February turned out to be such a fantastic month. So much so that I ended up getting quite sick at the end/beginning of March and was out for abut 5 days. One of the best things was that the weather suddenly turned from freezing cold to almost warm.
Most of January was 3 weeks of teaching an intensive program at the school called the “ESL Program”. I was in charge of the cooking program for the pre-basic and basic students, i.e. those who could barely string a sentence together.
But, you don’t need too much English in the kitchen, as show works better than tell. We made quiche, bento, cupcakes, brownies and pizza. They were 3 of the most stressful weeks of my life, but worth it. It’s always good to go through those experiences, just to prove to yourself that you’ll come out the other side just fine. It’s definitely made me appreciate teaching smaller classes!
November 2016 was awesome, mostly because I planned my vacation so that I flew to Perth for my friend Jodi’s wedding, and then I also managed to go and visit my parents for my birthday. While in Perth I caught up with several friends, including the amazing Ione who picked me up from the airport and let me stay with her for the whole time. I also saw Erin a couple of times which was nice, Maya and Mel, Monica and Rebekah, Sam and Alisha, Steve and Shakeena. So many old friends that I haven’t seen for so long because I choose to live abroad.
The wedding itself was beautiful. It was my first wedding, and it was really lovely. I can totally see how it would take more than a year to get everything organised.
October turned about to be a great month in Daegu. There was so much to do, and the temperatures allowed for a range of activities. For example, we did a lot of partying!
A lot of people left my school during October and November, so there were a lot of occasions for celebrations.
I arrived Saturday a month ago, but it does NOT feel like a month has past. Does it get worse, this feeling of time flying past, faster and faster? I accepted this job with excitement and some trepidation. I knew it was going to be OK because I’d spoken to both current and ex-teachers, and they all enjoyed their stay for the most part. But I was going to live in a ‘dorm’ with other teachers. I was going to live and work in the mountains, not in the city. It was going to be a totally new experience, since I had to come up with all my own teaching materials and ideas.
Vietnam was the last country on this trip, which started in Singapore, then up through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos. After the drama I had in Laos getting the visa for Vietnam (just in time before Tet), I found out that there were no buses going into Vietnam for at least 10 days. The only option I had was to fly, though luckily I had enough in the budget to do so.
I flew into Hanoi, expecting a terrible immigration procedure, but it was actually one of the easiest I’d ever encountered. Much easier than Laos, Thailand or Indonesia. I was whisked through, then was picked up by a car I’d arranged earlier. Because of the earlier dramas in Laos, I wasn’t about to risk being stranded at the airport in Hanoi. I needn’t have worried though. Hanoi was a very modern airport, incredibly clean and they had plenty of taxi options.
Along the way from the airport to the hostel, we drove along this imposing bridge, which looked very communist/futuristic! I was immediately transported to 1984.
Even though it doesn’t sound much to ‘only’ do between 3-4 hours a day, for someone who never exercises, it’s A LOT! I mentioned the other day that I had done more exercise in the last 2 weeks than in the last 3 year. They laughed, thinking I was exaggerating. I wasn’t.