June 2, 2008
Today Martina bought a new umbrella, and just in time. Sheâ€™s been looking around for one for as long as weâ€™ve been here, touching and testing many of them out. Korea has a big umbrella culture, since it rains throughout most of the year. In Canada we can get away with bad umbrellas – we get caught in the rain maybe once or twice a year, and if our umbrella sucks we gripe and grumble about it and promise ourselves to buy a new one next time. Then it doesnâ€™t rain for a long time so we forget about buying a new umbrella until the next rainstorm hits.
Anyhow, we got caught in the rain, but right (and I mean RIGHT) after Martina bought the umbrella. Perfect timing. What she drew is a fairly accurate depiction. More pictures of it once weâ€™re outside (itâ€™s bad luck to open umbrellas indoors, after all).