Hannah and Je together

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.

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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.

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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.

My mother arrived in Chicago

As I am graduating this coming Saturday, my mother came to Chicago to celebrate it all the way from Korea.  One of my sisters and my aunt also came together.

The scheduled arrival was 7:05PM and it changed to 7:58PM, and the actual arrival was 8:15PM.

It was so good to see my mother in four years.

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이번주 토요일에 졸업하기 때문에 어머니께서 졸업식에 참석하시기 위해 시카고에 오셨다.  어머니와 함께 누나와 이모도 오셨다.

원래 비행기 도착 시간은 7시 5분이었는데, 스케쥴이 나중에 7시 58분으로 바뀌더니 실제 도착은 8시 15분이었다.

4년만에 어머니를 뵈니 정말 좋다.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Fifty Seventh Day – Last Day

There was no class on the last day.  The school always told us that the last class is Thursday, but the day before, the secretary of the language centre told us that there would be no class on the last day.  But we just had small ceremony.

I left the house around 10:30 in the morning because the ceremony was at 11.  I asked the family to call a cab, and I paid 20 shekels from home to school.  Do you remember the cab driver on my first day in Bethlehem who yelled at us and dropped us in the middle of the way to the Siraj centre because we refused to give him 25 shekels?  Home-Bethlehem University is 3/4 longer than Siraj-Bethlehem University, and today’s driver charged me 20 shekels.

Classmates.  Lina from Germany, me, Cletos from Ghana, Mateo from Italy.  Anna from Switcherland is not here

Classmates. Lina from Germany, me, Cletos from Ghana, Mateo from Italy. Anna from Switzerland is not here

The ceremony was simple, and I’ve got a certificate.  Anna from Switzerland could not attend the ceremony because her airline emailed her that her flight is changed one day earlier, which is Thursday.  So she went to the airport.  And the Spoken Arabic Level 1 teacher did not show up too.  Anna is from Switzerland, but working in Germany.  She is very nice girl, but also very strong in her opinion and people must agree with her.  Once we were talking about the war, and she was demonising Israel with the number of death in Gaza.  I do not deny that many people were killed in Gaza by the Israeli attack.  I told her that Hamas also tried to attack, they just did not succeed.  Then she mentioned the number of deaths on both sides and said “how can it be the same!”  I also told her it is because Israel has defensive technology and successfully defended its citizens, not because Hamas was better in spirit and mind and refused to attack the other.  Then she became so mad.  I do not understand why so many people especially from Europe think Palestinians are good, but Israelis are pure evil?

A few days before the talk, our classmates, including Anna and I, were talking about airlines.  I said that I am flying with SWISS (Anna was happy), but I think Lufthansa is slightly better than SWISS.  At this point, she became so offended with that.  And yesterday, we were talking again in the class about the airlines.  I told her that SWISS is one of the top airlines.  Then she said with still little bit angry voice, “SWISS air is NOT one of the top airlines.  It is the ONLY TOP airline!  I am not saying this because I am from Switzerland.  It is just the FACT!”  I wanted to ask her to prove it with the numbers and evidences, but I just said, “OK” to avoid her anger.

Gemma from Spain

Gemma from Spain

After the ceremony, some of the students had lunch together.  And there were three people going to the airport including me.  Edward Fox, middle-aged guy from England wanted to join me but was not sure.  And Zoey from rural Illinois wanted to go to the airport with me and she asked me to wait for her in the bus stop for an hour.  Actually she came to the bus stop in two hours.  She is very spoiled daughter, and her father does everything for her even for now when she is in college, and consequently she does not know to do anything.

While I was standing next to the bus stop, the taxi drivers came to me to ask the taxi ride.  I told them that I am waiting for my friend, then they found that I speak Arabic, and became very curious about me.  So I was surrounded by them and talked two hours.  I found that Christians and Muslims have different greetings in Arabic.  Some of the people I talked have multiple wives (the maximum number is four).  Later, they began to shout “Fucking America” surrounding me as if they protest in front of the Embassy.  It was half joke and half serious.  They said no Palestinians like America and they hate it more than Israel.  Later, one of them advised me not to say I am from America but just say that I am a Korean because identifying oneself as an American is not wise in Palestine.

After waiting two hours, Zoey came to the bus stop, and I also found Edward too.  So we three journeyed to the airport together.  The bus was full of Students of Bethlehem University, Palestinians living in Jerusalem.  At the checkpoint, everybody got off the bus, and walked through the soldiers showing the permits and passports.  It was my first time getting off the bus for the checking.  Every time, the soldiers got on the bus.  And because of this, I lost my seat.

Edward’s flight was 9pm, Zoey’s 11pm, and mine was 5am next morning.  From Jerusalem, there are two ways to go to the airport.  Getting a sherut (or shared taxi), and using the public transportation.  The best and fastest way is to use the sherut.  I explained them about both ways, and I recommended the sherut.  But somehow, Edward insisted on the public transportation.  It was about 5pm, and I was kind of worried about his flight, but he insisted.  From the Damascus gate, we used light railway to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station.  ANd we waited an hour and got on the bus to the Haifa, and got off at the airport city.  There we were supposed to get on the free shuttle, or any public bus to the airport terminals, but we did not see anything.  And finally we got on a cab all together.  It was about 8pm when we got to the airport terminal.  He ran as fast as he can.  Zoey went through the security check right away  because the security check begins three hours prior to the flight.  Later I met Edward again.  He told me that he missed the flight.  We spent three hours on the public transportation system when we could have just spent 45 minutes on sherut.

Ilaria from Italy

Ilaria from Italy

Here comes small stories from the trip.

My hosting family in Bethlehem has a Hyundai Tucson.  I do not know how they got this, but it must be from Korea.  The owner’s manual is in Korea.  The car speaks Korean (voice activated features and instructions).  The navigation systems also shows and speaks Korean.  And they cannot use any of the advanced features of the car including Bluetooth, multimedia features and navigation.  They just drive.  And they said that they suffer from Korean language.

The family has a daughter, and two sons.  And I stayed in the daughter’s room, and every night she slept on the couch in the living room (she graduated college).  I did not feel happy and comfortable about that.  Except, the hosting family was very good.  They are super nice people.

In Palestine (and probably all the Arab world), mother does everything.  Father cannot do anything about house chores, and children are the same.  once I wanted to do my laundry and asked the daughter where the washing machine is, and she asked me back if they have one.  Five minutes later I found it in front of her room.  The family do not even gather the laundry for their mother.  She goes everywhere to collect the laundry.  When I told another lady that men do half (or more) of the house chores in Canada and America, she was shocked.  And she said complaining about the house chore is not possible and if one does, then she is considered as an evil mother and evil woman.

In Palestine, people live in peace between them, not like in other areas of middle east where they kill each other.  Even Christians and Muslims have no problem living together in Bethlehem.  But in my perception, it is just because they face bigger problem of Israel.

As I wrote above, Palestinians hate America.  Then how about Israelis?  I was told many times from the Israelis that “Do you know we hate Obama?  All Israelis hate Obama”  when I told them that I am from Chicago.  America is fool, spends a lot of money and effort on both sides and being hated from both.

On the trip to Hebron together, the so-called tour guide was talking about Hamas. I was not actually listening because he has no logic in his speech. But Lina, the girl from Germany, told him that it is not 100% that she agrees. Then the guy began to yell at her. She was freaked out, and she stopped talking with him. I think that attitude will never work to make friends. And they need friends.

Yesterday when I was sitting on a bench in the school yard, an old gentleman (he is a professor at Bethlehem University) came to me and asked if I am a Korean.  I said that I am a Korea but I am from Chicago.  He told me that they have two exchange students from Korea every year, and he thought I am one of them.  We talked a bit more.  Suddenly he asked me if I fell in love with a Palestinian girl.  I said no.  He, then, pointing two girls sitting beside me, asked me again “Don’t you think the Palestinians girls are beautiful?”  I told him that I am married.  Well, this is third time that people tried to connect me with someone.

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