The cherry blossoms in my area have begun to bloom: it’s spring, even if the temperature stays obnoxiously close to 0°C/32°F. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and lots of bike rides. I’m lucky to live in a city with scenic bike paths. You can even follow them with a street view camera on Naver. In Korea, Naver Maps > Google Maps.
I watch Korean dramas because they’re entertaining and good for my Korean. Recently, I’ve been sticking to atypical ones, but this time I’ve gone for a Korean Drama™. It’s crazy and strongly flavored with makjang. This isn’t exactly it, but the basic premise: A brother writes his sister letters, but she hasn’t been getting them because her family keeps them from her and she’s blind. The siblings don’t live together because of serious drama in their family. Dad hooked up with a secretary. At any rate, the day a letter falls into her hands, she goes to find her brother. She finds her brother’s friend with the same name instead. Her brother’s friend is being pursued by the police while he reads the letter to her because his girlfriend decides to put him in jail for a year as she can’t count on him to not cheat on her while she’s overseas. Instead of just getting arrested, he runs from the police. While he’s running, his friend (the girl’s brother) follows him and gets hit by a car and dies. At the same, she gets a phone call telling her that her father’s in trouble. Her brother is dead in front of her but she doesn’t know because she can’t see. Anyway, she’s rich and her father was the CEO of a company. After a year, her brother’s friend gets out of jail and he pretends to be her brother so he can take her money. That’s how 그 겨울, 바람이 분다 (That Winter, the Wind Blows) begins.
Normally, I don’t have a high tolerance for cram-in-every-possible-cliche-we-can dramas, but there’s something about this one that has my attention. Years ago, I watched a series with amnesia, kidnapping, getting hit by a car, blindness, suicide, a terminal disease, mistaken identity, Prince Charming, Candy Girl/Cinderella, a love triangle, and death—it was too much. Its gimmicks quickly stopped being shocking and became annoying. Even though the one I’m watching now has a car accident, death, blindness … within its first sixty minutes as long as it doesn’t go as far as the other, I think I’ll be okay.
I’ve been reading Korean short stories and things about graduate school, because I’m applying this month. I also read Holes. It’s a children’s book, but I enjoyed it immensely. I am a huge sucker for stories that aren’t in chronological order and feature multiple view points.