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Photo of the Day: SolBridge Sports Day

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Students at the SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea, took time out on the eve of midterms week for some fun and games during the school’s annual Sports Day. Held each year in the fall, BBA and MBA students compete in a series of games and sporting events to unwind before their midterm exams. Organized by SolBridge’s hardworking Student Council and supported by Student Services, Sports Day is one of a number of events held each semester for students.

What’s happening outside SolBridge these days?

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Lots of construction happening outside SolBridge these days with a new bridge being built. Let’s hope all these road and bridge improvements will remove a lot of the traffic gridlock which has gotten worse the past couple of years.

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Photo of the Day: Fall 2013 Market Research Competition

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Heidi Huong Nguyen (right) and Quynh Nguyen (left) listen to their mentor speak during a breakout session for the Fall 2013 International Market Research Competition at the SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea. Both students are MBA students from Vietnam.

Winter in Daejeon

Uam 2013 003Winter is my favorite time of the year in Korea; especially when it snows. Having lived in Korea since 1990, I have seen my share of snow in Seoul, Daejeon, and my first winter wonderland at Mt. Sorak in 1991.

December was the snowiest month I have experienced in Daejeon as well as Korea all those years.

Uam 2013 004On New Year’s Day, another couple of inches was dumped on Daejeon and with the temperature not too cold, I trudged through the snow over to Uam Historical Park (a little over a mile from where I live) to take some winter photos.

I’m glad I did.

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Read about my first winter in Korea, snow, and other things in Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm.

A Snowy New Year’s Day in Daejeon

January 1 2013 001The New Year has picked up where the old year left off: more snow.

By far, this the most snow at one time in the past three attempts by Mother Nature to blanket Daejeon with the white stuff. I’m guessing around 4-5 inches, maybe more.

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It’s not going to last. By noon, the sun had come out and all that wonderful snow had started to melt. Guess these two folks shouldn’t have been so quick with their brooms. All that work for naught.

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Steady as she goes

The Lespo Standard.

Your all-weather bicycle.

And why do we say, “steady as she goes?” Why not, “steady as it goes?”

Either way, this gentleman was not about to be dissuaded by snow and ice. Look closely, you’ll also see his cane and an industrial-strength chain to make sure no one steals his Lespo.

Deep-Freeze Daejeon

It’s been wicked cold in Daejeon for the past three days; the coldest December that I can remember in a long time. Most of the streets in my neighborhood are still sheets of corrugated ice and snow. There won’t be any city department crews sprinkling salt on these streets.

Some folks have taken to spreading crushed yontan (charcoal briquettes used for heating and cooking) on the streets for traction. Last night, I saw a guy using a blow torch to melt the ice on one patch of ice on a side street near my apartment so he could move his car.

This deep freeze is supposed to last until the middle of next week.

It’s a good time to curl up with a good book.

How about Ice Cream Headache?

Or, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm?

The day after the first snow

Snowy Day December 6 2012 003By morning, most of the snow from last night’s mini blizzard had melted. I wonder what’s in store for the rest of this month?

For as long as I have lived and worked in Korea (this Friday marks 22 years) this is the most snow I have seen in December.

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Let’s do that Gangnam Style one more time…

Students perform their version of “Gangnam Style” at the SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea. The students were participating in the 2nd Korean Language Competition. Korean is one of three languages (besides English) that students study at SolBridge: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Gangnam Style, again and again…

Students at the SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea perform “Gangnam Style” during the Fall 2012 Korean Language Competition. The competition is held each semester to showcase students’ Korean language skills.

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