Wow – I remember when we stepped off the plane on March 1 and everything felt so novel and crazy, Now, we’re pretty used to things here in Korea. We don’t feel like the “n00bs” anymore. Here’s a recap of this last week which marks 6 months working here.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
The nature of living in Korea as an expat means that friends will come and go all year long. You may meet someone you really like and get along with, and they will be leaving the next month. It’s always sad to say goodbye but new friends around the world is a really special thing to have!
We went to this “all you can meat” restaurant to say goodbye to one of our fellow American friends! It’s Korean barbecue, but a little different than normal. At regular barbecue places, you order what kind of meat you want (if you know how to read or say it) and how many grams of it. You have one basket of lettuce leaves and maybe 2 plates each of various side dishes all to share. The whole cost is split between everybody. At this place, however, everyone pays 12,900 won and it’s all you can eat, or “meat,” as the name states. There is a freezer of many different kinds of meat, and you choose as much as you want. Same goes for the side dishes. No more having to constantly ask for additional ssamjang (delicious spicy dipping sauce) or lettuce leaves; or having to reach over the table to even get a lettuce leaf. It’s a pretty good deal and makes the kbbq experience better, in my opinion.
Monday, August 24, 2015
When it comes to throwing away food and drink at fast food joints and the like, Korea is very particular about the process. At home, you dump it all into the bin, put your tray on top, and call it a day. Here, it takes a little more work. Let’s say you ate a Whopper and drank a soda at Burger King. When you’re done, you toss the trash, pour out any remaining liquid/ice into the liquid receptacle, put the cup into the cup receptacle, and toss the straw and lid into the plastic recycling bin.
This method can be found at other various places, such as banks! I noticed this Cass beer bottle at the bank and realized it’s for people to dispose of any remaining coffee they have in their cup. Of course it would be put into a big beer bottle…
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The kids get their photos taken at school all.the.time. The Korean teachers are always in and out of classes taking their photos to upload to some sort of intranet that allows the parents to see their kids in action, everyday. Therefore, they are really used to being photographed and always want to get in on any selfies.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Every morning before classes start, one of the foreign teachers has to lead the exercises with the kids. This is to let them get out the wiggles and have some fun. The 4 of us have a designated day and then rotate on Fridays. Kevin’s day is Wednesday.
Wednesday was also exam day for our kindergartners. That’s right, these 4-6 year old’s (Western age) take quarterly exams! My class had a writing section about their summer vacation. Roy wrote about his recent trip to an English camp in America. And now he wants to move there!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
In Art this week, I was in a bit of a bind due to the new sketchbooks not being in yet, so I took matters into my own hands and made up (with the help of Pinterest) an activity for the 6-year old class to do (Korean age). We traced our hand with our thumb and index fingers at the fold of a paper, When we cut it out, our hands made a heart shape. Then, we decorated the hands.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Oh, Andy. Such a strange little kid.