On Friday I got asked for the first and probably not the last time if I have had plastic surgery on my nose. This question was posed to me in the form of “Nose change?” In America, I feel as though plastic surgery has very negative connotations unless you are getting it for reconstructive reasons. In Korea, however, plastic surgery is much more common place and it is more normal to be asked by a random, mischievous 12 year-old boy if you have had some work done. Although, I doubt David will ever be asked these types of questions (Editors note: David wants me to mention that he has been asked if his hair is “original” aka dyed).
This past week was quite long and straining. David and I had a high school camp (well mostly David) that called for an almost completely different curriculum than anything we have done so far. We also only had 1 and half days to plan for it because we have been booked up with other camps pretty much everyday. Luckily, David didn’t mind putting in a little weekend work and I had time to finish up the things David couldn’t get to while he was teaching. Luck was also on our side because the kids were pretty well behaved. We were all pretty worried about the situation because we had heard their English level was very low (which it was), we had to teach them business English (which David tried), and they were all boys. They were coming from an “engineering” school, which in Korea, seems to be on par with military schools or alternative schools in the U.S. These boys futures are already decided. None of them will be attending college and all will be working in factories or joining the military. So we were afraid they would be crazy, out of control, hoodlums. In reality though, they were pretty normal, everyday high school kids. Making foolish decisions but still fun to hang out with.
Like most other countries in the world besides the U.S., drinking and smoking is a lot more lax here. Although the high schoolers were all under age, their teachers allowed them to drink and smoke in their rooms. This may have resulted in one group of them punching and breaking a very expensive Samsung T.V. How or why this happened is very unclear to all of us not involved, but the students who did the punching seemed quite proud of themselves… I hope they have to work it off doing hard labor or something.
This week also marked the first time that we got to go to the Aquapia (massive water park). They just finished remodeling it and…. dang. First things first though. In Korea, whenever you go swimming, you must wear a cap or head covering of some sort. So I bought a baseball cap and David bought a swim cap. Then you head for the locker room and are given a magnetized bracelet that is the key to your locker. It is pretty snazzy and high tech. The water park itself was really fun. It has a lazy river, about 4 water slides, a wave pool, two hot tubs, a play structure, and the Flowrider, “surfing” ramp thing (and that is only the indoor part)! My goal in life is to master the Flowrider before I return to the U.S. but right now I can not do anything on it. In fact, at one point I got pushed over the edge by the current and was stuck against the edge because the water was crazy strong (don’t worry mom, my head was above water I just couldn’t stand up!) and the lifeguard had to pull me upright. Flowrider 2, Tara 0 That will change soon enough though.
Also the outside part of Aquapia has a slide called the X-Wave… It is probably the biggest and scariest waterslide I have ever seen in my life. I WILL DOMINATE IT!
Well that’s about all I’ve got for today. We are sitting bored at work waiting for our boss to come in so we can start planning our vacation to Jeju in February! We get about 9 days! Woohoo!