What’s on, and what’s been, on my mind as of late:
- Teacher Appreciation Day – Teacher Appreciation Day was this past Sunday, May 15th. I don’t ever remember Teacher’s Day being highly celebrated back in the states, but apparently here in Korea, it’s kind of a big deal. Since Teacher’s Day was over the weekend, many of the students delivered appreciation letters and cards to their favorite educators the Friday before. Since I’m still relatively new here, I was surprised (and happy) to receive a good handful of letters/cards that said nice things such as “Thank you!” “I love you!” and “English is fun!” from some of my students. One of the greatest joys you can ever experience is receiving a letter from a child letting you know that you’ve made a positive impact on his or her life.
- Information Overload – I sure am learning a lot of new things while living here: how to teach English to non-native speakers, how to speak Korean, the art of gesturing, how to rely solely on public transportation, all of the math and science* content I learned in elementary school but have forgotten over the years, how to be an adult, how to dress modestly enough so I DON’T get reprimanded by Ajumas**, etc.
- I DO feel like dancing – Have I mentioned yet what an awesome Lindy Hop scene there is in Seoul? We’re talking dancing every night of the week at various venues. Also, the level of dancing is high, so high to the point where I rarely ever have a bad dance. The fantastic Lindy Hop scene here has me out dancing 2-3 times a week. (Back home, I was dancing maybe once a month.) After a three month hiatus from dance, I’m finally starting to feel like a dancer again.
- From Suwon newbie to Suwon tour guide – After living here for only a month and a half, I’m about to have my first couple of visitors! This weekend, my blogger friend, Kate, will be flying over from Prague and hanging out in South Korea for a week before she makes a move over to Thailand. After Kate’s visit, Chance will be flying in the night before my birthday (May 26th) and staying with me for three weeks. Talk about the best birthday present ever!
- There’s no place like home – I really love living here, but I do miss home a bit. I mean, it would be hard not to miss Sacramento since it’s the one place I grew up for 25 years. Looking through my Twitter feed doesn’t help either: “Beautiful day in Sacramento!”; “Meeting @so-and-so for happy hour at @awesomesacrestaurant!”; “Second Saturday art walk tonight!” Seeing those kinds of tweets make me miss the people, places, and activities I knew and loved about my hometown, but then I remind myself that those people, places, and activities will (hopefully) still be there when I get back; and what I’m doing here in South Korea is exactly what I’m meant to be doing right now at this point in my life.
What’s been on your mind lately? How’s life treating you?
*In addition to teaching 25 English classes a week, I have to teach a math/science class for 5th/6th graders. I know, right? Math and science are NOT what I signed up for.
**Ajuma is the Korean word for “middle-aged Korean woman who has already had kids.” One time an Ajuma tapped my ass with her umbrella and pointed to the bottom of my dress; I’m pretty sure she was trying to tell me it was too short…