It’s true, I really do. Too bad she lives in Buffalo, NY now and not with me back in Korea. Oh yeah, speaking of Korea – I’m baaaaack! Sorry I haven’t updated since mid June. I’m a terrible, inconsiderate, and lazy person – but to be fair I was also busy and really, I was hardly doing anything interesting. So since mid June I:
1) Said goodbye to all the friends from my program who are returning to the land of the free at a fancy lunch thing at the U.S. army base in Itaewon. It was touching, to say the least. Here’s a picture:
2) The school year finally ended and I went home for some sweet, sweet summer vacation. I spent 2.5 weeks in the States where I kicked in Orange County, ate everything in sight, used my parents’ credit card to buy things for which they were unaware they were paying, visited good friends in Minneapolis (where I ate the most divine slice of pizza of my life – a macaroni and cheese pizza), didn’t cook anything like I thought I would, saw good friends, and pet a deer at the county fair (which I went to twice, not ashamed). Here’s a picture of the deer and me, since I would classify that as the most memorable and touching moment about my time home:
3) I went on vacation to Thailand with Boyfriend. Basically, I only ever vacation in Thailand, which is a major first world problem. Sometimes I’m, like, embarrassed because people are like “OMG you had 2 months to travel around Asia during your grant year in Korea – where did you go?!” and I answer “Thailand.” and they say, “Oh, and…?” and I say, “Thailand.” Then they say, “…oh….cool! I’ve always wanted to go to Thailand, you’ll have to tell me all about it!” which is code for “Yeah, I’m sure you could tell me all about it since you’ve never been anywhere else.” Anyway, I have too many first world problems to get into so instead I’ll summarize my 8590485th trip to Thailand with many pictures and limited captioning:
Here’s a picture from the airport while we were waiting to board our flight. This was when I was still happy because the fact that I hadn’t slept in like a fully day hadn’t set in yet, and before I later got so sleepy and grouchy I declared the entire vacation a “bad idea.” Oops. Well, I took it back later.
Here’s some fancy thang near our hostel in Bangkok, where we stayed the night before departing for island paradise at another ungodly early hour. Speaking of Bangkok, I just want to say that I think the Bangkok International Airport (airport code BKK) is probably the worst place I can think of.
Finally, we arrived on Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s major islands. This airport is like the most resorty cute airport ever – the exact opposite of it’s counter part in Bangkok. Here, I ran into a woman whose mom was a PZ alum from when PZ was still a womens’ college! The Claremont Colleges world once again proves to be a very, very tiny one.
Walking along this questionably stable pier to get to the ferry that would take us to Koh Phangan, the most heavenly place I’ve ever been…aside from the jelly fish larvae that I’ll talk about in a second.
Koh Phangan. Gorgeous, I know. The only catch was that if you stayed in the water for a prolonged period of time you’d start to feel a weird stinging sensation, as though you’d rubbed against a bunch of nettles or something. Turns out near the full moon jellyfish larvae come that way and then they like pinch you for fun. I won’t suffer any long term damage from it so that’s good.
The sky wasn’t always this blue…in fact it rained really hard like once or twice a day, which actually ruined a few afternoons for hanging out at the beach. But, when it was blue like this it sure was pretty.
This is the last picture I took before I got caught in a terrible torrential downpour which caused me to throw a pretty decent temper tantrum screaming things such as: “I hate my life.” “I hate you.” “Why did you do this to me?” “I’ll never feel good again.” “I think I’m dead inside.” and “AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!” Eventually I got over it, but it involved getting dry, sitting in bed eating chips, watching English sitcoms and then taking a shower.
After another night in Bangkok, filled with more delicious Thai food and fresh fruit I was off to Korea to start another year. (I just realized I made this trip sound like it kind of sucked, but actually it was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. So, don’t be mislead by…me.) I’m at the same school still, which is wonderful because everything feels comfortable and I was able to just jump right in and start teaching. No more of those awkward introductions and wasting lessons letting small children ask me questions like if I’ve ever been on television (answer is “yes,” btw). I’m also living on my own now which rocks so hard because not only is my apartment beautiful and in the most perfect location, but I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, and I never have to eat that disgusting weed soup again. On the sucky side there is no maid to clean my space and do my laundry on a daily basis. Hmmm.
Amusing school happenings:
I was exiting a teachers meeting and I accidently kind of like knicked a chair and it made a sound and the entire faculty looked at me like I was a freak…which isn’t entirely a lie.
The 5-2 boys are obsessed with killing these wasp things that plague the school. It’s great they kill them, but it sucks they learned I’m scared of them and try to shove their dead carcusses in my face. Five of these wasps were in the English classroom and one time on the first day. I’m not sure how to interpret that.
The school lunch is as crappy, carb filled, and unable to sustain one’s appetite for very long, than ever before.
Today we had an all school dinner and afterwards we all went to noraebang where I watched the most powerful, old, and stuck up men at my school cut a rug and sing their hearts out to Korean pop songs. I also learned that the portly woman with glasses in the administration office has got some sick dance moves. Whoo, boy. Also, a sketchy janitorial like man stole the raw meat we were cooking from the restaurant where we are. I straight up saw him take the tray of meat, take some pieces off, and put them in a plastic bag he had under the table. I mean, I can understand if money is tight, but man, that’s a little….inappropriate. This same man told me my computer wouldn’t turn on the other day because my desk was too messy – it turns out the computer wouldn’t turn on because they turned off the power supply for that side of the room over the summer. Go figure.
Ok that’s it for my current Korean life. I might be better about updating in the future.