Getting braver

Today I took the kids up the swimming pool in Ulsan Grand Park, which might not sound that brave but for me it is. Driving to a new place, navigating customs that you don’t know and then just managing the kids in the pool. We met up with friends which made it a lot easier.

A wee note on the driving, a couple of months ago I was terrified but today I had a pushy taxi driver and I refused to move till he reversed. No being flustered or bothered by the beeping, and erratic lane changing. Quite proud of myself really.

Right, enough self congratulatory twaddle and back to the pool. Gregor was a bit miffed that he had to use the female changing room, as he is used to taking himself off to the guy’s.

First difference you have to take your shoes off before you go into the changing room, if you don’t you will get told off. Then, everyone has to wear a swimming cap. So I had to pop back to the shop to buy three; blue for Gregor, yellow for Katrine and purple for me.

The pool is really nice; there is a lap pool that was busy with people doing laps (go figure), a wave pool, a shallow kids pool, a massage pool, a hot tub and a water slide.

The wave pool was switched on at 11 and everyone who goes beyond the line has to wear a lifejacket, even, if as an adult you are never out of your depth. The waves were only on for 20minutes and when it closed the slide was opened, also for 20minutes. Katrine was first down and then Gregor who had last minute nerves, but a gentle shove and he was away, and loved it and had more turns than anyone else.

Then to the showers, obviously Koreans are less prudish. Katrine felt a bit self conscious but then I think she got the fact that if everyone is naked, no one is looking at you.

Really fun day and a great end to the holiday. The children are now tucked up in bed, the school bags are ready and taekwondo uniforms found, so I am writing this and watching Strictly Come Dancing (on the computer as the VPN on the iPad is too slow) with some chocolate and the cat.


I think she is a fan.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nigel & Tessa
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 01:25:18

    How did Gregor manage with the showers? Why could he not use the guys change room? Seems strange….. but as you say, different country.


    • Esther Haydock
      Oct 08, 2012 @ 06:25:03

      We were given girl locker keys. Now he knows the layout he might be ok on his own but everyone expected him to come with us to the girl’s. He is still only 6.
      Gregor is very chilled about nudity and isn’t fussed by it in the slightest.


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