Two weeks of teaching down... and 2 years off my life - check!
Seoul, South Korea
So, I am going into Wednesday in my third week of teaching. Clearly daily blogs will not happen - so my new goal is once a week! It seems silly to think that I could possibly have time to post blogs daily when I barely have time to visit the bathroom daily.
LIke, no joke though. My basic day consists of waking up - running, facebooking/skyping ... my mornings are GREAT. I don't have to be at work til 1:30... Usually leave around 1 to catch the bus. At least now that I am getting into the swing of things.
Then ........... I arrive at school.
I organize for around an hour - and I have classes 2:30-8:30. Three classes a day - for two hours each. Oh, excuse me, 1 hour and 55 minutes each. Yes, i forgot about my generous 5 minute breaks between classes. Oh but .. don't worry. In that time, I have to grade.... 10 vocab words (definition, spelling, and use in a sentence) Vocab quiz - same thing. Reading quiz - 5 questions. Grammar quiz - 5 questions. 7 grammar sentences... and the writing homework which is usually 1-2 paragraphs. For 6 children.
Sooo... yeah while teaching - for two hours - this must all be accomplished. Never mind the physical act of teaching ..
I leave at the end of the day and I barely have a working memory of what I accomplished. And I always have to go to the bathroom. That was not penciled into the schedule. Never mind meals. I eat breakfast at 8. Lunch at 2:30. Which on my budget has been salad and tuna. And dinner, which by 9:30 when I arrive home, usually consists of a seaweed wrap from the store downstairs. Which don't get me wrong - totally great. And for 80 cents, you can't really go wrong. Red rice and tuna - it's amazing. But I have 49 more weeks - Im going to need alternative options.
Soooooooo in a nutshell, that has been my life. I am skeptical I'm even going to have time to travel on weekends. Im truly surprised weekends exist here.
So in other news, this weekend Anna and I went to Insadong. We were so psyched cause this is the artsy-est little province around Seoul. I had visions of street art and taking it home and dressing up my apartment with unique finds from struggling Korean artists.
Reality: I found $3 mascara, $1 nail polish, a $4 street Mojito, and a $2 belgian waffle sandwich. And what is that you ask? A belgian waffle folded in half with whipped cream in the middle and maple syrup. All in all, not a bad day.
The next day, I went to the park and strolled around by myself. Anna was sick and cleaning all day - so I explored. I went through this park with all these children taking pics. after about 5 minutes a small boy ran me over with his bike, and I got hit in the head with a basketball. My entire foot was skinned, as was my leg. Luckily my salad I brought to eat survived.
The weekends have been pretty uneventful so far, but still at least a break from reality. We found a rooftop hangout at the top of our apartment building. Naturally a reason to celebrate. We're finding extremely inappropriate moments to drink... which leaves me concerned of re-evaluating my budget. So far, I'm fairly confident that the majority of my budget has gone to the E-Mart wine section. Because let's be honest I'm stressed as much as I am broke.
It is true, though, that the wine is proving to be a problem. We went out for the first night out the other night - a Tuesday, naturally. And we drank Soju for the first time. I had been unclear about what exactly it was, as it is a HUGELY popular Korean drink. Every dive place and upscale bar alike has it. Turns out it is basically a vodka water - but in a bottle. And three of us split 2 pitchers an 2 bottles of pitchers. Not to mention a round of beers at the next bar. This I probably couldve done without consequence at any time other than suffering the effects of jetlagged dehydration. As it was, I had an extremely rough day at school the next day.
Just this afternoon, Anna and I agreed to bang out our lesson plans for the next 8 weeks, while drinking a bottle of wine.
So budget problems are def coming to mind.
Anyyyyyway... I'm sure there is more. The food has been a fiasco. You would think that using pictures would be a safe bet ordering food. Not so. I will never take my ability to read for granted ever again.
Though if I could have deciphered any of it, I probably never would have tried corn flakes, plain shaved ice, sprinkles, sugar, and red beans mixed together. And loved every minute of it?