(An-nyoung-he-ka-say-yo) This means good bye.
This week started with more desk warming at school and more cleaning at the new apartment… Can’t wait till I am done with these two tasks! Although I’m sure I will be missing desk warming a little once school starts up again. It’s nice to have those days to do nothing/whatever you want, but too much of anything isn’t always a good thing (unless it’s an endless supply of frequent flier miles so I can take trips whenever I want without having to pay for airfare!).
While cleaning the new place, we discovered we have a few more roommates joining us… NOT the kind you want! We have a few cockroaches. Boo!!! They are HUGE!! We squashed them when we saw them, and I got some roach traps immediately the next day! I am NOT a fan of this! I really hope they are not an issue for the rest of the year.
After staying up really late trying to clean the apartment before we leave for vacation, I have been really tired during the day. One day I was watching Recess (an old ABC’s One Saturday Morning cartoon… my favorite!) and completely passed out on my desk. I made a little bed from the seat cushions in the office to lay down and read my book. While reading I fell asleep and I was OUT! Woke up to a couple students knocking at the door. I got up to talk to them, all disoriented and my leg was asleep, and they kept asking for water. I tried explaining that we don’t have any bottles left and showed them, but they still didn’t seem to get it. So after 10 minutes of this, I decided to just give them some rice treats and they were very satisfied with that and left. I thought I was well rested after my two random, deep-sleep naps, but no. I fell asleep again as a laid down to read again. It felt sooo nice!
One morning on my way to school, I got on the bus at the Seogwipo bus terminal. The bus wasn’t schedule to leave for another 5 minutes, so I just sat down and read my book. As I was reading, I heard a can being opened and looked up to find the bus driver pouring a can of Budweiser in one of those aluminum bottles that coffee drinks sometimes come in… Sneaky! But this explains so much. When I told Eun-mi this, she was not happy and said she would have called the police. Like everything else in Korea, I just went with the flow. Bus drivers are probably my favorite kind of people in Korea! Haha I haven’t met one that I don’t like.
Karima and I have been sleeping out on our porch lately, just because it’s so beautiful outside (and because we’ve been cleaning). But one morning at about 5am, I was woken up by a few rain drops landing on my face. I woke Karima up and we quickly brought everything inside and slept for another hour or so.
Because I am leaving for vacation on Friday and Eun-mi is moving to the States at the end of August, we decided to have dinner together one last time in case we don’t see each other again for a while. We went to a new restaurant in the City Hall area for some assorted pork parts, including the skin, cut up intestines, and some other meat. They also poured eggs around the edge of the grill that cooked while we were grilling our meat. It was all pretty good, but we weren’t huge fans of the skin. After that, we went to a coffee shop and had coffee (Eun-mi) and kiwi gelato (me- YUM!). We talked about traveling, family, and our 6 months together. She told me that we made a good match teaching together and that she learned a lot about teaching from me… She also pointed out that she really liked how I would play the most simple games with the kids and they would have a great time with it. (You don’t have to put in hours of work to get kids to have fun.) I am really going to miss her!! She was my lifeline when I first got here and turned out to be a great co-teacher and a friend I’ll never forget! I can’t express how grateful I am to have been so lucky to get her as a co-teacher and to have met her in general! I hope we can travel together someday… Or who knows… Maybe I’ll come back to teach with her again? Good bye for now Eun-mi!!