Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Yeongdong Ice Park
Last weekend, I went to the mainland and to go ice climbing with Lindsey. We went to an ice park near the small town of Yeongdong, near Daejeon. The ice is all man made, pumped from the river below and sprayed over the cliff with little shower heads. That weekend there was a major climbing festival and competition. We didn't compete, but it was a super time and met lots and lots of people. It was really crowded!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday was my birthday and what a great day to have Wednesdays off! This is a bit of a special birthday for me since I turned 29, but in Korea, they count your age from conception, so you're a year older than your western age. I get to try out being 30 for a year! To celebrate, I went on a hike up Hallasan with my friend Emma. We woke up super early and got a good view of the sunrise on the drive to the mountain. The weather was nearly perfect, blue skies and warm with little wind. I think Hallasan is easier to hike in the winter time since you put these little mini spike/crampon things on your feet. The snow covers most of the stairs, so you don't have to be so careful about your foot placement. At the top, we met a Slovakian couple who are on a long Asia trip, visiting South Korean Buddhist temples. They turned out to be climbers and super nice folks. We invited them out to the saunas then to dinner at the Bagdad Cafe (Indian Restaurant) and had a good dinner with them and Darren, Christine, and Sam. It was a perfect birthday!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The weather over the past week has been incredible! Nearly 15C lately. I went for a bit of a cruise on Sunday and at the end of the day we saw the Haenyos out diving. Everyone in Jeju will tell you that Jeju is famous for three things...Wind, Rocks, and Women. These are the famous women free-divers of Jeju.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
When I'm at home and practicing my guitar, I like to watch the gardeners outside my window. This picture doesn't show how amazing I think this is. This garden is right on the corner of quite a busy intersection. I don't know how people decide who gets to use the land, but every little section belongs to different people. The people around here use every bit of land possible for something!
Friday, January 04, 2008
I like to think that most of my students are happy and enjoy my classes!
Some of my classes can be pretty large (for Korean hagwons)
Sometimes they even study hard!
Although I post pictures of climbing, turkeys and bands, the central point of my life is my work as an English teacher. Lately I think I've kinda been neglecting that aspect of my life here in Korea on my blog, so here's some photos of some students. I teach both upper elementary and middle school students, sometimes in the same class. As a reminder, I teach two classes a day. Each class is three hours long. Lately it seems like the end of the evening class can get pretty grueling since it finishes at 10pm!