In this weeks research we caught some more frogs from the forests and rice paddies to take back to the research lab in Ewha for later experimentation with the frogs' singing by listening to them in an area that is more suitable for getting a more clear sound and frequency of frogs' pitch. Also, I have continued my research with the frogs' calling tactics by listening to the recordings from the recorders that I set out weekly. In addition, this week Heejinjeon (a graduate student) and I searched the paddies to find a frog that was in an area that we could distinguish by itself (what I mean is we knew that if we were to record the frogs singing, we could pick this one frogs' singing out of all the rest) in order to record the frogs singing. Once we found this frog (it took us about 3 hours) we set our four recorders at 1m, 2m, 3m, and 4m's distance from the frogs location and recorded its singing. The reason for this is because we want to create a sort of scale that allows us to estimate the distance that the frogs are from the recorders by looking at the frequencies from the recordings. If this works then we can determine if the frogs that we are hearing from the recorders during the day are in the forest or a rice paddy that's near by.
After the work week we headed to the city of Seoul to explore the night life a little bit. On Friday, we met up with Katie and Christina to hang out and go around the town of Hongdae. On this night we went to an area known as Children's Park (not what it sounds like), where people could relax and hang out with friends and watch some people performing or just hop from club to club. The night was very fun and I may have to visit it again. The streets are packed with people (literally full) and there are three streets that go on forever with music, bars, clubs, and whatever else you could possibly think of. Its mainly for a younger (college age) crowd at night time. However, I forgot to get a picture on this night... On Saturday we went to an area of Seoul known as Sinchon-dong. This area also had its streets packed with people, clubs, and restaurants. We did not attend any clubs this night, but we did listen to some music that was being played by a group on the street for awhile. Even though they sang in Korean, the music was enjoyable to listen to and we had a good time.
Unlike America, it's acceptable for people to drink on the streets and in public in Korea. This doesn't mean that there are always people drinking, but it does seem to me that the people here love to drink. I think that this is fine as long as people can control themselves, which most people seem to be able to do. Anyways, I brought this up because it was nice to just relax and listen to some music on the public street while having a beer. I know this wouldn't be allowed in Minnesota, which is why I thought it would be worthy to note and remember. Soju, the drink on the left is probably the most popular drink here because I see everyone drinking it. A lot of the time it is shared amongst a small group of people (who usually all sit in a circle cross legged) because it is stronger than beer. This drink is also very cheap, which is why I think its popularity is so high.