Annyong
Life in South Korea

Dog days…

There’s a very good reason why I haven’t posted anything in about a month…  I don’t really have all that much interesting (?) stuff to say lately.  Korea isn’t really all that  new and exciting for me anymore.  I don’t mean that in a negative way; I’m still enjoying my time here, it’s just that I guess I’ve sort of become used to daily life. 

My routine at school is pretty set by now, the kids know me and what to expect every day and I in turn have realized and accepted that I will never get all of them to shut up for more than 5 minutes at a time.   I’ve gotten to know my city really well also and have a pretty good handle on where to go, what to eat etc.  The crazy drivers, funny English signs, drunken 75 year olds etc don’t seem to amaze me like they did a few months ago.  It’s all part of “living in Korea” that seems to have gone from “exotic and exciting” to “routine.” 

When i think about the fact that I’ve been here for over 8 months I find it hard to believe.  Time is still flying by and I know the last few months will go ever quicker.   I’ve only got about 1 month left in the spring semester then I’ve got 10 days of vacation, a 3 week summer camp (read: hell), 2 weeks vacation then I’m essentially done. 

I’m going to try to use my vacation time to travel around Korea a bit, and I’m trying to plan for about a week in Beijing at some point as well, so look for this blog to have some interesting pictures/anecdotes later in the summer, but until then…well, there’s a reason I never had a blog before coming to Korea and it’s because average, daily life is pretty boring.  And who wants to read that?

Anyway I hope everyone is having a good summer.  I’ll leave you with some interesting answers/quotes I’ve heard from some of my students in the past few weeks.   Cheers.

 

Me:  How are you today?

6th grader:  It’s rainy! (said on a sunny day)

 

Me:  How are you?

2nd grader:  I’m Pineapple!

 

Me:  How old am I?

4th grader:  11!!

Me (pointing to myself):  11?

4th grader:  no no no no. 

Me:  How old?

4th grader:  12!!

 

Me: What’s your favourite food?

5th grade student:  Kitchen!  (can only assume this kid meant ‘chicken’)

 

Me:  Tell me something that’s “cheap.”

6th grader:  My body!

Me:  I wouldn’t advertise that.

6th grader:  What?

Me:  Nevermind.

 

Me:  What are some things we can do in the summer?

6th grader:  Ice hockey!

 

Me:  Hello!

Kindergarten student at start of class:  See you tomorrow!

 

Me:  Tell me a delicious American or Canadian food.

6th grader:  Kimchi.

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4 Responses to “Dog days…”

  1. […] you can see, not everything here is exotic and exciting. My friend Andrew has some well written similar sentiments too! But this got me thinking… there were so many things that I found to be interestingly strange […]

  2. …but don’t forget, what is routine to you is still exotic to those of us back home, so feel free to write about the Korean ordinary. BTW Mrs. Park ( next door) was horrified by the report about kids being hit with a stick. She thinks it is a provincialism that would never be tolerated in Seoul!

  3. Good to hear that your students have a good grasp of the English language….

  4. […] you can see, not everything here is exotic and exciting. My friend Andrew has some well written similar sentiments too! But this got me thinking… there were so many things that I found to be interestingly strange […]


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