Uhm, so: photos of local love motels, students, classrooms; stories about riding buses, trains, Korean "mountains", food, local folks I love, local folks I don't get, and language. And don't get me started about education and the Korean Government's habit of arresting journalists who write negative things about it and the economy. That's the forecast. I am full with words; thoughts falling all over the place, tinkling shiny metalic baubles, littering my path, enticing you to follow.
Yesterday, for example, I was up at 6AM. By 8.20 I was teaching my first of four classes, visiting 35 of 150 students I will see every Tuesday until late June. We worked on minimal pairs, -s ending sounds, and discussing "interests"/making "plans". I ate something--I really don't know what it is called and neither do my colleagues--for lunch around Noon and chatted with Praise whenever I had a break. We wrote about dinner with her Cousin at 8PM, which quickly followed the first meeting of my new students at Seoul National University student union from 4:30 till 6PM. The walk from school to Seouldae campus was wonderful but quick as I left my classroom at Samseong High School around 4.10. Dinner with Praise's relative was wonderful as was my meeting with my new students, soon to be friends I hope, as was the walk to Seouldae with many of my highschool students lagging behind and shouting at me, as was my day at school, as was my morning walk to campus.
I got home. I laid down. I fell asleep. Turn the page and it's already 2.40PM the next day, near 120 more students seen, and I am preparing to see off my good friend Jan as he leaves Seoul, I hope not but perhaps for good. But before that happens I have to teach my weekly Faculty English class from 4-5pm. We will discuss our families tonight. I'll get home around 5.45 and leave by 6.15 for Sinchon and dinner. And goodbyes. I hope I get drunk.
I miss nothing of the United States and this has me feeling down. Vacant. I do miss my family very much. But the being there that I thought I would miss has been replaced with a being here that I much more interested in. Do you understand what I mean? I don't know if I do fully. I am trying to wrap my mind around it.
Somehow, I am finding time to write, play soccer, cultivate a healthy relationship, and learn a new language.