Archive for January, 2009

1st Day Teaching

It was soo much fun.  It’s going to take us some time to get used to the teaching styles and names, but overall it was great.  The work is not difficult, just overwhelming at the moment.  Soon it will level out.

I still haven’t been able to get a battery charger, and my camera is dead.  :cry: Soon…. I’ll have some pics up.  This place really is interesting.

I miss my kitchen already.  It is difficult to cook when most of the packaging is in Korean, I don’t know what the instructions are, and I don’t have the proper cooking utensils.  So last night I summoned my improv cooking skills.  I found a curry packet for a sauce… got some pork in strips, weird stringy mushrooms, and bean sprouts at the store.  Sounds weird, I know.  But the end result was yummy.  It’s what I’m going to have for breakfast soon.

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Adjusting

The school seems to be on the up and up.  It’s only 1 block away from our apartment, which is great. :smile: The other teachers (the ones we met, which is only 3, so far) have been really nice and helpful.  Today we get to meet our students and actually start teaching.  I kinda like that they’re throwing us into the work.  No time to freak out and worry.

We have a park right across the street from the apartment.  Apparently badminton is taken very seriously here.  Bring on the childhood memories of playing badminton with the Adkins sisters.  I’m making Seth go play with me once it warms up.  The teachers we replaced even left us rackets and birdies.  The birdies actually have real feathers!  How weird is that?

Shuttle Launch!!

We ventured downtown last night.  It’s amazing.  Tons of people, places to eat and shop.  We found this cheap place that served Marinated Chicken Galbi… that was recommended to us.

IMG_2261 There is a stove on every table and the meal is cooked in front of us.  It was extremely spicy.  They bring out a bunch of little side dishes.  (pickles, kim chi and that yellow fruit they put in sushi alot but I don’t know what it’s called)  I loved this meal.  Basically it was a type of stir-fry.

What I really can’t wait for is adjusting to the time difference.  It’s 5am now and can’t sleep.  We woke up about 3am, which would have been 1pm back home.  Ugh.

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Last night in WV… for a while

I am soo lucky to have such amazing friends.  We went out Saturday nite to listen to some friends of ours play and celebrate the upcoming adventure.

Amy, Paul, Me & Angela

Amy, Paul, Me & Angela

Bobert, John, Lonnie & Seth

Bobert, John, Lonnie & Seth

It was a great way to end our last night in Huntington.  Even my sister came out with us.

Ang & Me

Ang & Me

Sunday evening… thru a semi-blizzard… Ang and Dad drove Seth and I up to Columbus.  I sit now in the airport lobby waiting for our early morning flight.  I could use a plethora of emotions to describe how I feel right now… excited, scared, nervous, joyful, determined, sad, proud… not one particular word fits right now.  It will be one day before we are in Korea and I still have no idea what to expect.  Change is always scary but I think Seth and I are in for the time of our lives.  :grin:

Think happy thoughts for us.

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Just to let you know… we made it to Sanbon safely!  Our apartment is cozy and we’re unpacking stuff.  I’ll post pics soon of it all.  :razz:

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DC… the final hurdle before we are official

I love DC. Always have. It has some sort of weird hold over me and I turn into a little kid everytime I visit. Even the Metro makes me smile. :grin: The past 2 days were my last visit to DC for at least a year.  I wasn’t even able to do much except visit with friends and see the inside of the Korean Embassy.

Our appointment was this Wednesday.  Embassy Row is gorgeous.  Every few feet you are in front of a gorgeous architectural achievement with a different country flag.  Once inside the Korean Embassy, it was like a doctor’s office.  People at windows, sitting in waiting areas, filling out paperwork of all sorts.  They originally didn’t want us to pick up our visas until Friday!!!  We explained that we lived 7 hours away and that it would be impossible for us to leave and come back before our scheduled departure.  Luckily they were really nice people and wanted us to get our visas on time, so they did a rush order and we picked them up the next day.

We also got to visit the National Cathedral.  I had never been inside this amazing church.  Earlier that morning, Obama had been there for a service… which was really cool.  The cathedral was built over 200 years and has only been open for something like 20 years.  It rivals some of the amazing cathedrals I’ve seen in Europe.

A good way to spend the last few days in the States.

A good way to spend the last few days in the States.

Check out their cute little gargoyles… he has on a gas mask!

Built in times of war... thats for sure.

Built in times of war... that's for sure.

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12 hours of hard labor

We spent 12 hours non-stop today (minus chinese buffet dinner) packing, boxing, moving and dealing with our Dads.  Thank goodness for good daddies though.  They brought their trucks and helped lift all the heavy stuff that I can’t lift.

It´s Okay:!:

My dad is really sad that I’m leaving.  I guess he’s having trouble letting his little girl grow up and make her own decisions.  It’s not like I’m leaving forever…. just a year, with a week visit somewhere in the middle.  In the long run, this year will benefit me greatly.  Saved money, quality time with the husband, world experience, easy access to travel around Asia… the pros definitely outweigh the cons in this adventure.  Honestly, I get more excited the closer it gets.  It’s going to be amazing!  :razz:

We are still trying to arrange for O’Siris to go with us… I just hope all the paperwork comes thru in time.

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Moving in the snow

As I passed a bank today it read 16 degrees!  That’s just too cold to be moving stuff to Salt Rock.  We are only about halfway packed and moved.  Ugh.  It never ends… and more snow is on the way.

The Diva in Blue

One thing I have read about Korea, that I am interested in experiencing up close and in detail, is Confucianism.  Korea has the very large numbers of people who practice Confucianism.  Haven’t you seen those cute little books with “Confucius says…”?  I used to love those.  Now, I get to experience it first hand.  I found a quote of his that even fits with my current state of mind.  I am all about learning new things and getting the most out of life.  Seth and I are about to start a journey that will change our lives forever.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius
Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)

(especially the bitter part… I’m soo excited about leaving, but at the same time, I’m going to miss everyone)

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Jumping thru hoops

Wanting to teach English in a foreign country is not as easy as one would think.  After changing my name on my passport, I thought it couldn’t get any more difficult.  Boy was I wrong.  So far, Seth and I have sent our transcripts twice because the first set was missing some sort of signature on the back of the envelope.  We were going to meet with the consulate this week, but they can’t get us in until next week.  There are health screens, applications, money orders, interviews, visas, arranged flights (that I still don’t know when we’re leaving exactly because we don’t make our own arrangements)…. not to mention the stuff we have to do to take O’Siris with us.

On a happy note…. I got my Masters Diploma in the mail today!!! :razz: Thank goodness.  For a while, I thought I’d never be done with Marshall.  It has been one headache after another.

Fake diploma

Squint your eyes and look closer
I’m not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some

– Ani Difranco

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New life, new blog

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me
For I must be travelin’ on now
There’s too many places I got to see

Since I’m going to be moving to Korea, I wanted to make sure that I had a way to share my experience with everyone.  Right now I’m surrounded by boxes and I’m exhausted from packing.  I hate moving.

Life is an adventure and I’m trying to make the most of everything.

Spiral again

My brain feels about like that picture.  We leave in 2 weeks!!!

Oh, and I hope you get my blog site title.  :smile: Octopus and Fish heads.  Food has been my biggest concern through all of this mess.  What will I be eating?  Will I find enough gluten-free food to satisfy me?  I am afraid that I’ll have nothing but fish heads and octopus to eat when I get there.  I am hoping to be proved wrong.  I’ve heard that I’ll either love it or hate it… no in between.

fish heads Octopi

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