February has been a nice break from jam packed January. Last week and this week, David and I have been re-writing the entire program (with the help of Je Jin). We finished all the lessons plans last week, though, and with our boss on vacation for two weeks, it has been a little hard to stay motivated. Honestly, we do not really have much else to do. So we have spent a lot of time surfing the net, sending emails, watching Sailor Moon e.t.c. I believe this is what I have heard referred to a “desk warming“. Pretty much every Korean ESL blog I have ever read mentions it but up until now it had been a distant dream. I actually enjoy a little desk warming except for the guilt I feel about getting paid to do nothing. As I said above, it has mostly been a really nice break from our crazy January work-a-thon.
This brings us to our other exciting news! We are planning a vacation to Jeju Island next week. This island is often called “the Hawaii of Korea” but in reality, at least from what I have researched so far, it is not really like Hawaii at all except that it’s an island and it’s a prime honeymoon spot for Koreans. That being said, David and I are super excited! We get 9 paid days off because of all the time we worked in December and January. So for 5ish days we are headed to Jeju. Then we are planning to fly to Busan (a beach city at the tip of Korea) and explore there for a couple days, before we make our way back up to Cheonan. So stay tuned for vacation updates!
I also joined an Ultimate Frisbee team! We are called the Cheonan Cheonwons, which I have been informed by Je Jin that a Cheonwon is a 1000 won ($1) note. So our jerseys are going to have the Yi Hwang, the guy printed on the 1000 won bill, in anime form, throwing a frisbee. TBH, they are pretty awesome jerseys. We had our first practice on Sunday. To my extreme delight, I found out that 10 members of the team are new to Ultimate Frisbee as well (this made me happy because I am not the only one who sucks!). Practice was pretty fun but really long. We started at 1pm and I played until 3:30 when David and I had to leave to eat dinner and catch a movie we had tickets for. When we left, the team was STILL playing! All in all, I am pretty sore today from so much running. I am really glad I joined though because everyone is really nice and I am excited to have extra reasons to travel and see Korea. *Side note: It was really weird seeing so many “foreigners” in one place. Since David and I live in the middle of nowhere, we don’t see too many foreigners so it was pretty exciting. It was also weird when I realized that we all had basically the same job (Native English Teachers).
After practice, I was extremely exhausted but David and I had plans so we went and got some pizza, then headed to the movie theater to see Frozen. Whenever we buy movie tickets, we don’t really know what we are doing. Apparently we bought “premium” movie tickets which we found out when we went to what we thought was our theater but they told us we were in the wrong place. I got really confused because the guy told us to go downstairs but I thought he was telling us to wait next to him until we could go into the theater (this happened when we went to see The Hobbit) So you can imagine his confusion when I nodded in “understanding” and then continued to stand in line right next to him. Then he tried to explain again and luckily David understood this time (I could hear the ushers laughing as we walked away… silly foreigners). So what does a “premium” theater look like? Well first you walk in and there is a really classy lobby with chairs, tables, and books to read while you are waiting for your movie to start. Then, you walk in the theater and all the seats look like this:
Every single seat was a two person couch. They were super comfortable and had a ton of leg room. And the best part was that it only cost 8000 won per person! I love how cheap everything is in Korea.
Anyways, as we approach the two-month mark here in Korea, we are both enjoying our time here. I have been getting homesick fairly often, but that is to be expected. Remembering that I am only contracted for a year helps, a person can do anything for one year! Well that’s all I have for now. Enjoy some random photos that I have collected over the past couple weeks.