Pad Thai

24 12 2008

Hey, we’re going to Thailand. We’ve been crappy about posting news for a while, but it looks like we’re going to be even worse for a week or so. We’re going to be too busy getting massages, eating curry, and feeding monkeys to be able to post for a few days, so you’re just going to have to suck it up and cope with not having a new update from your favorite source for Korean news that matters for a little while longer. Maybe we’ll say something about Christmas or the amazing, although quite short, people we spend most of our time with in the next post. I’ll include a few pictures to tide you over.

Santa's a dick

Santa's a dick

Santa came to visit our school today. We couldn’t understand what he was saying as Santa only speaks Korean, but the Korean teachers let us know that Santa isn’t so nice. Most of the kids like little Harry here came away with one of two opinions: a) Santa’s kinda mean or b) that’s NOT the REAL Santa.

Me and Allie

Me and Allie

After vacation we only have two months left with our current kindergarteners, a realization that kind of hit home with me today. That’s a long time for a six year old, but not so long for us. We love these kids and are happy to see them every day. In fact, they are one of the biggest constants in our lives since we’ve been in Korea. Allie, like the rest of my kids, is a remarkable individual that I feel lucky to know and teach. She’s also my friend, and I’ll very much miss seeing her every day when she moves on to elementary school.

Perching magpie

Perching magpie

So last weekend we went into Seoul to see a place called Inwansan or something like that. It’s a Buddhist/Shamanist site on the northern end of Seoul featured in the Lonely Planet guide. We saw some pretty cool stuff there. Like the rest of Korea it was full of a lot of contrasts, like this magpie hanging out near an ancient shrine a little more than a stone’s throw away from a very busy part of Seoul, the world’s second largest metropolitan area.

So, I hope everyone is happy and well. We’ll update again in a week or so and let you know how the mangosteens and, hopefully, durians were.

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That’s The Spirit

16 12 2008

korean-christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here.  No snow, but we have definitely heard plenty of music such as Miss Kim’s Keuriseumaseu Ceurassikseu (translation: Christmas Classics) at the grocery store yesterday, and Brittney Spears’ Santa Baby.

Oooh, plus?  On Christmas Eve? Our school is hosting both Santa and……A MAGICIAN.  Yes.