As I'm sure I've mentioned before, Koreans are very into gift-giving, so to thank us for having her over, Yeong Eon gave us some perfect gifts including a box full of Korean snacks, a carton of milk, and some instant latte mix.
Yeong Eon is practicing English, so she brought along her English book and practiced phrases like: "Your decorations are very beautiful." Also, when June and Matt arrived she said: "Welcome to Sarah and Jonathan's house." She's great. June calls her our entertainer.
On Saturday, we accompanied our student Seung Eun to an English Speech Contest in Gangneung. Seung Eun is probably our smartest student, but she's pretty shy. She wrote a speech about Jukdo or "Bamboo Island." June translated it word for word into English, then Jon rewrote it so that it made sense. We've been working with her for a month on the speech, and we were so proud!
Afterward, we went out to coffee with June, The 5th grade teacher, the vice principal's assistant, Seung Eun, her mom, and her sister. I know I've complained about the instant coffee in Korea, but once you get into bigger towns, they actually have really great coffee shops, a lot of which roast their own beans.
We found out that Seung Eun's mom owns a beautiful bed and breakfast that we noticed on our first day in Ingu and in which we've been planning to stay sometime. She also told us that her husband is a coffee roaster, and they have their own brand of coffee called Hippie Coffee.
We rode home with Seung Eun's family and were really impressed with their ability to communicate in English. Seung Eun has near-perfect listening ability and could translate everything we said to her mother. Her mother asked us what type of music we liked, and when Jon said he liked Metal she said she loved Metallica and Iron Maiden. Jon says she's the Lorelai Gilmore of Ingu (Inn Owner, strange music taste, smart daughters). They invited us to go with them to a coffee festival this weekend in Gangneung. We can't wait!
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