A year in photos – Day 13

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Friday, March 9

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If you’re ever out and about in Korea and are in desperate need of a pair of socks, don’t worry! Socks are sold EVERYWHERE! This truck is parked across the street from my apartment quite often.

School Lunches

My school has started sending out messages each day describing the day’s lunch. Once translated, it is probably more confusing than not knowing at all.

“Please note that from meals room>1. Food and Health News No. 4 exit. (“Stress too hard come harderchungonjeung received”)2. Today, my kids are too like boiled.
Suddenly you’re feeling better this year for things to “loin” was prepared.
Please enjoy delicious.3. Lettuce, carrots, cucumber prepared by Eco.
May worry that you have folded like sigo.
To eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, especially in the spring.(Chungonjeung Prevention)4. Talking theology students have a lot of changes in the amount of pear is often lacking.
If you have jeonchulip It’s yours when you blow a note to the meals room will be modified.Lunch today was more alert.”

I wasn’t sure what we were having until I walked into our lunch room and it all made sense. Up until today, I hadn’t taken pictures of any of my school lunches because I was pretty sure I’d look silly doing it in front of all of my fellow teachers… but the interesting thing about a new school year is that half of the teachers I have lunch with are new to my school (teachers in Korea rotate schools every 2-3 years). None of them know me or talk to me (only about me) so I decided to go for it today.

Across the top is boiled pork (수육), dipping sauce (쌈장), water kimchi (물김치). Across the bottom is rice (밥) and lettuce for wrapping (상추). They also served soup, but I rarely ever eat it because it’s usually fishy or made with some sort of fish based broth and I don’t really care for seafood. This lunch is like a treat for me. There’s a good mixture of protein and vegetables, which is usually lacking in the lunches at my school. The lunches at my school aren’t that amazing and occasionally I find myself only able to eat the rice and kimchi (if it’s good that day).

A year in photos – Day 12

Thursday, March 8

I got this amazing care package in the mail today from Ashleigh. It was so thoughtful. I knew she was going to send Girl Scout Cookies, but the rest was a complete surprise. I absolutely love it!

A year in photos – Day 11

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Wednesday, March 7

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I get instant messages (in Korean) on my work computer all day long. I usually translate them because I’ve found it’s the best way to stay informed. The translations are really butchered, but I can usually tell what’s important and what isn’t.

Today I found this gem waiting for me when I got back from lunch…. Apparently only 8 out of 10 Koreans fart. Who would have known? Haha

A year in photos – Day 10

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Tuesday, March 6

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Today was a bit stressful for me. My teaching schedule keeps getting changed. The changes wouldn’t be that big of a deal except I’m now expected to turn in lesson plans to the vice principal for a class that I have no idea how to teach and I’m not getting much support from my co-teacher.

I am fortunate enough to have amazing friends and a fantastic boyfriend. I had to cancel going to Costco with the girls tonight because I was feeling overwhelmed by work stuff. Dave offered to come down to Busan a night early because I was having a rough day. I picked up this cake on the way home as a thank you for coming down.

Jamie called me after she got back from Costco. She had picked up a chicken bake for me. So sweet.

A year in photos – Day 9

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Monday, March 5

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Today was the first day of classes for the school year. I got a schedule at the end of the day on Friday and on that schedule it said I teach 5th grade on Mondays. Even though neither of my new co-teachers had spoken to me directly, I assumed that’s what I’d be doing today.

When I got to class, my co-teacher explained that she forgot to tell me that she was going to be teaching alone this week. As I was walking back to the office I just had to shrug my shoulders and laugh. That’s how life as an English teacher goes here.

I have spent the rest of the day doing what we guest English teachers in Korea like to call “desk warming.” I actually had a bit of work to be done at my desk so it wasn’t so bad, but it’ll definitely be an interesting week as I’ve just learned that my schedule is being changed yet again.

Today’s photo is just something I spotted after lunch. Apparently the back of my school is where desks go to die.

A year in photos – Day 8

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Sunday, March 4

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Why do the weekends go by so fast? I really enjoyed the past few days and I’m somewhat dreading getting back to reality. These past few weeks have been so nice.

Dave and I stopped into the Caffe Bene near my apartment for a waffle and gelato. It was a nice way to end the weekend.