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!

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Thirty Eighth Day – Petra in Jordan

I booked a Petra Day Trip from Eilat.  I thought about to go there by myself, but Henry, an American Jew studying history at UCLA and my roommate at Megiddo excavation, told me not to.  He did his own trip to Petra.  After the border, he had to get a cab to Petra, which is 2 and half hour driving.  And it is painful and also almost impossible to negotiate with the local taxi drivers.  And the Petra entrance fee is very expensive.  But he told me it may be cheaper to use tour service, and obviously much easier and comfortable.

King of Jordan welcomes you!

King of Jordan welcomes you!

Jordan is a kingdom.  I had tour with two other girls from Mexico.  They said they are sisters, but they do not look alike at all.  The older looks like a Mexican with quite dark skin tone, while the other looks like a European.  They said their mother is a Mexican and their father is a Jew.  I still remember how many people were at the Taba border, and how chaotic it was.  But today, we three were all at the Israel-Jordan border.  Going out of Israel was no problem as it was at Taba too.  Jordanian border was easy too.  There was a guy from the tour office, and he took our passports and did all the job while we were drinking coffee.

Bedouin Village

Bedouin Village

This is a Bedouin village.  In Arabic Bedou is traveller, and -in is plural suffix such as -im in Hebrew.  So Bedouin means travellers.  But some of them settled, and they have villages.  If you look carefully, you would see the second floor is under construction.  They do not have actual desire to build the second floor.  They just need the ground floor.  But unless the building is complete, they do not pay any tax.  That is why they just began the second floor construction, and never continue building it.

Aaron Tomb Mosque

Aaron Tomb Mosque

After two and half hours driving, we went to the Petra.  The white dot on the mountain top of the photo above is a mosque commemorate the death place of Aaron, the high priest and brother of Moses.

The entrance fee to the Petra is about $130, which is crazy expensive.  The entrance fees to the archaeological parks in Israel is around or less than $20.

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Some caves has a decoration above it in the shape of stairs.  That indicates the cave is burial cave.  The stairs are to heaven, the ancient people thought.

Gateway to Petra

Gateway to Petra

This is the siq, the gate to Petra.  This is very long and wound channel.  It is very amazing, and there are two aqueducts on both sides.  Left one is for the animals to drink, and the right side is for people to drink.

Peeping the Petra

Peeping the Petra

After the long walk, you begin to see the greatness in the small crack of the channel.

The carved palace!

The carved palace!

And finally when you come out of the channel, the awe-ness reveals itself.  We see the two stories, but actually it is three stories.  The earthquake in Roman times destroyed most of the cities and three-quarters of Petra was buried.  The tour guide said that the ground now is 20 feet (6 m) higher than the original ground.

The true amazing thing is that almost everything was not built but carved.  They just carved the stone and huge rock.

Tourism Police - To Protect and To Serve who?

Tourism Police – To Protect and To Serve who?

We spent almost four hours in Petra.  This is huge city, even they have a theatre, but still not built but carved.  There were several tourism police but I was told that the tourism police is not to protect the tourist but to protect the merchants.  So you’d better not to engage any argument with the merchants.

View from the Restaurant

View from the Restaurant

Then we went to a local restaurant at around 3:30 or 4pm.  Even though I was crazy hungry, I can tell the food is not the greatest.  But the view of the restaurant was very good. I asked a Jordanian at the restaurant how he and other Jordanians think about Israel-Gaza conflict and Hamas. Then he suddenly bent over me and whispered at my ear, “We have lots of Palestinians around in Jordan. So I cannot say publicly about that. I hope this answers your question.”

Back to Israel

Back to Israel

At 7pm, we came back to Israel border.  And again there was nobody except three of us.  I was a little bit nervous because I know how bad the Israeli border is.  But it was OK, probably there was no other people.  They did not open my bag.  I was asked at Taba border many stupid questions such as why I carry soaps, or what shampoo is for.  But this border, I got only one normal question – “What is t he purpose of your visit to Israel?”

I wonder why there are so many people in Egyptian border while there is no one in Jordanian border.

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