Friday 31 December 2010
So last New Year's eve I would never have guessed in a thousand years that I would be spending this one living in South Korea! It's crazy to think how much has changed for me in just one short year... 2010 was certainly a year of big changes. I'm looking forward to what 2011 will have in store for me I've a feeling it's gonna be a good one! Anyway we never made it to E-mart on Wednesday but went to a smaller one called mega mart.. still fairly class bought a pair of jeans for the equivalent of ten euro and the best part is they are the right length of me!!!! How class is that? :D Thursday in school flew by I am really getting the hang of my class and I think they are getting used to me as well. Thursday night we headed over to another English couples apartment to watch tv downloaded on their laptop, so nice to watch english soaps. CNN and the discovery channel are interesting but sometimes you just need to chill!! Today in school was fantastic... it was the birthday party! They hold a big party once every 2 months so all the kids that had birthdays in November and December had a party together today! We played in the morning then had the party which was so nice... so much food too. Pizza, chicken wings, gim-bap (Korean rice rolls), cherry tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, Korean rice dessert, biscuits and of course chocolate birthday cake! YUM!!!!! I officially like Korean birthday parties!! Then just before I finished at early (3pm) one of my little kids gave me a card saying "Happy new year teacher Lisa. I love you. 31 December 2010." That just melted me then and there... I will upload a photo of the card when my camera eventually gets charged.. still no charger so I wont have any photos of Seoul tonight.. well none of my own anyway I will be relying on everyone else. There are like 8-9 of us heading there together so should be really good!! Cant wait... party Korean style!!! On that note I hope everyone has a very very happy 2011..
Wednesday 29 December 2010
Hard to believe I arrived in Korea one week ago today... the time has flown and yet I've done so much in one week! I'm really starting to settle into a routine but I still have a lot to learn about Korea in general and about my work. Yesterday morning when I woke the ground was covered with snow not like the snow we got back home. It was deeper than I've seen before up to my ankles. When I arrived at the kindergarten I joined the other teachers shovelling snow away from the door so that the kids could walk in through a path we had cleared for them. The morning went good and then lunch all normal.. after lunch the kids and teachers all had a snowball fight and made a snowman. Such fun.. the afternoon flew by as well! After school I went home for a few minutes and then back to the school to meet all the teachers to head out on our staff night!! Dinner was Korean again, side dishes and a mains but instead of meat it was like a fish stew in the centre of teh table, bubbling away!! It was strange but tasty afterwards we all sang Noreabang (kareoke) I hadnt had any alcohol so I tried to refuse to sing but no such luck.. I just picked the first song I recognised so I ended up singing "Brown eyed girl".. lets just say it this way after I finished they complemented my dancing!!! Still I can imagine that with a few drinks in me singing will be a great idea in the future. This evening we are going to get a bus that leaves the school and brings us to a big supermarket called E-mart, I still have a lot of things to buy for my room. Bits and pieces just to make it more homely and practical as well. I really need to find an adapter because my camera is dead and I really want to be able to charge it before our first night out in Seoul on Friday night for New Year's!! A big group of us are planning on going to Seoul together, heading out and then sleeping in either a noreabang room (which you can rent by the hour) or a jimjaelbang ( a sauna room - apparently this sweats the alcohol out of you so you wake up totally clear headed, sure I'll try anything once)!! All in all Korea is getting a thumbs up so far!!
Monday 27 December 2010
|One of the school's Christmas trees|
Sunday 26 December 2010
So just arrived in South Korea... ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Still can't believe it's actually happening, although in another way it seems like I've been talking about going for months. Myself and my friend Dee both decided back last May that Korea seemed like a good option and since then we've been working towards going. We had a few hold ups such as waiting for our official degrees until the end of October, then the wrong date of birth being put on my police clearance, being offered unsuitable jobs, etc. but now it finally seems like everything has fallen into place. We were offered what seem like the perfect jobs teaching English in the perfect location...fingers crossed!! So far so good...exciting but scary all at the same time. I know I'll miss my family and friends loads but this is just a chance of adventure too good to miss!