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Where do you go to drink and sing away your misery upon being dumped?  Well apparently for Koreans, Yeouido is the place to go!

On a beautiful, crisp clear summer night, my friend Jinsung took me to Yeoui Island (do means island).  After a lovely walk through the park, we arrived at this glowing water front.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and such a breath of fresh air after a long week of teaching.  He told me a lot of fun stories about how Korea came from a bear who turned into a beautiful woman, about how there is a rabbit in the moon, and about how Korean men would come to this spot on the island, get super drunk, and sing really loud and depressing songs upon being dumped.  Preeeety believable, actually, considering how dramatic Koreans can be sometimes. Unfortunately for me, we didn’t see any heartbroken wailers, but we did see a live indie jazz band playing at the little floating theater!  Another breath of fresh air after all the inescapable k-pop…

Anyway, Yeouido is wonderful, and altho very commercial now, I recommend it to anyone visiting Korea.  If you want to see better shots of it in the daylight, MK just put up a post here, so be sure to check it out!  Thanks, MK, for reminding me of this memorable night!

MK has been posting about her latest trip to South  Korea, so she has inspired me to go back in time and do a little blog documenting about my previous year in Korea.  I thought I’d start out w/ a post on Ewha Women’s University because she did one on there today.  If you want a real view of the campus, her’s is a better post to look at, because I didn’t take many of the campus.  My mother actually went to Ewha Elementary School when she was a kid, so when she came out to visit me during my year of teaching, we trekked out to the school to see if it was still there.  And it was!

It was super exciting for her to see her childhood school that she hadn’t seen in over 30 years.  What’s even more exciting is that even though the school was closed, we managed to talk the security guard into letting us in to look around.  And guess what we found!

Pictures of every class since the school opened, including my mom’s!  Here’s a close up. See if you can tell which is her, based on my first picture of her.

10 points to anyone who guesses correctly.

P.S.  My grandmother graduated from Ehwa Women’s University and was a doctor. She was one of the only South Korean female doctors of her time.

To be honest, I was super relieved when my teaching contract ended.  But it’s been a few weeks now since I’ve seen my beautiful students’ faces (and a few months since seeing them in person), and I’m really starting to miss them.  ㅠㅠ

Today’s post tells the story of when I held a party at my officetel for Teacher’s Day, and my beautiful cake turned from this:

To this:

I’ll let the pictures tell the story…

Let’s just say, best $30 ever spent on a cake.

I love my students!!!!


For the sake of clearing up any confusion that may arise, I shall explain my teaching in Korea situation.  Even though I just finished teaching my students in Korea this past week, I’ve actually been back in the States for several months now. Oddly enough, I taught the first half of my contract in Korea, and the second half over webcam on the internet.  I don’t recommend it. But I do have pictures. Here are some screen shots I took while teaching over Skype.

This is Joey, one of my all time favorite people in the world.  He was in my 7th grade English class.

Apparently Jimmy let Mary give him a makeover, so he was showing off his new look to me before class started.

(Yes, that is a boy.)

This is a picture of my 6th graders reading their Kid’s Times Newspapers.

Hmmm…Seems like Justin was having some trouble…and is Sarah sleeping?!?!  ::sigh::

I surely miss them, but I’m glad it’s over.  Teaching classrooms of kids on the other side of the world late at night is not the ideal job.  But it was worth it, because I love these kids so much!!!

**Photos taken with Shift+Command+3 on my MacBaby

**No edits

I’d like to put up some pictures of my Orthodox Church in Incheon, South Korea.

Camera: Canon Powershot SD780 IS Digital Elph

One of the first things I did with my 6th grade homeroom students (besides study) was take them to pizza and a 노래방 (Karaoke room).  It was hard to agree on a date, because all of my kids wanted to study on their Friday nights.  (??? Yeah, Koreans are weird like that.)  But once we did set down a time, we sure had a blast.

Peter & Jimmy going crazy over pizza

K-popping their little hearts out

See Video Here

Have you ever experienced the blissful awesomeness of Korean karaoke?

**Pictures taken with a friend’s Canon PS SD1100IS

**Edited in iPhoto

Ended chapter, “Teaching English in Korea,” today.  Here are a few of my many wonderful students whom I spent the past year teaching and loving.

Sarah

Andy

Peter

Mary

Robert

Justin & Daniel

Jimmy

I shall end this post with an e-mail that my student, Mary, sent me today. Ironically, she was the one who stuck her tongue out at me last week because I scolded her for doing her makeup in class despite several warnings.

“To my lovely teacher   Miss.Stephanie….
I think I will miss u a lot…
I was really happy, because your always with me…
I cannot believe to day we finish our last class…
I cannot show you with my action, but I really like you so much….
Thankyou for being my teacher….
Its really last?? bye bye lets see in America…”

Yes, Mary, you sure don’t always show it with your actions, but I like you, too, and I *think* I will miss you a lot as well.

^-~

Cameras: Canon PS SD 1100; Mary’s pic was taken with Canon Powershot SD 780

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