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Hi. Film Festival in Busan was cool. Leading worship is cool. October is cool (68 degrees).
I thought it was about time to play catch-up. We’ve had some blogworthy fun but have been lazy in our reflection skills. So I guess we’ll just run through a few tidbits from BergetLand.
We are getting to feel more at home in our new church fellowship. (Recap, our church is a body of about 50-80 people, English-speaking service, started 2 years ago). I (Eric) have been a part of the worship team as of the last two Sundays (guitar/vocals). Its been such a great experience so far. I love it. We went on a Friday/Saturday retreat with the church a few weeks ago. It was a good chance to make some memories with our new friends and have some good seminars/discussions on Christian living. Also, we jumped at the opportunity to do something ridiculous and cliche: tandem biking.
This past week we were excited at the arrival of the Pusan International Film Festival. (PIFF) It’s no Sundance, but apparently its supposed to be the best film festival in Asia. We were gone the opening weekend, but then we went to four films in four days. The films were shown at various theaters in the city, and one venue was an outdoor theater. So one night we threw on a sweatshirt and sat under the moon and beside the beach with the cityscape rising above the big screen. You never quite know what you’re going to get with these films. There were no trailers to watch so we just chose movies by reading the premise. We saw a Korean film, a French film and two Romanian films (strangely). It was hit and miss, one film I loved, one I liked and the other two were cool but not that engaging . (sorry for the terse review Drew….this is already a long post).
I had a conversion with a Singaporean (?) friend who gave me a list of films that are representative of the “Korean style” of film making. I’ll report back on a future post and give a legitimate review.
Other tidbits….Lauren Sauderstrom (friend from Minneapolis) lives in Busan now ?! Crazy. We met her and her boyfriend for the afternoon this weekend. We felt like Busan veterans for the first time–bombarding them with tips and to-do’s.
We hung out with our co-teachers on the roof of our high rise apartment. It was beautiful. I haven’t used that word too many times in reference to Busan. But with all the lights and layers of buildings, and Gwangali Bridge lit up in the distance, it really was a lot of fun. Becca, one of our British teacher friends is a techno DJ. She had her mixing equipment and was showing us how it works. Really cool.
We had a field trip to Haeundae Beach with the little ones last week. (Read: We descended upon the sand like locusts. Cute, black haired, backpacked locusts). I’ll post some pictures.
Okay…so maybe I’ll try to post more frequently so I don’t have to cram as much info into one post. If you read all the down this far either you’re really bored or you really care about us, or both. Either way, I guess no apology is required.
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