What’s on, and what’s been on, my mind as of late:
- Mudfest 2011 On July 16th, my friends and I are headed to Boryeong Mud Festival! This festival is two weekends of beaches, drinking, and rolling around in the mud. Apparently, this particular festival is popular with foreigners, and everyone whom I’ve talked to about it says it’s a blast. The last time I rolled around in a huge mud pit was when I was 21 years old and working at a summer camp; I can’t wait to do it again.
- Guess who’s coming back to Korea?! If you guessed Chance, then you’ve guessed correctly. That’s right. My amazing boyfriend has booked another plane ticket to come visit me again. He’ll be here on July 19th and will be here until August 11th. I’m so, so, so excited! I also feel extremely lucky to have a boyfriend who is willing to go above and beyond to make this long distance relationship work. Like I said before, he’s amazing.
- It’s not summer without a summer camp From August 1st – August 12th, I’ll be teaching an English Summer Camp at the school I work at. Essentially, the camp is Mon-Fri from 9am-12pm, it’s geared towards 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, and I have to plan the entire thing by myself. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make up my own lesson plans from scratch, rather than teaching out of a lame book. I’ve decided to have five themes for my camp: Superheroes, Under the Sea, Around the World, Food, and Pirates of the Classroom. I have a lot of fun ideas for these themes, some of which include making pinatas, making root beer floats, having a treasure hunt, and of course, lots of games, activities, and movies. It’s going to be a lot of work on my part, but planning something fun for my students that they’ll love will all be worth it in the end.
- The Trip of a Lifetime (Part 2) My paid summer vacation starts on August 13th, which means on that day, I’ll be jumping on a plane and heading back to Europe for the second time. First I’ll stay in Athens, Greece for four days, Rome, Italy for four days, and then Madrid, Spain for three days. I’m stoked to visit Europe again for the second time this year, only this time, it’ll be a different experience: I’ll be staying in hostels instead of with friends/in a fancy hotel, I’ll be visiting during the summertime, and I’ll be traveling alone. Traveling alone is a little scary to think about, but if I can move to another country by myself, then surely I can travel by myself.
My summer has already been awesome, and it’s only going to get better from here on out! How’s your summer been? What have you been up to?