17
Sep
08

A Few Things

Driving around on the scooter has given me a wicked farmer’s tan. Between driving, my walks, and trips to the beach, I am probably more tan now than I have been since I was in middle school. I will try and get a photo soon, to show just how absurd it has gotten. It”s nice to be tan again, after being pretty pasty throughout college, but by the same token, the farmer’s tan is a bit…hickish.

I moved into my new place yesterday. It gave me not one, but two headaches, and set off my OCD something fierce. But, Kara, the new foreigner, came over in the evening and helped me rearrange furniture, and chatted with me while I unpacked. It was very much appreciated, and I felt much better afterwards. I like my new layout, and I have a desk (albeit tiny) at long last, for free. I think it will work. If it doesn’t, I will buy one in Mokpo, but I really don’t think I need a fancier one (the one I have is actually a student desk!) and I don’t really need to spend more money either. I have moved the dining table into the kitchen, as well, which frees up space and makes the main room feel less like an all-purpose room and more like a living room that just happens to also be my bedroom. I hope to finish unpacking today, and I will have internet again by this evening as well.

Now that I have a cell phone, I find that the Koreans call me ALL THE TIME. They are really tied to their phones, and they get a little irritated if I don’t answer. I’ve never been a very big phone person (except for a short period after graduating high school, and it somewhat annoys me, but it makes organizing so much easier. I’m still one of only two foreigners here with a cell phone, but once the other foreigner with a cell phone has her baby (sometime in the next two weeks), I think I will probably be a large source of organization.

I cried this afternoon, for the first time in awhile. I was really missing Marc, feeling like a nuisance, upset at difficulties with moving, and frustrated with the (temporary) return of hot weather. Plus, due to the hurricane, my parents are near impossible to contact, which is a bit stressing as well. Plus, with the news that large swaths of both Galveston and Bolivar were essentially washed away, I was a little depressed. I spent a huge portion of my childhood and teenage years on Galveston (most weekends in middle and high school, working on the Elissa), and so the thought of it becoming an even more economically depressed area than it already was is a bit disheartening.

At least I only have a two day work week this week. I’m at Seokgyo today, and will be at Jindo tomorrow. But, starting next week, I think I will be going to neither, in the future. Two new Americans are arriving tomorrow to work at Seokgyo and Jindo (they’re a couple), and so I will no longer be going to either of those schools, I think. Lee Myung Bak, the president, wants to have a foreign teacher in every school by 2010 or so, and he’s working on focusing on the small villages first. By the end of the week, Jindo will have 8 foreigners, which is pretty incredible. And I’m willing to bet that by the time I leave in May, there may be one or two more. I think that at that point we will be less of a “waygook posse” (as we jokingly call ourselves at times) and more of a “waygook mob”!

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