Archive | May, 2012

When in Rome: Getting Naked at the Jjimjilbang

24 May

This work week and last have been pretty good. Last Tuesday was Teachers Day, so we were showered with gifts and food and letters. It was really sweet! I love teaching! Most of my kids are incredibly sweet and smart and funny. This job is so much more than I anticipated. I’ve heard that many foreign English teachers describe the job as babysitting. While it can feel that way at times, Rachelle and I try to take our jobs seriously… which means having a lot of fun! Sure, we have material to cover, but we have a lot of freedom in how we plan our lessons.

We spend a lot of time researching “speaking activities” i.e. games and brainstorming ways to keep things fun. We’ve learned (through trial and error) that each student and each class’ dynamic is unique and responds differently to activities and approaches. This is definitely an interesting, if at times frustrating, aspect of teaching. Lol… One day, Rachelle came back from class and said, “I feel like I was performing at a comedy show and I fucking blew it.” Continue reading

A day in the life

12 May

It’s Saturday night in Daegu, and I’m enjoying a much-needed night in. I’ve been living here for almost five weeks, and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve adjusted to daily life here. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. Every day is full of surprises, but I’ve fallen into a routine. Continue reading

Reunited and it feels so good

7 May

It’s Sunday night in Daegu, and as I look over my shoulder at the last couple days, all I can do is smile. What a great weekend:)

The workweek sped by in a blur. Teaching English is still chaotic and full of challenges, but I’m learning to go with the flow and not sweat the small stuff. After all, the vast majority of my students are incredibly intelligent, enthusiastic, funny, sweet and adorable. The job also allows me to be creative everyday. Last but not least, I work with wonderful people. I’ll try to share some of my classroom stories later this week.

My biggest worry lately has been about money. I get paid in a couple days, but I think it will only be for part of April. I’ve done the math, and I’ll have to be on a VERY strict budget until my next paycheck in June. Womp, womp… Okay, now on to happier news.

Mil-Al visited me this weekend! We met her at the train station on Saturday afternoon. We must have looked like such a cliche, shrieking and running toward each other for a we-haven’t-seen-each-other-in-almost-a-year embrace lol… Continue reading

Traditional Markets, My First Jjimjilbang Experience and Hiking to Gatbawi… PHEW!

1 May

Sunday marked my third week here in Daegu, and it was definitely the best weekend I’ve had so far.

Friday was a rather trying day at work. I had to scold my preschool class because they were out of control. But that’s what you get when you make five and six year olds play games that resemble Survivor challenges.

Anyway, I didn’t do too much on Friday night. On Saturday, Rachelle and I set out for Chilseong Market (the market I visited during my first weekend here). I’ve never come across it in any of the tourism literature I’ve encountered, and I can see why – every time I come near it, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses starts playing in my head. Regardless, it is definitely an interesting experience. Continue reading