It’s been a long time since my last post. Sorry. I haven’t really been doing anything noteworthy these days (that’s a lie). Actually, I just haven’t found the motivation to update my blog. Hopefully that’ll change now.
Ok, so here’s where I am now. Tuesday was the last day of class for this semester. That means I’m done normal school until late August. I don’t have the summer off though; I’m doing a language camp and some English classes for the next three weeks. It won’t be too bad because I get to choose what I teach and I have smaller classes. It will be like my after school classes I was taught Mondays and Fridays for the last few months. Should be ok.
I’ve pretty much completely accepted that I’m not coming back for another year. At the moment, my plans for September are torn between some internship thing in China (I’ll go into greater details if I get it) and taking Korean classes in Seoul. Both sound fine and will be good for me, I think. The China thing would be interesting since it’s not teaching English and I’ll be able to live in China and see how things work there. I’ll also get some Chinese lessons, which I think is amazing. While the pay is almost non-existent, I think it’ll be a good experience. The Korean language course would be great because it would a)give me legitimate knowledge of Korean, however limited b)it will give me academic credits that will hopefully help with getting accepted in a masters program. I’m waiting on the China thing at the moment. Once I get the yay or nay, I’ll be more willing to expand on my plans for the next months.
I met Adeel by coincidence at an Indian restaurant in Suwon. He said the blog was getting a bit boring. It’s true. It was (his words, not mine) pretty funny before, but now it’s only travel information. He accurately guess that this a reflection of how I feel. I used to have hope, excitement and joy for my new life in Korea. Now, I still have joy, I mean, I really like my life and my friends, but this place is taking its toll on me. I do still like it, but I feel I’m going a bit crazy. This clearly shows on the blog.
Quick Ski Review
Last Sunday was my birthday. On Saturday, I went to an indoor ski slope in Korea called Tiger World. It was pretty cool to be back on snow, but it actually made me go a bit crazy (a common theme these days). See, the slope in essentially in a giant fridge. As I’m coming to realize, Korea is giving me, expanding on or exposing many of my neurosis. Apparently, being stuck in a giant freezer freaks me out. Pretty hard. While I eventually calmed down, I was pretty anxious for the first two hours. The snow wasn’t that great since it’s (obviously) man made and it seems particularly icy. I had the great idea of skiing through the snow maker’s mist and it was like if someone was throwing tiny ice chunks at my face. The run takes about 45 seconds and to get back to the top of the hill, you need to take a painfully slow moving carpet. Obviously it can’t be perfect, since it’s so hot outside, but I’m not sure if I would recommend this place to anyone, thought it’s a fun afternoon trip if you want ot cool down and try something new.
On Sunday, I took it super relaxed with my friend and we went to see Harry Potter 6. We’ve been watching the Harry Potter movies fairly non-stop at school and I have to say, Harry’s latest adventure is great. I think the way it’s shot looks great on the big screen. While I doubt it stands as a good movie on it’s own, it works amazingly well within the world of the Harry Potter films. I’d just like to add, for the record, that (in my opinion) Harry Potter 1 is terrible, so is 2. They get infinitely better starting with 3. After Harry Potter, I went to a restaurant with my boss and his wife. Eunice’s Garden(the restaurant) is the best restaurant I’ve been to in Korea. It’s surrounded by nature, open in design and the food was great. It’s western food done right. After supper, you can walk around Eunice’s garden, take in the smells and generally relax. Check out the website for some picture. It’s all in Korean, but you can see some picture on the bottom on the home page. According to my boss, the owner (or the chef, I’m not sure) studied in Italy. It shows. Best spaghetti I’ve had in Korea.
Last Friday, I went to the Jisan Valle Rock festival (that I blogged about earlier) and I saw, among a others, Fall Out Boy. I can’t stress how much I love Fall Out Boy enough. Seriously. It’s actually a bit embarrassing. But I saw them live (for what ended up being quite a bit of money) and I loved it. It was a great show. I was lucky enough to be with another guy who loved them as much as I do, so we were able to freak out about them together. I’ll go on about my love for the band later. So if my blog sounds like a high school girl has taken over someday soon, don’t be alarmed.
Alright, so, here are a few things I’m going to touch on in the following posts: Indian food restaurants in Suwon, Tiger World indoor ski in Bucheon, reasons to stay/leave Korea (as I see it, so basically a refection post) and a larger Jisan Rock fest review. Stay tuned!