits here in Israel has far much better taste.

Thorn Tree

Thorn Tree

We arrived at Ein Gedi, and the very first thing welcomed us was this tree. It is Jujube tree, kind of thorn tree. Many people believe the thorn crown of Jesus was made out of this species of tree (not this tree). The t horns are not only sharp but also very long.

Lower Fall

Lower Fall

On the Ein Gedi hiking route, I saw three falls, and this is the first one just after the entrance, named lower fall. See how the Ein Gedi is dried and deserted.

Dead Tree next to the fall

Dead Tree next to the fall

The tree is just next to the fall and is dead. When King Saul pursued after David to kill, David fled and hid himself in this Ein Gedi and most probably he saw the same or similar thing that I saw today. He probably projected himself to those trees. His psalm sings, “like a tree planted by the water.” I now think it is not just beautiful poetic expression, but the reality and to him it was the matter of life and death. He had to choose to be one of the two trees, and the situation was hopeless. He must have thought that the only chance to be the green tree is to stick to God.

Watching the Dead Sea from Ein Gedi

Watching the Dead Sea from Ein Gedi

If you see the picture above, it is green only along the water. Everywhere else is dry and dead.


Fall of David

This was our destination – the Fall of David. After here, we headed back.

With Paula Hiebert

With Paula Hiebert

Paula is my Biblical Hebrew professor at McCormick Theological Seminary and wife of Ted Hiebert. She also is a wonderful OT scholar, studied at Harvard University for her doctoral degree.

Caves of Ein Gedi

Caves of Ein Gedi

There are many caves in Ein Gedi, and maybe David hid himself in one of those caves. After Ein Gedi, we headed to Qumran where the famous Dead Sea Scroll was found.

Replica Jars of Qumran

Replica Jars of Qumran

These are the replica of the jars which contained the scrolls about two thousand years.


Community Rule Scroll

Qumran was actually a community of even 1,000 religious men. Whoever can join but there was three years probation. The life there was very strict, and the scroll above was the Community Rule scroll.

Scriber's Desk

Scriber’s Desk

The member’s daily life is full of religious works, including copying the scripture. This is the scriber’s desk.

Ritual Bath Site

Ritual Bath Site

One of the religious thing was ritual bath. Ritual bath itself was not unique to this community but Essenes emphasised very much, and they had several ritual bath sites when they didn’t have enough water even to drink. Above photo is the actual archaeological site of their ritual bath.

Qumran Cave No. 4

Qumran Cave No. 4

This is Qumran cave No. 4 and is most important cave. It may not be impossible, but highly unlikely that there would be another scrolls to be found, because they searched the entire vicinity thoroughly. At Qumran site, there was a huge group of Korean tourists, and I heard the leader said, “I said SIT DOWN.” Some local people said that they see more Koreans than Jews in Israel, and I also saw a Korean signs in Jericho. We had lunch at Qumran.

Dead Sea Kalia Beach

Dead Sea Kalia Beach

After lunch, we went to Kalia Beach of the Dead Sea. Paula and Ted used to live in Israel for a year and she today told me that she can easily recognise that the water level of the dead sea lowered a lot. Our guide said that the dead sea is dying. It is so sad that everywhere I go, they say the nature is dying. When I went to see the glacier on Rocky Mountains in Canada, the guide said that the glacier is dying. I am afraid in one or two generation, if the guide would just say to the people that ‘it used to be dead sea,’ or ‘it used to be glacier here.’

Sticky Mud!

Sticky Mud!

The mud was so sticky and it tried to take my shoes off all the time. I tasted the water expecting the saltness but I tasted extremely bitterness. And several seconds after, I began to taste the saltness. And I thought about the Elisha’s miracle in Jericho. People appealed to him that the spring water was too bitter. I guess that was because the spring was connected to the dead sea. And Elisha put salt into it. The water is bitter because of too much salt, and he added even more salt. It is crazy and non-sense. His treatment doesn’t really make any sense. But it worked. Likewise, I think, God’s way and Christian’s way is crazy and non-sense to other people’s eyes. But if God helps us, we can do miracles.



I actually wanted to take a photo holding a news paper or something, but I could not find any. There was a lady who refused to go in because she cannot swim. So I told her the body floats automatically. It feels like someone pushed me up from inside the water.

Dead sea is about 430 metres below sea level, and it is very warm. So we enjoyed semi-summer weather today. The Dead Sea contains high percentage of salt and diverse minerals, they sell the mud for lady’s skin. And I feel my skin got softer and better after the bathing.

Zacchaeus climbed this tree

Zacchaeus climbed this tree

We went to Jericho, our final destination for today. It is believed that Jesus called Zacchaeus down from this tree. I hope everyone can meet Jesus and be called by Him.

Peacock in Jericho

Peacock in Jericho

We went to a very important archaeological site, and there were so many peacocks. They reminded me my honeymoon at Hawaii.

Camel in Jericho

Camel in Jericho

And I saw a camel. Unlike the public image of Israel, I haven’t seen any camel until today. I don’t think even that camel is not for transportation but for fun ride.

Mount Quarantania

Mount Quarantania

The mountain on the back is the Mount Quarantania which means forty, and is also called Temptation Mountain. It is believed that Jesus fasted for forty days and nights and tempted at this mountain.

5000 BC

5000 BC

This is 5,000 BC, so it is about 7,000 years old.

Layers of time

Layers of time

This is the layers of time. Black layers mean the fire destruction.

10,000 BC Tower

10,000 BC Tower

This is the tower built around 10,000 BC and consequently it is 12,000 years old. And this is one of the earliest building of the human history. Actually Jericho is THE OLDEST CITY in the world.

Fortress of 1,900 BC

Fortress of 1,900 BC

This is the fortress and walls behind for fortification built around 1,900 BC. The buildings in ancient Jericho was built with mud bricks and you can see them in the photo. So far the archaeologists failed to find the Jericho wall that Joshua destroyed. Some scholars say that Israel did not really come and destroyed, but the city automatically emptied by themselves even before Israelites came. Some scholars believe that we just did not find the right one yet.

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