You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately; you may or may not care. Regardless, I figured I would dust the cobwebs off of my blog and fill you in as to why I haven’t been blogging: I’ve been busy with my visiting boyfriend, teaching an English summer camp, and preparing for my rapidly approaching trip to Europe.
My boyfriend, Chance, left for the States this morning after his second three-week stay in Korea this summer. Even though we didn’t do nearly as many tourist-y activities and eat out as much as we did during his first visit (we’re trying to save money), we still had a wonderful time together simply because we were together. We learned more about each other, developed more inside jokes, and even had a couple spats which only helped us to become closer and make our relationship stronger because of the positive ways in which we handled them. Saying good-bye to him at the airport this morning was much harder than it was the last two times we parted because I’m not going to see him for four months, which will be the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other. However, I have to keep in mind that it could be worse: Chance’s December visit will be his third visit to come see me in Korea, and for international long-distance, that’s pretty damn good.
I’m just about done with the two-week-long English summer camp I had to plan and I am happy to report that it went extremely well. Imagine planning the shit out of a two week camp for 18 smart, well-behaved, English-loving Korean students, and they end up enjoying every second of it: a teacher’s dream! Over the past couple of weeks, my students and I played games, made crafts, and watched movies pertaining to superheroes, pirates, sea animals, and the like. But best of all, my students and I got to know each other and become close, like a little family. Planning this camp and seeing my students learn, grow, try their best, and most importantly, have fun has been the best experience for me as a teacher so far.
This Saturday, I’m leaving for a two-week trip to Europe as the grand finale of my summer vacation. I’ll be traveling to Greece, Italy, and Spain. And I’ll be traveling alone. I’ve been pretty nervous about the idea of traveling by myself for the first time ever: What if I get lost? What if I get lonely? Questions like these cross my mind, but then I remind myself that I moved to a foreign country on my own, so if I can do that, traveling alone for two weeks should be cake. Another exciting aspect of my trip is that I get to escape South Korea for a little while; it will be nice to go some place where it’s not raining half the time and I can wear a strapless dress without being judged for it.
And that sums up everything: I miss my boyfriend, summer camp is finally over with, and in two days I’m leaving for Euro Trip 2011 Part 2: The Solo Edition. Wish me luck!