school daze…

school DAZE

Kim Jong-un hard at work. Photo is compliments of my good friend, JW, complete with the following caption: “OH MY GAW… IF [KRISSI TEACHER] GIVES ME ANY MORE HOMEWORK I AM GOING TO FLIP OUT!!!!”

So, let’s talk about the reality of my job for a minute.

In short, I LOVE IT! And I’m not one of those people who will lie to you and say, “Oh yes, I love my job because I love the children!” That’s a lie, folks. They’re LYING to you. I WILL say that there are some of them that I’ve grown to ADORE on a completely professional teacher to adorable-Asian-child level. There are some of them that will lean on me while I grade their tests or little girls that will play with my hair… These are the ones that I want to kidnap, take to my apartment, and force them to cuddle with me while eating assorted chocolate treats and watching a vast array of Disney movies… Both of us would LOVE it. And then there are some that make me want to advocate for bringing spanking back into schools…

But back to the point. I love my job because while I don’t want to kidnap every kid that steps foot in my classroom (and I’m not even sure that I want children of my own, for that matter), I believe and understand that these kids are the future of our world. And I’m sorry to say, but most of them seem smarter than American kids… These are the kids that will save the planet from a massive zombie outbreak or a meteor flying to planet Earth. I am ALL ABOUT being a white girl on the Asian English train right now.

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Holy Holi! (133 photos)

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Holy Holi!

This past weekend, my friend Kaylee and I traveled by train to Busan. Busan is South Korea’s second largest city, following Seoul. What’s really cool about Busan is that it’s a coastal city. If you’ve ever been to San Francisco in the States, the terrain and all-over “feel” of the city is the same. And so, having visited San Fran in high school and having fallen in love with it immediately upon arrival, as I expected, I fell equally in love with Busan. Suffice it to say that if I wasn’t in Daegu, which I also love, I’d want to be in Busan.

Fortunately for us, Kaylee and I met our Korean friend, Hailey, in training when we first arrived in Korea. Hailey was raised and still lives in Busan. She’s the sweetest person EVER, and picked us up from the train station, helped us around the subway through the city, and took us to our hostel. We then spent the day with her: lunch, bus adventure, Haedong Yonggung Temple, and Starbucks.

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sleepless in seattle…

sleepless in seattle

One of many coffee chains here… Also one I haven’t tried, but I love the name. “sleepless in seattle… so in love with espresso.”

As a coffee lover (not to be confused with coffee aficionado), some days I find it difficult to be living in a place where the term “coffee” means “instant, sugar-laden, brown water.” At the advice of a friend who taught in SK, I brought my own electric coffee grinder, French press, and a bag of Starbucks Verona blend beans with me. And about three weeks into this little adventure, those beans ran out. It was a sad morning…

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DUDE. I live in Korea.

Well, I’m finally doing it. Coffee in hand, I’m ignoring the fact that my apartment looks like a homeless person camped out here and finally sitting down to start writing. And yes, there’s plenty I should have written about before. So, to simplify and get a quick start, I’m going to keep this short. (Short for me, anyway. Maybe not for you…)

Let’s start with a list of what I consider to be my top ten accomplishments thus far:

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