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!
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.
Before I left Korea, I decided I needed to visit its famous holiday island, Jeju. I flew down and stayed in a hostel near the main bus terminal. While this was convenient for taking the bus, next time I would probably stay closer to the downtown area which has more restaurant and shopping options.
My last month in Korea! We said a lot of goodbyes, drank a few drinks, tried to eat as much Korean food as humanly possible and generally tried to fit in all the things a good procrastinator always leaves to the very end. July is when summer really starts to kick in, and the Koreans take to the outdoors to cool off.