Q: Watcha doin' this summer? A: Lotsa and lotsa travelAs occasional rains foreshadow a rise in temperature, people from around Seoul begin preparing to get away for the summer. We at the JoongAng Ilbo English Edition asked our readers about their summer vacation plans.
Maria Kim, Filipino, 27, housewife
"It might sound a little childish but I always dreamt of going to Disneyland. I'm sure that my son, Dong-seok, would enjoy it, too, but I'm not sure who would like it more. In Korea there are many beautiful places. I once went to Jinju Island and I really liked it."
Victor Cole, American, 34, baseball player for the Doosan Bears
"We are the boys of summer, so I go on vacation when the season ends. I went to Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. They have a wild and dangerous atmosphere and great merengue music.. The whole experience was exciting."
Miriam Mangano, 20, Italian, student at Sogang University
"I noticed that many of my Korean friends study during their vacations but that is a big 'no' to me. Why would I study during my summer vacation? I have always wanted to go to India. India just sounds so mysterious, like a different world."
Rex J. Miller, American, 42, president of Ace IT Consulting
"I always go back to my hometown, Los Angeles. It has been ages since I went to a foreign country for my vacation. When you work in a foreign country you miss your hometown and your vacation is the only opportunity to go back."
Lee Soo-ho, Korean, 21, senior at the University of Michigan majoring in aerospace engineering
"Last summer, I worked as an intern for a month at Samsung Techwin in Changwon. This year, I'll be working as an intern for Airbus in Germany. I would definitely go to any resort in Gangwon province. But my favorite vacation had to be Singapore in 2000. I still think of Orchard Road and the food courts."
Jessie Comerford, 47, Scottish, professor of English language and culture at Sogang University
"I like to go back home on my vacations, to visit relatives and to be in my country. Also I go back for my children. Their summer holiday is the only time when they can go back to Scotland and spend time with their relatives, which I consider very important. I would love to visit more places in Korea before I have to leave. It would be nice if I could go to some of the more scenic and interesting places like Jeju Island, Gwangju, Mount Seorak and the DMZ."
Mary Schacht, American, 27, supervisor and teacher at SLP language school
"Its fun to travel in Korea because you meet so many nice people. Once, on my way Jeju Island, a family next to us on the ferry gave us watermelon. Then we saw them in Naejangsan and they asked us to join them at the beach."
by Cathy Han and Jenny Yoon