Jon and Sarah Plus Korea

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thanks/Goodbye for now

Since we're back in the U.S., our lives are back to normal, so we don't have anything exciting to share with you guys. Thanks for reading the blog and commenting! I had fun keeping up with the blog, and maybe one day I'll have something else interesting to share in this sort of format. As for now, me sitting around doing homework and applying for jobs isn't too exciting.

If anyone finds this blog because they're interested in teaching in Korea, feel free to comment or e-mail me if you have any questions. I have a whole year's worth of wisdom I'd love to drop on you.

Seoraksan

One of the things I wanted to make sure we did before leaving Korea, was to visit Mt. Seoraksan. It is the third highest mountain in Korea, located in Sokcho (just an hour north of us), and is a very popular tourist destination for Koreans, who love outdoorsy stuff.
We couldn't believe it, but the "Big Buddha" at Seoraksan temple was even bigger than our personal "Big Buddha" in Ingu.


The view from the top:

I couldn't find Jon for a while, then I Spotted him perched on a cliff:

These boys, like many young Koreans, took the proximity of foreigners as an opportunity to ham it up. They sat up on these rocks and yelled, "Help me!" for quite a while. Then I yelled down: "How are you?" and one boy yelled: "Terrible!"


This is sad to say, but that was our final Korean adventure. You can see more pictures here.

Belated Posts

Well, we've been home for three weeks now, but I still have some pictures to share, so I'm going to make a few final posts.
The last two weeks that we were in Korea, we taught Summer Camp. English Camps are usually pretty fun, since everyone has a relaxed attitude, and the main goal is to make sure the kids enjoy themselves. As with Winter Camp, we had a day of role plays where the kids made their own masks and props. I never stop being impressed by their creativity!
This costume evolved like so:






Some other good ones:




You can find more pictures here.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Students

A lot of our students go to the local church that we attend, and last week they asked if they could come home with us afterwards. They like our apartment because we have a big playground, and I guess they're kind of curious about the way "wayguks" live.

After playing outside on one of the HOTTEST days so far, we retreated into our tiny apartment, which isn't exaclty designed to have three kids running around in it, or three of anything, really. So Hui (the girl) found my camera and ran around our house taking pictures. All of the ones that follow were taken by her. I loved going through my camera later and finding these (That's So Hui's bear).


More pictures here.

Anniversary

As I'm reminding myself daily, we've almost been in Korea for a year. But there's something else that's been around for a year now: our marriage.
For our anniversary, we decided to spend a day at the beach followed by "Italian" food in Jumunjin. If you've heard me talk about foreign food in Korea before, you know why I used the quotes there.
Anyway, it ended up being a really great day, because it was the first time the water on Ingu beach was warm enough to actually get in and swim. There were a few tourists there, and we joined them for some wave jumping. We didn't wear our bathing suits, but that's ok because Koreans just tend to wear whatever's around to the beach, including heels and jeans. Even when they wear a bathing suit, it's usually covered up by a t-shirt and shorts. (A funny aside: the head of our English center told me that her goal for the summer is to fit into a bikini. I told her I don't really like to wear bikinis. She was surprised and said she thought all western people wear bikinis. She was actually only buying one for her trip to Russia, because she thought she would stick out if she wasn't wearing one.)
The one is supposed to be for one year, but my Aunt Amy says it looks like we're saying "We're number one."
In the field outside of our apartment (Jon bought me the dress for my birthday).
By the sea in Jumunjin.
Yes, Jon got a milkshake with his meal.



More pictures here.





Korean Cultural Trip

A few weeks ago, EPIK teachers from all over our province came to Jumunjin (which, luckily enough, is only thirty minutes from our town) to take part in a day of Korean culture. I forgot my camera, but luckily our friends Will and Theresa took a bunch of pictures, which I stole.

The women got to try on traditional Korean Hanbok:

And how to sit like an unmarried Korean woman from the Joseon Dynasty:

We participated in a traditional Korean tea service:

And even shot bows and arrows (mine went the least far).

It was a fun day, especially since we spent most of the time learning how to swing and see-saw in the traditional Korean way instead of teaching.

More pictures here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Everland

It's been a while, but I want to make a few last posts before we go back to America. Which we will be doing on August 12th!

One thing that I wanted to do before leaving Korea was go to Everland, which is supposed to be the Korean version of Disney World. I've never been to Disney World, or any huge theme park, so I was really excited about seeing all the characters and shows. Everland turned out to be more like Six Flags, in my opinion, which I've been to several times, so it wasn't that exciting. It was still weird in a special Korean way, though, and there were a few good roller coasters, so it wasn't a waste.

The theme for summer is "Summer Splash" so they have a big water show. The interesting thing about the show was that over half of the actors were foreigners. It was strange seeing big bulky westerners dressed up like flowers and badly lip syncing to Korean songs. Here's a short clip of the monsters appearing in the show.

Afterwards we were extremely wet:
One of my favorite things was the "Spooky Fun House." You had to push buttons while you walked through the house in order to get a glimpse of the "curious ghost" that lives there.


More pictures here.