Sunday, May 29, 2005


I thought I'd invented a new word but someone's beaten me to it. *crestfallen sigh*

The weather's beautiful. I know we Brits are famous for starting every conversation with a comment about the weather, but today's too nice not to mention. Not too hot, not too cold, and the sky's a surprisingly clear blue. It's the kind of weather that in most (developed) countries would see people flock to the park to kick a ball around with friends, maybe play frisbee, maybe sit under a tree with a good book or just hang out. Well, despite a few so-called "parks", Busan is sadly still lacking in that area - there's no green public space at all.

날씨가 너무 좋다. 우리 영국인이 날씨에 대한 말을 해서 이야기를 시작하는 것으로 유명한 건 알고 있지만 오늘은 화제가 오르지 않다면 안 된다. 너무 따뜻하지 않고 너무 춥지 않고 하늘이 놀랍게 맑은 하늘색이다. 대부분의 (선진) 나라에서 사람들이 친구랑 축구하거나 프리즈비를 던지거나 아마 나무밑에 앉아 책 읽거나 그냥 머물으러 공원으로 몰려들일 텐데. 그럼 이름바 "공원"이란 몇 곳에도 불구하고 이것에 관해서라면 슬퍼게도 부산은 아직 부족한데 공공의 도시공원녹지가 전혀 없다.

However, don't let's forget the beach!
그렇지만 해수욕장을 잊지 마자!

Yesterday, with a friend's help I managed to become a member of Haeundae Public Library - a real haven from the crowds and traffic of undeniably "Dynamic Busan"! So, book in one hand, shoes in the other, I carted myself down to the seafront.

어제는 친구의 도움으로 시립해운대도서관 회원이 된 걸 해냈는데 이곳은 "다이내믹 부산"의 많은 사람들과 교통량에서 먼 안식처군. 그래서 한 손에 책을, 다른 한 손에는 구두를 들고 있으며 해변으로 갔다.


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