Sunday, March 22, 2009

Night of the Living Teachers. And Signs.

Hm. It's obviously been much longer since my last post than I promised, and I'm sorry. I know you've been waiting ever-so-patiently (or maybe not) to find out more about our adventures in Korea, but hey, the time's finally come.
It's not that I've been just so busy, per se, just.... sleepy. This month I've been working 6:30 to noon M-F, and 7:30-9:30pm T, Th, and every other Friday. I usually end up taking like 2-3 hour naps in the afternoon, play on the internet, do laundry (I'm ALWAY doing laundry!), and in general, I'm just being lazy. I'm trying to fix that, however, and I think I'm starting to be more awake during the days. 
Teaching is going very well, I think. I don't really have any cool stories to tell but I do have some pictures. I have learned, however, that it is very difficult to make plans with Koreans because if they don't want to meet or they want to go someplace else, they don't actually tell you. For example, 2 Saturdays ago we wanted to get some dinner and drinks with some Korean friends. We set up a time and place to meet, but when we got there nobody was there. So we called one person and she said she had already eaten dinner--well, what the heck? You couldn't have just told us that when we made the plans? Then we called the other person and she said she didn't know the plans were for that night. Again, what the heck?? Whatever, man. Rather than do something that might disappoint the foreigners, they'd rather wait until the last minute, after we've already walked 25 minutes to meet them, to tell the truth. 
They're not that bad, though, it's just a pride thing that's inherent to all Koreans. Some of Marc's friends took him out for his birthday and bought him a cheesecake and everything. It was really nice, and the restaurant was great. Here's a picture of Veronica, Agnes, Bo, and Christi.
Christi is teaching us Korean on the weekends--I know the alphabet and some key phrases, but I read like I'm in kindergarten. It's okay though, it's progress! Here's one of Marc and Veronica...
It's very popular here to give the peace sign--anyone know why? I don't, but I'd like to know. Here's another popular sign...
Yeah, I don't know either. The restaurant we were at (Mise) had several of these. I'm not sure who told them it was a good idea, but whatever floats their boat. Here's another favorite sign of mine, and it's right on the highway...
Notice the "No Horse-Drawn Carts" at the top? I smile a little every time I walk by this. 
So we're about to go to Costco for some water, detergent, food, and PIZZA! I bid you adieu, mes amis.
P.S. Say hello to my sleepy boys! Don't miss Elliot between Marc's feet :)


Elena said...

christina you take so many pictures!!!!! i love it!!!

we miss you! :)


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