Hannah and Je together

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cocoa Beach 2

In the dark, one and half hour before the sunrise, we left the motel and drove to Cocoa Beach Pier where I saw the sunrise last year.

해뜨기 한시간 반 전에 아주 어두울 때 모텔을 나와서 작년에 일출을 봤던 코코 해변 피어로 갔다.

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I found one thing from my mother (and from my aunt) which I did not know before.  They were sitting on the lawn chairs, watching and waiting for the sunrise.  And at the very moment of the sunrise, they both stood up for the respect of the sun.  And I remembered the sunset at Naples.  They were sitting on the lawn chairs, still watching and waiting for the sunset, and they both stood up for the respect of the sun at the very moment of the sunset.  When I thought it is interesting, I recalled that my grandmother always called the sun, wind, moon, wind and other natural objects with Korean suffix -NIM which means Sir or Ma’am.  And she used respectful language for them.  I understand why, that they did not understand science and dependant on the nature.  But this generation lost the respect for the nature, and I think we need it.

어머니에게서 (그리고 이모님에게서) 전에 알지 못했던 흥미로운 점을 하나 발견했다.  의자에 앉아서 해 뜨기를 지켜보며 기다리시다가 딱 해가 뜨는 순간이 되자 존중의 의미로 의자에서 벌떡 일어나셨다.  생각해 보니 네이플스에서 일몰을 볼 때도 마찬가지였다.  두 분이 앉아서 해 지기를 지켜보고 기다리다가 딱 해가 지는 순간이 되자 경외의 의미로 자동으로 기립하셨다.  흥미롭다고 생각하는 순간에 외할머니가 해, 달, 바람, 비 등 자연들을 늘 ‘님’을 붙여서 햇님, 달님, 바람님, 비님이라고 부르셨고, 꼭 존대말을 사용했던 게 떠올랐다.  물론 옛 사람들이 왜 그런지는 이해한다.  그들은 과학을 몰라서 자연 현상을 이해하지 못했고 자연에 의존적이었기 때문이다.  우리 세대는 자연에 대한 그런 존중을 잃어버렸다.  그러한 자연에 대한 존중이 우리에게 필요하지 않나 생각한다.

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Then we went to the Manatee Sanctuary Park where they say we MIGHT see the manatees.  And because of “might,” it did not happen.  Last year, I bought a tour package for manatee experience (and dolphin) and we actually saw them from afar, so I did not want to pay all the money this time because I thought it was not worth, and there was no manatee this year.  But the park has a pond and a bridge over it where there are a lot of turtles and many small fish.  We fed them and it was fun.

듀공 보호 공원이라는 곳에를 갔는데 듀공을 볼 수 있을 찌도 모른다는 곳이다.  “찌도 모르기” 때문에 결국 보지 못했다.  작년에는 듀공과 돌고래 체험 관광을 했는데, 아주 멀리서 조금 봤을 뿐이었다.  그게 돈이 아깝다고 생각되어서 올해는 그 돈을 안내기 위해 여기 왔는데, 결국 보지 못했다.  하지만, 조그만 연못과 그 위를 지나는 다리가 있었는데, 연못에는 거북이와 물고기들이 많이 있었다.  그래서 먹이를 주며 놀았는데 재미있었다.

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Then we went to Golf-N-Gator where you can play mini golf.  It was my mother’s first time (and my sister’s and my aunt’s as well) playing (mini) golf.  I was so happy that they liked it.  Now, they can say “When I was playing golf in America…”

그 뒤에는 Golf-N-Gator라고 미니 골프를 할 수 있는 곳에 갔다.  어머니의 (그리고 누나의 그리고 이모님의) 첫번째 하는 (미니) 골프라고 한다.  이제 한국 돌아가시면 “엄, 내가 암훼뤼콰에써 골프를 할 뛔…”라고 말을 하실 수 있겠네.

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And we bought a cup of gator food to feed them.  A cup was $3 and I was surprised that it was just pieces of wieners, very small which I thought that would actually worth about a quarter.  But it was just for the experience of my family.

그 뒤에는 악어 밥을 사서 멕였는데, 한 컵에 3불이었다.  음식을 받고 엄청 놀랬다.  그냥 소세지 몇 조각이었는데, 한 300원 어치나 할래나.  그래도 식구들 경험을 위한 것이니…

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We came back to Days Inn in the evening time, but the sun was so long and the day was too hot.  We all went to the pool.

저녁 시간에 모텔로 돌아왔는데, 해가 긴데다 날이 너무 더웠다.  그래서 모텔에 있는 수영장에 갔다.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Siesta beach and Naples

From Ocala, we drove about two hours to Siesta beach.  The sands at the beach is very famous for being so white and fine.  I even felt like fine wheat flour.  Unlike last year, we had so good weather.

오칼라에서 약 2시간 정도 운전해서 시에스타 해변에 도착했다. 이 곳 해변은 모래가 엄청 유명한데, 완전 희고 부드러워서 마치 밀가루같은 느낌마저 받았다. 작년과 달리 아주 좋은 날씨였다.

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There was a little breeze which made gentle waves.  It was kind of perfect for the ride which Hannah bought last year.  We stayed lazy and enjoyed the beach and the weather.

바람이 약간 있어서 파도가 잔잔했다.  물놀이 하기엔 완전 좋은 날씨였고 마님이 작년에 산 기구를 타고 놀았다.  쉬엄쉬엄 놀면서 날씨와 해변을 즐겼다.

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Then we headed to Naples, not staying the night at Siesta Key.  After we checked into the Fairfield in Naples, we relaxed a bit more.  And about an hour before the sunset, we went to the Lowdermilk park to see the sunset over the ocean.

그 후에 시에스타 키에 숙박하지 않고 네이플스로 운전해 왔다.  네이플스에 있는 페어필드 호텔에 짐을 풀고 나서 약간 더 쉬었다.  해지기 약 한시간 전에 로더밀크 공원에 해지는 것을 보러 갔다.

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It was so beautiful and peaceful.  I remember that it was packed with people last year both at Lowdermilk park and Siesta beach because it was weekend.  But there was not many people this year probably being weekday.

정말 아름답고 평화로웠다.  작년에는 로더밀크 공원하고 시에스타 해변 모두 주말이어서 사람들이 엄청 북적였던 기억이 있는데, 올해는 아마 평일이어서 그런지 사람들이 별로 없었다.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Twenty Eighth Day – Luxor

I began my day getting up at 2:30.  It was my first time flying Egypt Air.

Egypt Air Boarding by Ladder

Egypt Air Boarding by Ladder

In the Cairo International Airport, there is no sky passage to the plane which is very common in most Airports.

Muslim Prayer in the plane

Muslim Prayer in the plane

Before the take-off while the engine was running hard, suddenly they pulled down the TV with the mosque image and played the Islam prayer.  I don’t know they do this always before flight or it is because of the regular prayer time.

Sunrise in the Airplane

Sunrise in the Airplane

I saw the sunrise in the plane to Luxor.  Luxor was great.

Sitting Pharaoh is overwhelming

Sitting Pharaoh is overwhelming

This huge sitting statue of a Pharaoh thrilled me.  When the ancient people saw this statue, I am pretty sure that they were all overwhelmed and felt like the Pharaoh is God and looking down.

German Excavation

German Excavation

The two pharaoh sitting statues were side by side, and a little back, there was another smaller statue.  And I was told that the Germans digging now.

Colour is still alive

Colour is still alive

I went to the temple of Hatshpsute temple or Al-Deir Al-Bahari temple.  Queen Hatshpsute is the only female ruler in ancient Egypt.  She is the daughter of a Pharaoh, brother and wife of a Pharaoh, and step-mother of a Pharaoh.  The temple was huge and with lots of inscriptions.  And many of them have colour.  The colour is still so much alive, and I would even believe if someone tells me they painted it last year.

In the tourism site, there are always local people selling stuff.  A guy tried to sell some photos to me which I did not buy.  Initially he called 20 L.E.  Guess how much the price went down.  It got down to 1 L.E.  Wow.

Stone Work Factory

Stone Work Factory

Then I went to stone work factory, near the Queen’s temple.  It was interesting how they make and work the stone in the traditional way with traditional tools.  They showed and compared the differences between hand-made and machine-made.

The Nile

The Nile

This is the famous Nile river in Luxor.  The mother of the ancient civilisation, still Nile is feeding Egyptians.  Most people in Luxor work in tourism trade, and other small amount of people works at agriculture.

Cow Transportation

Cow Transportation

In Luxor, the animal is still very important.  So many donkeys are used as main mean of transportation, and lots of sheep and goats are on the road too.

Downtown Luxor

Downtown Luxor

This is downtown Luxor, and I bought a Arabic language music CD for my friend in Korea.

Egyptian Music

Egyptian Music

I bought the traditional Mix.  I paid 30 L.E.  They called way higher price, but I dealt with the guy several times and it came down to 30 L.E.

Burnt CD, not original

Burnt CD, not original

When I opened the CD case, what the…  Well…  But I checked that it is real music CD in a language which I do not understand.

Sugar Cane Juice

Sugar Cane Juice

I stopped at a juice store.  I was told that the sugarcane is the most important agriculture in Luxor.  The sugarcane is piled in the left, and the guy squeezed a few sticks and put some ice.  It was very good, sweet of course.  I think this is the real life Candy Crush. 🙂

Then I went to Kings Valley, but I do not have any photos because it was prohibited.  All the caves are amazing with beautiful carving and inscriptions.  It is truly amazing that those carvings and colours survived many thousand years.  Funny thing is that the most famous Pharaoh, the Tutankhamun has the smallest tomb.  His name has three parts: Tut – Ankh – Amun and means “Long Live Amun.”

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple

My next destination was Karnak temple, dedicated to the god of Amun, and his wife, and his son.  It is very huge temple, and I was told that the Pharaohs ruled here.

Thutmoses III

Thutmoses III

This Pharaoh, the step son of the famous queen conquered many cities.

Conquered Cities

Conquered Cities

And he left all the names of the cities he conquered.  The ancient Egyptian writing represents meaning, but when it is circled, they represent sound.  All the people have tie on their arm which means that they were captured and bound.

Nile View

Nile View

This is the Nile view of the hotel where I had lunch.

Bus Business Class is better than the airplane Business Class

Bus Business Class is better than the airplane Business Class

Then I flew back to Cairo by Egypt Air.  The funny thing is that they distinguish the Business Class (total 8 seats) just by curtain.  They just have a foot more room and still pays almost three times of economic seat.

Most Asians know that Japanese are mostly quiet, and polite, while Chinese are usually loud.  But Japanese can go crazy too in some situation.  That is when they are not with other Japanese or their neighbours.  Two Japanese girls were sitting behind me.  They were so loud talking and laughing, even singing as if they are drunk.  I could not endure any more, so I greeted them in Japanese.  Then they became cute and quiet Japanese girls.

Sunset in the Airplane

Sunset in the Airplane

I saw the sunrise in the plane, and I also saw the sunset in the plane again in the same day.  Egypt Air is part of Star Alliance which means I can collect the mileage.

Moon from the Airplane

Moon from the Airplane

Right after the sunset, I pictured this moon.

I had diarrhoea this morning first time in this trip.  Maybe the food and water in Egypt do not cooperate with my body.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Israel Trip Twelfth Day: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, and Chorazain

Today was certainly New Testament Day, and especially Gospel Day.

Nazareth View from Saint Gabriel Hotel

Nazareth View from Saint Gabriel Hotel

This is the Nazareth view from the hotel. It is quite foggy and could not see far down there.

Cana

Cana

While we were driving down, our local guide identified us Cana where Jesus performed his very first miracle. He said wine is very precious gift because it means one years labour and huge portion of wealth. And if you do not provide enough wine in such events like wedding, it is permanent disgrace to the family. And how much it would be gossiped in that small town. Jesus literally saved the family. And George said that Jesus was not sitting with his mother in the feast because that is the Jewish tradition and culture that time. Even now they are separated in the synagogues.

Church of Beatitudes

Church of Beatitudes

First destination was the Church of Beatitude where Jesus preached the famous sermon on the mountain. On Matthew text, Jesus was on the mountain top, and it begins with Jesus sitting down. In Jewish tradition, rabbi stands normally, but when he sits, that means he is serious about his on-coming speech. So when Jesus sat down, everyone must have been quiet. And a beautiful church was built upon the rock which is believed that Jesus preached on.

Here is Matthew 5.3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Between the two Hieberts

Between the two Hieberts

They are my favourite professors at McCormick and they are husband and wife. Such a beautiful couple.

With George, our local guide

With George, our local guide

Then we went to Galilee and had worship on the “Jesus” boat. The service was good. We read Psalm 150 in different languages of English, Korean, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. Arabic was read by our local guide George. He is the best guide I’ve ever met.

2000 Years old boat

2000 Years old boat

This boat was found under the mud in the Sea of Galilee and scientist concluded this boat is about 2,000 years old. At Jesus days, there must have been so many boats on Galilee, and this is one of them. There is also possibility that Jesus was on this boat at least once. And the boat is made out of twelve different trees.

Migdal

Migdal

This is archaeological site of ancient Migdal. And there is huge construction is going on to build a Magdalene Centre and resort. Our famous Mary Magdalene means Mary from the town of Migdal. Galilee area is the core place of Jesus ministry. We had lunch here.

Herod's Massacre

Herod’s Massacre

I forgot the name of this mountain. Our local guide said that there was rebel against Herod among Jewish people around here, and they fled to that mountain. And Herod commanded his solders to push and throw all the rebels off the cliff. And the people in Galilee saw that.

Church of Peter's Primacy

Church of Peter’s Primacy

And we went to Peter’s Primacy Church. Peter and his fellow disciples came here and were fishing after the death of Jesus. And Jesus came here and prepared the fire and meal. Then John found the Lord and told Peter. After that Jesus asked Peter if he loves him three times. This is the Church built to commemorate it.

This is John 21.15: “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.”

One of seven springs

One of seven springs

This area is known as Heptapegon which means seven springs in Greek. We did not have time to go for it, but I ran and found one of the seven springs.

Olive grinder

Olive grinder

Then we went to ancient Chorazin, one of the three towns Jesus cursed. This is small town, and the people here must have been more conservative, and relatively closed-minded stuck in tradition and religion. That is why Jesus came here and worked so hard to change them. This is ancient olive oil press.

Peter or Peter's mother-in-law's house

Peter or Peter’s mother-in-law’s house

This is Peter’s house in the town of Capernaum. Many of the holy places are just to commemorate and/or the actual locations are in dispute. But this one is 100% legitimate, without any dispute. That means Jesus actually ate, slept, rested, preached, healed and talked there. It is most probable that Jesus walked through the whole town. And there is Jewish synagogue during Jesus time. Jesus went, read scripture and taught there.

Stairway to the roof

Stairway to the roof

This is the house next to Peter’s and you can see the stairway to the roof. In Gospel, good friends carried their paralysed friend to the roof and lowered him down. This is how. And the roof is usually covered with just leaves and straws woods. So it is easy to open.

Sunset in Capernaum

Sunset in Capernaum

This is beautiful sunset. And my crude camera cannot contain the beauty of it.

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