Well, we made it through our first week of work in Korea. Already we have had some great times. Our daily schedule is usually to eat at 8:15ish in the cafeteria, start work at 8:50, and “teach” until lunch at 11:45(usually 3 classes). At this point we then have one and half hours lunch/break time. At 1:20 we pick up our classes and “teach” until 5:15(usually 4 classes). I use the word teach loosely, as some of our classes include activities that don’t include much teaching such as: relay races, dodge ball, tongue twisters, etc. I will write more about our teaching experience in the next post along with some pictures I’m taking this week. You’ll have to wait in suspense until then.
Our second weekend here include many good times. We had our favorite, sushi, on Friday night at this great restaurant. The owner speaks English which was a great help. The sushi comes around on a conveyor belt and you choose what you want. Some things you give to the chef and he makes them fresh. This was definitely some of the best sushi we have ever had. Yes, even better than our favorite restaurant in Asheville, Green Tea. We even had beef steak sushi for the first time. Very tasty.
On Saturday we got to join Austin, Victoria, and friends for turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Another great meal. Our subway trip was well worth it. Austin and Brigitte entertained us all with wonderful music and Victoria did a fabulous job making sure we all had turkey for thanksgiving. It was almost like we weren’t in a country on the other side of the world.
Sunday, Victoria, Carolyn(Victoria’s cousin living in Incheon), and I (Mandi)went hiking on Kwanakson. Lane wasn’t feeling top notch, so he and Austin stayed behind and wrote and recorded a song. No lyrics, but still quite impressive. I wish I had it to share. It was raining, but we decided to brave it out. This was the most extreme hiking this girl has ever done. Lots of rocky sections, some pretty steep, which the rain made slippery. I almost turned back, but thanks to the encouragement and support of Vic and Carolyn I made it all the way to the top. Where it was snowing! My favorite part, which I couldn’t capture in a photo, was the sound of the the singing/chanting monks in the Buddhist monastery carved into the mountain. It was too foggy/misty for me to see the monastery, but the sound was amazing. Something I’ve never heard in person before, and what a setting to experience it in.
Whew! OK, so this was a long post. Just too much to share. More next time!