The name of my apartment is Bobos Chereville, which I've been trying to figure out the meaning of since I arrived. After a bit of research I found that Chere Ville, from the french, means "dear city." Bobos, on the other hand, has a few meanings... If we're sticking to French, it's sometimes used to mean "bourgeoisie." (Thanks spell checker!) However, if we go with spanish, it means "clown" or "silly person" or "fool." So, I'm either in a city of rich people who are busy exploiting workers all day, or I'm in a city of fools and clowns. No one here laughs at my hilarious american jokes, so I'm going to go with the former.
Another thing about my apartment is that I have this speaker in my room, and every so often I get 3-5 minutes of announcements in Korean. It's not every morning, just some times, and I have absolutely no idea what they're saying, where they're coming from, or if they're just being broadcast into my room. Maybe the apartment is on fire and should be getting out. Maybe there is a sale on kimchi down in the lobby. Maybe bobos has gone broke and everyone is getting evicted. I wish I knew.
Below, I've put together a little photo gallery and a video tour so you can check the place out. In case you're able to figure out my door code there at the start, you're welcome to come to Korea and try to break in, except I'm changing the code to 1234 later today, so good luck.
In the photos, the first one is of my building, all 27 floors of it! Next we've got the rooftop garden. Sadly it's way down on the 5th floor, so not as awesome as a real rooftop garden, but it does have a mini mini-golf course so that's pretty cool. Picture 3 is of the awesome elevator TVs they have here, because 30-50 seconds is way too long to go without some form of entertainment. And finally, the view from the top of Bobos.
All in all I love this place, it's a great apartment in a great area and, as always, I am eternally grateful to Will for this sweet setup. Also I added a few photos to last week's post.
Until next time...