Archive | April, 2012

New Coworker!

27 Apr

The last four days have been pretty great! My internet is fixed, I have food in the refrigerator, I have money in my pocket and best of all, I have a new friend to explore Korea with!

As I said in my last post, my fellow American teacher, Brad, jumped ship after my first week. His replacement, Rachelle, started on Monday. She’s from Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been here for about a month and a half working at a school in Ulsan. Her school hired too many people, so she volunteered to take the job here in Daegu. Continue reading

Midnight Run

23 Apr

I’m not really in the mood to write, but I said I would try my best to post at least once a week so here goes.

As far as work goes, my second week of teaching went SO much better than my first. During my first week, there was one class of fifth graders in particular that really through me through a loop. I mean I had to shake the urge to cry after that class. Now they’re one of my favorite groups of students. Weird, huh? I’ve really enjoyed getting to know my students:)

HOWEVER, things have been a little crazy at our hagwon. Continue reading

Challenges: Teaching and Culture Shock

16 Apr

ATTENTION: I feel some responsibility to warn my readers that they may find one of my images (that of a slaughtered dog) disturbing. To my knowledge, eating dog meat is not a mainstream practice in South Korea but it is still offered at many restaurants and was among the fare offered at Chilseong Market. My intention is to share my experience, not offend anyone. So if you wish to avoid viewing this image, please leave this page now. Continue reading

My Home for the Next Year

12 Apr

Wow. Were should I begin? Daegu has managed to shock my senses with her sights, sounds, smells and tastes. I highly regret waiting so long to post because the last three or four days have been a blur of airports, taxi rides, adjusting to a 13-hour time difference, getting lost and relearning simply tasks. I shouldn’t forget to mention finding my way in a new culture and language. I’ve learned that a trip to the store can feel like an obstacle course, scavenger hunt and game of charades all rolled into one. Continue reading

“I send you Flying-tickets for coming to Korea.”

4 Apr

I can’t sleep, so I thought I’d do some pre-trip writing.

I leave for South Korea in three days. My plane leaves Indianapolis on Saturday at 6 a.m. On Friday morning I’m getting breakfast with my family and saying goodbye to my hometown of Fort Wayne. Then Chris and I are going to head down to Bloomington to say goodbye to Lindsey, my youngest sister, and hopefully my friend Paul too. Then back up to Indy where we’ll spend the night at Chris’ brother’s house so we don’t have to wake up at 1 a.m. to make it to the airport. Continue reading