|ROK soldier takes part in a civil defense drill from six years ago|
As I write this, there is a large booming voice coming over the loudspeaker in the school, yelling at the students to get down and find cover. Emergency alarms and sirens are going off all over the city, and the booms of jet fighters flying overhead can be heard.
No, we're not under attack.
Today, at 2:00 pm local time, a civil emergency drill is being held, and tests of the civil response to an attack on Korea are being held across the country. It is very fascinating to be living in an area where the possibility of an attack such as this actually exists. It is a far cry from life in northern Alberta...
Here is a copy of the email I received from the Canadian Embassy this morning:
Those of you who have been following me on Facebook may know that on Thursday of last week, I lost my passport when I left my backpack on the subway. Needless to say, the past few days have been very stressful and have involved filling out a police report, pleading my case with the Canadian Embassy, and beginning the lengthy process of acquiring a new passport. One roadblock that I've encountered is the fact that I need my birth certificate in order to apply for a replacement passport, a document I neglected to bring with me to Korea. As my parents are currently on vacation in South America until the end of December, I've been required to apply for a new birth certificate with the Government of Alberta. They are currently processing my application, and will mail the certificate here when it is ready.
As I wrap this post up, the alarms continue to sound, and the voices over the intercom speak in clipped, panicked Korean. I can definitely hear the jets flying overhead, and there is a palpable sense of excitement in the office. Moreso now than at any other time in the last few days am I feeling apprehension at not having my passport with me. I can only hope that I am able to acquire a new one before I'm scheduled to go home next month, or before the voices and sirens are no longer a drill.
Love you all, and with any luck, I'll see you next month back in Alberta!