It's been a month already!
This weekend I started my Korean cooking class, which was really fun. It's held at the Daejeon International Culture Centre, which puts on a bunch of different classes/events for foreigners in the city. It was way more professional than I expected, we had our own cooking stations and this really great translator. I'm starting yoga classes next week and a Korean language exchange! I have to say, it's really great how reasonable "extra-curricular" activities are here! My yoga registration cost $40 for 3 months!!! My cooking class was $50 for 5 classes! My gym membership is $3 a month! Basically, I feel like I can afford to do a lot of things I can't at home!
On saturday I went to a city called Cheongdo, it took about 2 1/2 hours to get there on a train. We went to see the Korean national bullfighting festival. I was already kind of on the fence about going, because I didn't know how I felt about the whole animals fighting each other thing, and I am going to say, never again. It wasn't particularly gory, I mean the bulls just basically pushed against each other until one of them got tired/gave up and turned away, but it wasn't really nice to see the animals getting stressed out by the crowds etc. I thought it might be like a "cultural" event, and I guess it is kind of unique, and the animals are totally beautiful and clearly well cared for (I mean they put the Costa Rican bulls to shame), but it was just kind of weird and sad.
Also, adding to the weirdness of the day were the token idiot embarrassing foreigners who you REALLY don't want to be associated with. There were a bunch of other foreigners getting wasted and acting like losers around this tiny little rural town and chugging beers at the train station. My friends and I were trying to avoid them and then we realized we were waiting for the same train back (remember... 2 1/2 hours..) and jokingly I said "ha ha, shotgun not sitting beside that guy." Well. The seats are pre-assigned and Murphy's law was in full effect because guess who I got to sit beside? You got it! The drunkest guy in Cheongdo!! Ugh. Thankfully he got up to go to the bathroom, got confused and passed out in the wrong seat about half-way through the trip.
On another note, I am absolutely in love with my students. They are sooooo smart and sweet and funny! Of course some of the boys are naughty, but the naughty things they do are actually completely adorable and endearing. There is no "attitude problem" with my students at all, the worst thing they might do is play with their pencil case while I'm talking, or maybe do homework from a different lesson during my class. They are such good kids. I can already tell that I am going to be ridiculously attached to them when they "graduate" from grade six! Awww! They are so sweet, it totally breaks my heart if I have to reprimand them because they are so earnest and respectful, so if I take them in the hall to have a stern word with them for something or other, their little eyes well up with tears and they just solemnly nod their head and apologize. If anything can melt your heart, it's a chubby little 12 year old Korean boy (Kyle) who is almost in tears! Aww..
All in all Korea is treating me very well!