LET’S CELEBRATE TEACHER’S DAY!!!
May 15 was Teacher’s Day so because of this we didn’t have to be teachers for the day. Instead our director and his wife took us to the nearby Upo Wetlands (one of the 50 most beautiful places in Korea) and wrangled a biologist working there into giving us a tour in English. It was very neat, especially because whenever our tour guide struggled to say the correct word in English he would break out in dance. This might sound crazy but it was actually a pretty effective means of communication (I have since employed this method in my own classroom).
After hiking around the Upo Wetlands we were treated to ice cream from Paris Baguette! And as you might have guessed it was delicious. It is served much like a drum stick you would get back in the States only it is waaaaaay better. After eating the ice cream our next place of visit was a West African exhibit taking place in City Hall. If you had told me I would be looking at African artwork in South Korea a month ago I would have thought you were crazy but nonetheless it is what we did. After some professor from Seoul (Korean George Castanza) gave us a brief intro into the artwork we then posed with what I can only assume were African stuffed animals. A good time was had by all, I especially liked wearing the alien face mask in the African exhibit (not sure how it was relevant but hey, it made for some funny pictures). We then ended the tour with what else….a drum circle. I actually ended up hurting my hands pretty bad since apparently I enjoyed drumming a little too much.
As if this wasn’t enough when we got back to work (no students or teaching, just a desk warming day) we were treated to champagne (which was actually sparkling peach juice in a champagne bottle) and an awesome chocolate cake from Paris Baguette.
And the final act of gluttony for the day was to head to our local chicken shop and eat some fried chicken. Now friend chicken in Korea is quite a different experience since they hack up the whole chicken, fry it and then serve it. The batter is quite bland so you have the choice of getting your chicken in various sauces or if its plain they give you a small bowl of salt to dip it in. Where it starts getting interesting is when you start finding random bones in the chicken- it makes eating your dinner that much more interesting knowing you could be moments away from choking at any time. However on this latest venture our coworkers figured out that there is boneless chicken on the menu, we will have to try out this option in the future.
Overall the day was very cool if not a tad surreal at times (namely the West African exhibit) and I really appreciated our new bosses taking the time to expose us to culture, Korean and other..
Josh has been making some really great collages to go with the days so I thought I would start adding them at the bottom of each corresponding post, enjoy!