Weekly update

Teaching:
Going amazingly well. I think I am a pretty good teacher and I am really enjoying it. I am having fun lesson planning and coming up with supplemental activities to go with the textbooks. Also I calculated that I only teach 22 hours a week. Not bad!

Food:
I have basically been eating yogurt for breakfast, Korean food for lunch at school, and then spaghetti at home for dinner. I got corn, black beans, and tomatoes at the grocery store and am going to attempt to make burritos soon (I brought tortillas from home and we have a lot of cheddar cheese that someone gave Daniel). Yes they have cheese here! A whole section of it, although it is rather expensive. I bought Laughing Cow wedges and Philly cream cheese (about $5 each).
I finally went to a Korean restaurant and ate everything that was on my plate! I got curry and the rice came with potatoes, carrots, and beef. I also went out for galbi, which is where you cook your own meat on a grill on the table. It was a cool experience but I didn’t like any of the side dishes and the meat was pretty fatty. Highlight of the week: delicious burgers at Kraze.

Weather:
It is so humid here! Not what I imagined. I am always dripping with sweat when I get to school in the morning. Not pretty.

Holiday:
Wednesday was Election Day here, so I had the day off… unfortunately Daniel did not. Before he went to work we grabbed a pizza and took it to the river park for a picnic.

In the afternoon I went to the Coex Mall in Seoul. I only stayed for an hour as there’s not much you can do in a mall when you have no money. I did browse the English section in a bookstore and found a lot of books I want, but they are about twice as expensive as they would be at home. I also found a clothing store I like, Uniqlo, which has cute clothes that might actually fit me. Exciting! I want to go back to the mall with Daniel so we can go to the kimchi museum, board game cafe, and casino.

Weird Experiences:
While riding the subway on Wednesday, I could feel that the person sitting beside me was staring at me. I figured it was a rude old man, but it was a guy in his early 20s. He kept leaning over me watching me play Sudoku on my phone. So when I finished my game I put my phone back in my purse. Then he was practically sleeping on my shoulder. I thought he really was sleeping, but he was using his phone so he was obviously awake. It was very creepy. I got off at the next stop and waited for another train!
Friday I fell down the stairs in the subway while writing in my notebook. Note to self: Do not attempt to multi-task! I didn’t get hurt but it was highly embarrassing.

Fashion:
#1 trend I have noticed: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck shirts. And the girls here actually make them look cute. They wear big t-shirts, skinny jeans, and then cute heels or flats. They had a massive Mickey Mouse shirt selection at Uniqlo so I guess I will have to get me one! Also bows (in your hair or on your shirt) and small floral print dresses are all the rage.

Weekend Fun:
Saturday was our chill day. We went to a cafe, shopping, and then for a walk where we stopped to use some exercise machines (they’re everywhere) and play HORSE (I kicked Daniel’s ass!). Daniel ended up playing a real basketball game at the river park which was entertaining to watch.
Today we went hiking at Namhansanseoung. I didn’t make it all the way to the temple but from Daniel’s photos it didn’t look like I missed too much. It was a nice park with a big creek and lots of picnic spots, and of course it was very crowded.

Travel:
I booked our summer vacation to Japan! I will be in Tokyo for four nights by myself and then meet Daniel in Kyoto for four nights. Also we are planning to take two day trips in the coming months with a travel company, the DMZ and rafting. At the end of June we would like to go to one of the West Sea islands, Muuido, and go camping.

-Jen Pace

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3 responses to “Weekly update

  1. Mary Baumgartner

    Hi Jen,
    Sounds like you’re really taking in all the sights and adventures of the other side of the world. It’s great that you’ll be going to Tokyo for your vaca-tion. I’ve never been there but Great Grandma went there many years ago. Love, Grandma

  2. Beth

    Uniqlo is a cool store. I went to one when I was in Japan a couple years ago and it kind of reminded me of Old Navy.

    Sounds like things are going well!

  3. Jen Pace

    things are going great!
    thanks for the comments 🙂

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