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Recollections of bull fights and hints at ocean crossings.

“TRAVEL IS GLAMOROUS ONLY IN RETROSPECT.” ~ PAUL THEROUX

Oh Mr. Theroux if only that weren't so. You, and by you I really mean me, never really thought about the time in between "the experience" of traveling. Actual travel is exhausting and uncomfortable to say the least. When you are thinking about the whole concept it sounds great hop from one part of the globe to another taking in everything that the world has to offer. Yes. Sign me up! And do not get me wrong I love it and I encourage any and everyone to travel (even if it is just to a neighboring town). But, my oh my, the time getting from point A to point B is an experience all by itself.

I said I was going to be busy in April and busy I was. Ay yi yi. Never again will I plan so many trips in such a short time frame. I loved the trips and I am glad I went on all of them but I am so tired now. After my trip down to the Cherry Blossom Festival I had a weekend of staying home and enjoying what Ilsan has to offer. It was very nice except for the fact that I started to get sick. During this time of year Korea experiences what they call "yellow dust." Which is basically massive amounts of pollution that gets swept up in the wind and atmosphere and comes directly from China to settle over Korea. It is gross. When it's particularly heavy it looks just like the name would suggest. Yellow dust. Over everything.

Now considering where I come from you'd think I'd be able to handle a little dirty air. But apparently seven months of clean air have made my lungs and body soft. I have had a cold for two weeks because of this stupid dust. But my cold did not deter me from going on my little mini vacations.

The third weekend in April I had a two-day trip a little south to 대구 (Daegu) and some surrounding areas. Korea has their own brand of bull fights and it was the annual bull fight festival. I got up at the unholy hour of 430am to catch the very first subway to the opposite side of Seoul and then got on the tour bus for a four hour ride to the area we were going to be staying in. Enter the very un-glamorous bits of travel Mr. Theroux. So the trip started out a bit rocky just for the sheer pain of the actual transportation bit. And again the rain decided to join us (which in some parts turned to snow) so the festival was kind of a flop. The bull fights still happened because they were indoors but all the other scheduled activities and experiences of the festival didn't happen because it was all outdoors. After one fight (which ok it isn't a Spanish fight so no one died but it was still sad to see the poor bulls pushing and shoving each other) KB and I headed over to the Bull Fighting Theme Park. And yes that was the name but no it was not a theme park. It was a museum. Someone really needed to hire an English speaker to confirm the name.

We spent a good three hours at this "theme park" sitting near the wall outlet charging our phones and playing word games. Woohoo sounds like an epic time and a great use of our travel experience. Although I did get a kick out of the map of bull fighting around the world. According to this map we have been calling ourselves by the wrong name. We are not the United States of America like I thought. We are, in fact, the United of States America. Those pesky little prepositions. Such a difficult concept to grasp. But fear not, we fared much better than poor Mexico, who is actually "Maxico." And we seemed to gain a lot of land mass near our eastern border. And Greenland took some enhancement meds because it was twice the size of the USA. Strangest most amazing map I have ever seen.

After the mostly-flopped bull fight we headed to an abandoned railroad tunnel that has been turned into a winery. It was amazing. This area of Korea is known for their peaches and persimmons and they have their own special winery that makes persimmon wine. You can walk in this tunnel and taste the wine and see some of the barrels of wine that are being aged. There were some slightly creepy areas that I loved and they made it very cool inside with the decor and copious amounts of christmas lights that lit the whole area. But it was super crowded. Apparently everyone likes to go wine tasting when it rains. That does not bode well for the summer months when it basically doesn't stop raining...

After the very cool wine tasting we headed to the hotel and then to dinner. Afterwards most of the group headed to check out the night life of 대구 (Daegu) but since I had been up since 430 I headed back to the hotel to sleep. And sleep I did. On a very hard floor with the traditional mat on the floor style. Let's just say I really appreciate my mattress now.

The next morning we all hopped on the bus, drove another hour or so, to 구미 (Gumi) where we ate lunch. I am very proud of myself. I ate blowfish. Not exactly something you hear everyday. Oh, yeah, I ate blowfish for lunch today. What about you? Surprisingly it did not have a fishy taste to it. It was really good.

After lunch we all headed to a zip line adventure! This was the highlight of my weekend. A 2 mile long course with 9 different runs. It was amazing. So much fun I want to go again! There isn't much to say about zip lining. If you've gone you know what I am talking about and if you haven't you really need to remedy that. You strap in to this massive body harness and basically fly down a mountain on metal cables. Doesn't that just make you want to find your way to the nearest zip line establishment? Despite my lack of a glowing description I highly recommend it. Go. Do it. It's fun. Peer pressure!

Then it was back on the bus and subway and walking and then home to my wonderfully comfortable bed and personal shower.

Now I much prefer a charter bus to normal buses or crowded trains but they can still be ridiculously uncomfortable. No leg room. No reclining enough to get comfortable. No control over temperature or bathroom breaks. After a few hours your butt hurts and you don't want to sit but you can't do anything about it. This is where the travel parts gets precarious. Is the actual travel worth the destination? If it weren't for the zip line and the potentially haunted (at least it looked like it could have been the best place for a haunted story) then I would deem the travel portion not worth the destination during this trip but all in all I am glad I went. If anything it just gave me a perspective of a not so good weekend away.

Balance, that's all it was, balance.

And balance I received. This not so great of a trip was a precursor to what I shall deem the best weekend trip to date. 진도 (Jindo). My last weekend trip in April... there are not adequate words to describe it yet. Jindo is amazing. And just a little teaser of what is to come in my next post... I shall speak of Moses miracle crossings, beach side barbecues, puppies, and mountain climbing. Add a little Doctor Who and friends and it equals epic proportions that likes of which this blog has never seen!

But see them it shall! Next time because I am tired. I am sure you are just riveted beyond belief now. Well I promise you won't have to wait longer than a few days.

Until the next time!

Posted by cstravelsabroad 07:33 Archived in South Korea Tagged food culture adventure sick Comments (0)

Raining on my Festival

“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

The first of my three weekend trips in April was exhausting but so very much worth it. I went down to 진해 (Jinhae) for the annual cherry blossom festival and then to a small seaside town called 통영 (Tongyeong). Travel around to explore more of Korea: 1. Sleep: 0.

It's the tough choices in life.

The weekend started Friday evening. I went with KL pretty much the entire length of subway line 3 to meet up with the tour group at 11 o'clock at night. I guess out first clue that sleep was going to be scarce on the ground was the fact we were leaving Seoul at 11 o'clock at night to get to the southern tip of Korea at 430 in the morning. Yeah. Now I usually have no problems sleeping on vehicles but there is something about a charter bus that just makes sleep impossible. Mainly the fact I could not stretch out my legs because of the speaker under the seat in front of me. I usually can just prop my head on the window and be good but not this trip. I swear every extremity fell asleep while I could not.

We finally rolled into the town and all of the weekend plans were derailed. A rain storm decided to make itself present for the festival as well. I guess the rain and clouds wanted to see the beauty for themselves. But it definitely put a damper on the weekend. Saturday was supposed to be spent with part of the group going on a hike on one island and the other part of the group exploring another island that is more picturesque and sightseeing worthy. Hiking in the rain is not ideal but impossible for our group because of the danger level of the peak they were going to hike, also, the ferry's stopped running because of the storm. Yay storms. Thanks a bunch.

So we went decided to switch the days of our trip. We went straight to 진해 for the festival. The rain washed away a lot of the crowds but it was still pretty busy when it got later in the day. It was definitely not as beautiful as it could have been because of the rain. But despite most of the blossoms being on the ground it was still a beautiful site to see. I got some great pictures of the cherry blossoms and a famous creek and bridge walkway. We spent some time at the actual festival grounds and then took another bus to some railroad tracks that have some famous cherry blossoms as well. That was actually fun and very pretty too. We got to stand on the tracks and take pictures and then we got some good pictures when the train came through the station as well.

Basically the festival was just one big photo op. We ate lunch (some incredibly delicious BBQ pork) and then clambered back on the bus and headed to 통영. I crashed on the bus ride to our hotel. Not gonna lie the best hour of my day.

It finally stopped raining once we got closer to 통영. 통영is considered to be the Naples of Korea. I have never been to Naples so I couldn't tell you if it is similar but it definitely did not look like the rest of Korea. I actually felt like I had left Korea. If it wasn't for the food I would never have thought I was still here.

We spent the evening exploring the harbor town and ate dinner and went to bed early. The next day was going to be another exhausting day because we had to be up and ready to board the bus by 6am. At least that is what we were told. But again mother nature had other plans. As the hikers went there way we (the non-hikers) were supposed to take a ferry to the island we were going to spend the day exploring but because the storm warning had not been lifted the ferry we were supposed to take was not running (the island is pretty far out there) so we had the option of taking a different ferry to a different island. Great and all, improvisation is a way of life, but this ferry wasn't leaving until 11am. So here we are awake and ready to go at 6 am and no where to be for almost 5 hours. So what does one do that early in the morning when you have already turned in your room key?

Explore of course.

There is a famous neighborhood in this town that is very run down and poor so people took it upon themselves to make it more beautiful by painting the walls. There are so many different pictures and styles and colors it definitely had the desired affect. I think I took close to 500 pictures during these 2 days.

After spending quite awhile walking around this neighborhood and snapping as many pictures as humanly possible we headed back to the hotel to someone's room that still had their key. On our way back we stopped at a live fish market (so many interesting fish). Also it was mesmerizing to watch all those old 아줌마 (ajummas are just old ladies) methodically cutting up all the fish. You could tell they had spent years doing the exact same thing. We also went to a big outdoor market and looked around.

We met up with the rest of our small group at the hotel and headed to the ferry. I have never been on a ferry before and I most definitely had never been on a Korean style ferry (we sat on the floor) but it was awesome. The ride was fun and there are a lot of other little islands that we passed so, again, I took way too many pictures. We went to an island called 비진도 (Bijindo). There were so many colors! And the weather was really nice. The rain had finally ended and there were blue skies. We walked from one end of the island, up this hill, down the hill, and across a path that connects what looks like two parts of the island from one ferry port to another. My hair still hasn't completely forgiven me for the wind and sea water.

Another ferry ride and we were back at 토영 harbor and ready to go home. Again we had to learn to adapt (some hikers were injured and we had to pick them up from the hospital where they got stitched up, the rest of the group missed their ferry back) so we didn't end up leaving until close to 430. We got back to Seoul a little after 10 which means I did not get home until close to 1130. I pretty much crashed and woke up Monday morning ready to crawl back into bed.

What I lost in sleep I made up for in pictures. I was a picture taking fool this whole weekend. I am looking forward to what the rest of the trips have in store. Hopefully mother nature decides to play nice and have spring actually arrive. I would like to put my winter coat away and not have to get it out again for awhile.

Until the next time.

Posted by cstravelsabroad 22:26 Archived in South Korea Tagged adventure friends firsts Comments (0)

The Obligatory Post on North Korea

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” ~ Wendell Berry, A Place on Earth

I guess the best thing is to address the elephant in the room. I wasn't sure if I should even glorify Kim Jong Un's behavior by bringing anymore attention to his antics, also with my luck I will eat my words, but one must not live in fear, right?

So onward.

North Korea, also known as Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is throwing yet another temper tantrum and the rest of the world has decided to take notice. What some people don't realize though is that the Korean War never actually ended. Bear with me for a moment as I give a tiny little history lesson (and please if you read this and any facts are incorrect please tell me). So looking back into history the Korean peninsula has not really fared well.

This poor peninsula has been subjected to countless invasions, occupations, and foreign rule throughout it's long and distinguished past. But up until 1948 and the end of World War II it was always one country. Japan had been occupying Korea and when they fell at the end of the war so did their rule over Korea. But despite all of the 'stuff' that was going on with the rest of the world (you know, wars, treaties, holocausts, a-bombs) Korea was yet again not left alone. The Japanese left but the Soviet Union and the US quickly took their place in Pyongyang and Seoul, respectfully, leaving a gaping divide down the 38th parallel.

Now I will not get into major history here because frankly I just don't know enough about it to say anything with any ring of legitimacy but as I understand it 1948 the establishment of "north" and "south" happened. In 1950 the Korean War started. Three battle filled years later and in July of 1953 the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. This agreement was designed to "insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved." (courtesy of wikipedia) That sounds all fine and dandy but no "peaceful settlement" has ever been achieved since 1953. Sixty years later and North and South Korea are still technically at war.

Which brings me to my first point. All those news outlets out there who have joined the bandwagon and have started reporting all of Kim Jong Un's latest movements and his reports of being "in a state of war" with South Korea. He is speaking the truth. Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Yes, North Korea is in a state of war with South Korea. They have been since 1950.

And here is where we enter into the portion of today's program to talk about what I think of this whole situation. Many a metaphor come to mind when I try to think of the best way to describe the situation. All of them great in my opinion but somewhat lacking. It seems I need more than one to fully get my point across.

So first. Kim Job Un. He took over for his father at the end of 2011 and the world has seen many changes come to the North since then (shout out to Google and Dennis Rodman) but sadly many things still remain the same. It seems to me that Kim Jong Un is not just trying to show his country he is just as good, if not better, than his father and grandfather. I'm not excusing any of his behavior or attitude but it can't be easy being the Supreme Leader. Seems pretty daunting to me. All that power to do whatever I wanted to all those hopeless plebeians I have under my cult-style rule? Obviously I would have to exert more power too. Why doesn't the world understand? He just needs anarchy, that he rules.

With all this guy's obvious handicaps into the world of international affairs and basic human dignity it is no wonder people are talking. But really, he has to be ten times of insane to think threatening the US is every a good idea.

And here we enter the gray area.

I love my country. I am proud of my nationality and my government. Do I agree with everything all the time? No. But that doesn't mean I don't carry around a certain amount of pride. So take that with this grain of salt.

The US has a superiority complex. A major one. Shocking I know. Who would have that good ol' Merica would have issues with its ego? Clearly not Americans. So add to the equation a dictator trying to prove himself and a country with an ego bigger than its national debt and you will end up with a volatile combination. And just for kicks and giggles take a newly elected female president and throw it into the mixer. What comes out of the oven? The biggest inundation of "oh my goodness or you okay?? Do you need to come home??" rhetoric from every member of an expats family and a massive media storm depicting terror and war all over the news. I mean I appreciate the concern but really all I am worried about is rain falling, not bombs.

Think of it this way. You are at your family reunion. Everyone that is still alive has joined you at the park for a nice afternoon spent in the sun. And obviously things go south, I mean, some of these people really hate other members of the family. Your family history has involved death, lies, stealing, adultery, tattle-telling, the inability to share, whining, deception, and favoritism, and that's just this generation. So mom and dad are fighting over money while their kids are fighting over who gets what portion of the food. Then there are those aunts and uncles who are trying not to take sides but are secretly taking bets on who is going to win. Grandma is over in the corner talking about grandchildren and lamenting the loss of tradition. Then comes the obnoxious older cousins who you think are so cool with their big cars and beer chugging skills. And over in the corner is the red-headed step-child that no one really talks to because historically he just doesn't play well with others. Well the really loud bickering has stopped between mom and dad for a moment and even the kids have calmed down a bit and now we can hear the sister of our red-headed foe tugging on her step-dad's jacket saying how Johnny-who-likes-to-throw-tantrums is looking at her and she doesn't want him touching her nice dress and getting it dirty. Now usually the rest of the family is too busy to worry about what Johnny might do to Susie's dress but now that the main source of entertainment is in a temporary lull all attention goes to Johnny. And dad, sensing the ability to show off a bit, puffs up his chest and goes to give Johnny a stern talking to. But now, Johnny who was just trying to get someone to notice him gets mad, he wasn't doing anything except trying to talk to his sister. So he gets all mad and starts threatening to throw another tantrum because his sister relies on their step-dad too much. But dad can't have that. The whole family is watching now. He has to show just how much authority he has. But Johnny can't back down either or he will forever be looked upon as that insignificant spot in the corner of the family photo that people try to cover up in frames. So tempers start flaring and the rest of the family realized how much bigger Johnny got while they weren't looking. What's going to happen? And Susie is just standing off the side not exactly sure what to do as dad postulates and Johnny throws his toys around.

Yeah, it's kind of like that.

The world is trying to guess what Johnny will do while Susie has seen this tantrum before.

Now I am not trying to say there is absolutely no danger because as much as I would like to think Kim Jong Un is not a complete moron he may prove to be more of a troglodyte than people assume and actually follow through with his many fluff filled threats. But for now not many inhabitants of South Korea really believe that. At least there isn't a massive line to stockpile rice and kimchi at the local markets. Just like Susie, South Korea has heard this all before, they have been living in the threat of "it's possible" for 60 years. I mean, I am taking precautions because it would be irresponsible not to, but by precautions I mean signing up for alerts and e-mails from the embassy. I am still living my life. I am still going to work and planning trips. Anxiously awaiting spring to officially grace us with her presence. And generally not thinking about the weird step-brother in the corner.

Is Kim Jong Un a threat? To his people? To the south? To the world? Does the US overreact to things? Does it like to show its power? Does it like to stick its nose in other people's business? I'll leave the final answers to you but for me: yes, yes, possibly (but really... the Korean peninsula is small- any bombs will hurt the north too- and the destruction of the resources he so desperately needs makes me want to turn this 'possibly' to an unlikely), unlikely (see the previous explanation as well), yes, yes, and yes.

Will something happen? Who knows. I do not claim to see the future. Am I worried? No. All I can do is live in the now. Which means I am waiting for the end of my Friday and the start of my very busy adventure filled April.

Jinhae Cherry Blossom festival here I come! ... as soon as 430 gets here and I can go home!!!

Until the next time...

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Spreading the joy

“I travel light. But not at the same speed.
” ~ Jarod Kintz

Community. It's amazing what technology and shared interests can do when they are combined. Before coming to Korea I decided to get a little more qualified to teach English and got my TEFL certificate. The company I was certified through helped me to get the job I currently have and everything that I am doing now. With the certification came a great community.

For instance I am part of a Facebook group of fellow TEFL Institute alum. It's a great networking tool so that people interested in certain countries can talk to people who live and work there as well as receive teaching advice and share a laugh. Anytime someone poses a question about South Korea I am always willing to answer any questions just like the other TEFL members who assisted me during my transition abroad. There is definitely a community amongst foreigner teachers every where I look. From internet groups and reference tools to tumblr accounts and tour groups I never feel alone when it comes to living abroad. Having that shared passion to travel and see the world really brings all kinds of people together.

I couldn't be more happy about that. I have made some amazing new friends and met so many different people from all over the world. Those experiences alone make every bump in the road worth it. Lately I have started to talk and meet with many more people and I hope those relationships continue to progress. And with all these encounters you start to realize the world is small.

I met someone from the states, that if I were still in the states I never would have met, but we share so many of the same interests that it almost seems serendipitous. I met up with an old university acquaintance and some of her Korean friends only to find out the next morning that her Korean friends live in my apartment building. I think the world is shrinking.

Well it's late and this is a random dose of strange thoughts from Charlene. I hope you enjoyed this segment of our program.

Please stay tuned for these exciting upcoming events:

Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae and a picturesque Island with a lighthouse.
Korean style Bull Fight and Ziipline Adventure in Daegu.
The Jindo Island Sea Parting Festival and Cloud Bridge hike.

I am going to be just a tad bit busy in April.

As far as the rest of my life at the moment? My eyes have never been dry before but almost two weeks post LASIK I wake up and feel like the desert has decided to take residence in my eyeballs. Also heaters are the devil and dry out my eyes like you wouldn't believe... just great that it is still barely 50 in Korea and we have to keep the heater on so that we don't freeze at work. Lesson planning has become second nature. I have started to teach my daycare class everyday. It's been a week and I am already exhausted by those kids. I am really buckling down and trying to learn Korean. Have I ever mentioned I am not really that good at languages that are not English? US taxes are just plain mean and annoying. Also am becoming a little too dependent on rice and 김치 in my diet. As my Korean friend would say "I am 102% Korean." Well, I'm working on it anyways. Also agencies who are supposed to help you search for lost relatives are very slow in Korea.

Until the next time...

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The Groundhog Lied

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

I don't usually take much stock in what the groundhog has to say on groundhog day, and by not much stock I mean I usually don't even know what the final verdict is, let alone think it has any bearing on the expediency of spring. But after experiencing my first real winter I had hoped that an earlier spring, and not six more weeks of winter, was, in fact, going to happen. Alas it was not meant to be. Don't get me wrong, I love winter, I love the cold much more than the heat but come on already... I am from the central valley. I'm used to 70-80 degrees right about now. I am not used to being excited for 45 degree weather. On a side note... it snowed a little this morning. Yeah... spring can start anytime now.

I have to keep this post short due to a lack of being able to stare too long at a computer screen temporarily. I finally took the plunge and had LASIK surgery done! Yay being able to see without glasses or contacts! I love it. If you have ever wanted to have the procedure done I highly recommend it, and if you are traveling, get in done in Korea. It's super cheap.

It was the strangest of experiences. When you go in for the procedure they do some preliminary tests, give you a shot (in the butt- because Koreans are weird and that's where they give shots...), take your blood (for plasma artificial tears, that's right folks, plasma eye drops for post-procedure), and then you go wait to be put under the laser. When you go in for the actual procedure you lie down on a table, they tape this weird sheet on your face so only one eye is available at a time, and then put numbing drops in your eyes. After the drops take effect the real fun begins. I will explain in detail. This is your only warning.

So to start the procedure they put this strange wire protraction device into your eye to keep the eyelid open. Then as you are staring into the brightest light you have ever seen the doctor tells you that you are going to feel some pressure, not to move, and that your vision will go black for a moment. Great, thanks for the warning! Because seriously... I would have freaked without it. You then see as this drill looking device is lowered onto your eye and you feel a lot more than pressure. At this point my vision went black and all I felt was this crazy sensation of pressure and a little pain (surprisingly because it was supposed to be a painless procedure) as whatever it is cuts a flap into my eye. Then the crazy drill like contraption is removed and you see these tweezers pull something away from your eye. Now obviously my vision was pretty bad because I wanted to get LASIK done but when this little bit of whatever is pulled away blurry becomes an understatement.

The next part reminds me of a dentist because water (or saline or whatever) is rinsed all over your eye. Then the brighter than the sun light is returned to focus because you are supposed to stare at this tiny little green light as the laser does its job. Easier said than done when the light from the laser makes all these red, green, black, and white spots appear before your eye, just saying. I might have freaked out a bit but thankfully the technician was keeping track of the progress out loud for me. Without his "10% 20%...80% 90% done!" commentary I might not have made it through that procedure. Also one thing that NO one ever talks about, so I have no idea if it was just me or if people just don't want to gross other people out, is the smell. I could totally smell this awful burning smell, which I can only attribute to the fact that I was lasering off portions of my eyeball. Lovely image for you all, you're welcome.

Well after the laser has done it's job it is more of the tiny hose and jets of water all in your eye and then you watch as a triangle q-tip looking thing flips that clear layer of whatever back onto your eye and then proceeds to brush it down like a wallpaper-er would smooth out wrinkles. This happens for a good minute and then the doctor "dries out" your eye before removing the clamp and asking you to blink. And then covers your eye with the portion of the mask and transitions to your other eye and the procedure starts over.

I did pretty well with the first eye but I had trouble keeping my right eye from moving while the laser was supposed to be doing it's job so it took a bit longer. I'm sorry... the green light kept moving. At least my eye thought it was and I didn't exactly have that much control over where my eye was looking.

Shout out thank you to KL for being my LASIK buddy and coming to take care of me post-procedure. I would not have made it home without her! For the first few hours my eyesight was still a little fuzzy and at points I could barely keep my eyes open because of how much they burned. I am now on a strict regiment of eye drops and I sit in very dim lights at work (mostly because the computer screen tends to kill my eyes after a few hours) but it is all very much worth it! I love being able to see.

I love being able to open my eyes in the morning and not have to squint and move my phone right up to the face to see the time. I love not having to worrying about still being able to see when it is raining. According to the first test I have 20/20 vision now! Woot. I go in for my one week check-up in a few days, we shall see what happens then. When it is all said and done I will be so glad I did this. I am already half-kicking myself for waiting so long. All my co-workers think I am just wearing contacts and all my students gasp and point to their faces when they see me. "Teacher! Glasses? What?" Yeah, that pretty much sums up their ability to ask where my glasses went. Hey... it's a work in progress. They all seem to understand when I say LASIK though. One girl was very excited because she wanted to get it done too. Cute sweetie but you're in the fifth grade, you may have to wait a bit, good luck in the future though!

Although I am discovering that a lot of the teachers at my school have also had LASIK done. It's amazing what one finds out after the fact.

Aside from LASIK my life is just a series of, go to school, teach, lesson plan, go home, sleep, repeat. There are a few Korean lessons thrown in as well as various outings. I cannot complain. Life is pretty amazing right now (aside from taxes blues that is... why must taxes be so difficult! Why?... anyways). Great job. Great friends (both old and new). Great future travel plans. Yeah I definitely cannot complain at all.

That's it for now! Until the next time...

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