Published: February 27th 2011February 24th 2011
Somehow it's almost March, 2011. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that one.
Over here in Korea we've been hoping and waiting for things to slow down. I'm realizing now that they're not going to and I need to get my stuff together! I officially have 4 weeks left on my contract. I'm still trying to process that as well.
January intensives finished and we thought things would slow down but for the last 3 weeks we've been saying bye to people heading back home and preparing to welcome new teachers. This is definitely some kind of record: Jake and I haven't left Cheongju since Lacey was here visiting at Christmas!! YIKES!!! It's been nice for our wallets and we've gotten plenty of rest but as the weather gets nicer, I'm itching to get out.
Tomorrow is Jen's last day teaching and as we say goodbye to her we're welcoming another teacher who arrives tomorrow night. The following week, another male teacher from America arrives. Tomorrow is also the last day of the term so we've been keeping busy writing report cards for each student and having workshops about changes in the spring term. Not to
mention our boss is leaving and we've recently gotten a new one.
Jake and I are coming out of hibernation this week along with the sun. He got on his bike for the first time since Thanksgiving and I started a new membership at hot yoga. It's amazing how much you can accomplish in one day if you go to bed before 3am! Ha ha Snow was on the ground for a solid month. Even if the sun was out, it wouldn't melt. I survived the coldest winter of my life and suddlenly this week feels like Spring. I've seen bees, birds, and kids running around everywhere. It's SO refreshing and motivating! I've also switched over from hot to iced coffees :) Hooray for that.
Some recent happenings in South Korea:
Taylor Swift came to Seoul. I did not get to go. I taught a class with 2 students instead.
Our favorite restaurant came to Cheongju and we go at least once a week. BON BON!
We've moved into 2 apartments. 1 nice, new one. 1 dark, ugly, bad smelling one.
A new Starbucks opened. Make that TWO! Ya CHEONGJU!
We get Subway delivered every week and
both locations speak perfect English.
I had to announce "Best Student" in front of a couple classes in the seminar room and at the last second I said the wrong name...but had to give it to her because I said it! Oops. She is great though! Just felt bad for the other girl.
I've heard of 2 different American girls teaching English in Korea that are heading to Turkey to Au pair. Thought that was interesting.
Jake and I miss Vicki terrible. The weather keeps reminding us of summer. Tear....
Jake and I both got a year older! It was fun celebrating our birthdays a week apart. We turned 22 in Arkansas, 23 in Washington, and 24 in South Korea!
There is construction everyday starting between 7-9AM. Construction doesn't stop in Korea and is impossible to avoid. There are often drills going into the wall right next to my head. It makes sleeping difficult.
Things I will miss terribly about Korea:
The food. Honestly, I'm going to have melt downs. The food is unreal, YUM! Not sure what I'm going to do....
Some of my students. I've officially invited at least 15 different kids to live with me
in America. I told them they have to wait until I have a house. But they can stay with me free of charge :)
Public transportation. I really wish I used it more at home. Good thing because I don't have a car!
People bowing. I think it's pretty cool.
Playing charades every time you want to try and say something.
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