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Last Sunday (May 15) was Teacher’s Day (스승의 날), but I have...



Last Sunday (May 15) was Teacher’s Day (스승의 날), but I have been receiving presents since last Friday. Received my most recent (and probably last, for the year) present this morning, so it’s been a full week of presents! Tea, cake, shampoo, soap, lotion, chocolates, lipstick and flowers are popular gifts. One mother even brought in pizza!

May has been kind of a stressful month for me because of the excessive amount of holidays. The kids had to write their parents letters for Parent’s Day (May 8) and we had a huge celebration for Children’s Day (May 8). I’m just happy May is almost over.

Bring on monsoon season!


Literally, the blossoms appeared in Korea and they were...















Literally, the blossoms appeared in Korea and they were seemingly gone overnight. They were gorgeous while they lasted. Happy I got some good photos. Spent a weekend outside of Busan, where we went to Yeongdeok to see the Wind Power Plants and spend the night in the OkGye Valley. Hello, Spring.


I am really, really behind on Korea updates, but my goal is to...











I am really, really behind on Korea updates, but my goal is to catch up by the end of the month.


I have been getting drunk off sunlight daily, curling up in the...













I have been getting drunk off sunlight daily, curling up in the shade of trees to stare at the bottom of leaves. And, starting tomorrow, I have four days off of work. (Happy Birthday, Buddha!) Of course, I will get absolutely nothing done in the next several days. Time will evaporate. But it’s good to have time off!

Pictured are photos from a recent hike. We hiked the western area of Mt. Geumjeong. Then, we made Sanseong Makgeolli in Sanseong-Maeul Village.


As a treat, I taught James how to play MASH during a one on one...



As a treat, I taught James how to play MASH during a one on one speaking class. He drew a spiral in the middle and everything, just like a pro. After I read him his “fortune,” he laughed for about five minutes straight and shouted, “TEA-CHUR!!!” The look of joy on his face was all the warmth I needed on this surprisingly cold Spring day.

Then, even though we were all alone in the room, he whispered, “Teacher… MASH… girls game?” I shook my head and said, “No, just kids game.” He shyly smiled while reviewing his “future.” After class, he ran to show his dad what we did. His dad owns the hagwon I work at. D’oh!


Because I’m feeling very sleepy today, here’s a...



Because I’m feeling very sleepy today, here’s a photo of some more subway sleepers.


This is a photo of my mom carrying a load of my clean laundry...



This is a photo of my mom carrying a load of my clean laundry back to my apartment. I’m not winning any awards for “daughter of the year.”


I teach some of my kids from a series of Science books called...













I teach some of my kids from a series of Science books called “Blue Planet.” I can imagine some benefits from learning English from Science books —but not from a teacher that has a Liberal Studies degree. Science is not one of my strengths. Case in point: I told the kids that sharks were mammals. Oops.


I put all the gifts and notes from my students at my desk, as...



I put all the gifts and notes from my students at my desk, as proof that someone loves me. I like to imagine that the other teachers are secretly jealous, but I know in reality they don’t notice the odd trinkets and origami figures that clutter my desk.

I have just gotten over (I hope) a bout of stomach flu. Thanks goes out to all sympathetic friends and family, near and far.

Intense home sickness comes and goes. I have thirteen weeks left in Korea. I frequently have dreams about flying home and celebrating with old loves… root beer, thin crust pizza, white gummy bears, Neapolitan milkshakes and some activities of the NC-17 variety.


Cutting cookie shapes with the new kindergartners. Brand...





Cutting cookie shapes with the new kindergartners. Brand spankin’ new kindergartners who ever never spoken English a day in their little lives. They speak SO MUCH Korean! They have been my biggest challenge so far, but I’m hoping that someday soon they’ll be my favorite.


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