On our way to Gyeongju we stopped at a rest area to grab some coffee. I approached the counter where two middle-aged women were working. The two women were arguing over who was going to help take my order. I ordered our drinks in Korean and the woman who was helping me turns and tells her co-worker, “See, I told you she spoke Korean.” The other woman comes forward and says, “I can help you then.” The fear of a foreigner walking up to the counter is something that amuses me. How will this person react? We continued on to Gyeongju.
After leaving Yeosu, we embarked on our two to three-hour journey towards Macheon Village (마천마을) to see the terraced rice fields. On our way we decided to stop at a rest area. What a beautiful place this was! The area was a lush green and the sky was really heavy with rain clouds! I haven’t seen a rest area like this before, so Kristen and I decided to walk around and enjoy the fresh air before we jumped back in the car to continue our journey to Macheon.
Thanks to Heegyu letting us borrow his car for a week, Kristen and I were able to embark on a trip across Korea. Our first stop was Jeonju Hanok Village (전주한옥마을). We picked a motel nearby and headed out about 9 the next morning. When we arrived we were surprised by the number of people who were there. Families and groups of students were everywhere.
This past winter I decided to be a bit ambitious and work multiple camps during my January break. If I wasn’t doing this I would be sitting at my desk all day staring at walls. I thought it’s a more productive and better opportunity to help out at other schools. It also lets me see other teaching styles and how I can use those new skills to make myself a better teacher.
I love bingsoo. Love, love, love it! I will eat it all year round. What is there not to like about it? It’s shaved ice, ice cream, and whatever else you can dream up on top. Luckily, for me I have a built in partner in crime. Lately, she has been sick of eating bingsoo so we haven’t gone in a few weeks.
Well, well it has been awhile. I haven’t forgotten about this blog. I have just been rather busy the last few months. I have a lot to write about for family and friends back home. But it will probably be a mass posting of blog entries.
I’ve been eating a lot of food. I love food, and I will spare you the spam. But maybe in the future there will be a post dedicated to food. Read More
This was my first year at a new school and I saw my second set of students graduate. My 6th grade babies are moving on to middle school. I dreaded this day for a while as I really enjoyed teaching this group of kids. It is sad to see your students leave, but that is a day that must always come. They were my favorites for the past year and provided a lot of fun and great memories for me.
This trip began with a sleepover at Kerri’s house. We were all waiting for Kristen to arrive and she came over at about 1 a.m.
“I’m not tired.”
“Try and sleep. I have to drive in 3 hours.” I whispered back.
Next thing I know, Kerri has sent 19 text messages to me saying the same thing. We decided, “Fuck it! Let’s leave now!” Read More
My cats, my lovely, wonderful cats. I love them…and hate them. Well just one, her crying has gotten worse and drives me insane. So I decided to end this and made an appointment at the vet for her to be fixed. Unfortunately that means her little sister needs to get it done as well. Why?
I dare to say that last week was one of the best weeks in Korea. It was also one of the most fun camps I have ever taught. Originally, I signed up not knowing what I was getting myself into teaching at an all boys high school camp. But, it turned out to be awesome!