Alright, alright. Here’s the long overdue super-post about the month of February… now that it’s March and all.
Luke arrived, with plenty of Western snack foods and some electronic DJ equipment in tow. Obviously it is great to see any old friend, and we definitely lived it up during the 2.5 weeks that he was here. Highlights included plenty of wild nights out, going to Beomeosa Temple and hiking to a mountain top, visiting Haedong Yonggungsa – another temple located right by the ocean (thanks Jin!), a lengthy river walk, never mind the endless search for pure vegetarian food. One weekend Kat and Corissa, two of Luke’s companions on his India trip, came to Pusan from Jeju Island, where they have been teaching English for the past year. We had a whirlwind weekend with them, going to a techno show with DJ Myagi (from Canada on an Asian tour) and also checking out the amazing Busan Aquarium. The aquarium was spectacular, full of lots of amazing sea life, with a definite highlight being the massive shark tank.
We spent plenty of time catching up, relaxing at home and talking, which is what we definitely miss the most about being gone from home this long. Of course, soon enough, Luke’s time was up, and he had to return to being a rock star – Hunab is currently on tour in Colorado. His visit here was a good recharging for us, but of course we now can’t wait to get back to America even more in some ways!
This weekend we also had a visitor, our friend Sunny who lives in Jeonju! She was a foreign-exchange student at Cornell, and lived with Liz in Harlan House her junior year of college. Which means, though they’ve stayed in touch, that it’s been 5 years since we’ve seen her. Needless to say, we had a great time and will be seeing her again very soon! We went to Green Mong sushi buffet (again!) with some friends, and then headed off to Neo for a fun night of partying. Several of our coworkers came out as well, and between Anderson’s DJing and a live hip-hop/funk band (Direct Injection) some good dancing occurred as well. Today we had some tasty pork-spine soup, and then wandered around a traditional market before Sunny caught her bus home.
In school news we now have a new teacher, Blaise, from Canada. He’s fresh out of college and excited to be here, and we are quite happy to have another cool coworker. School is going to be crazy starting on Wednesday – a new session begins, as does our school’s kindergarten and pre-k programs, and due to our relative lack of teachers we will both (voluntarily) be working a rather large amount of overtime. The exact schedule should be available tomorrow, but we’ll definitely be getting to school a few hours earlier, and probably have 3 additional classes each. The days will be long, but we can use the extra money, since saving is one of primary objectives while here in Korea. Right after having fun, of course.
If all goes well tomorrow we will also be buying some used bicycles, which will be great for getting around town with ease. Now that winter is virtually over, the warmth of spring is motivating us to get back to exercising, which we have been a bit lazy about (thanks Luke :-).
Anderson’s knee is still bothering him from a soccer injury, so in addition to all the school craziness he’s going to try and get to a hospital (with a knee specialist) this week and have things checked out – fun, fun – but hopefully it’s nothing serious.
His DJing is still going well, two gigs a week is hectic but very enjoyable, although soccer has taken a bit of a backseat due to holidays, league problems (one team dropped out), and the injured knee. Hopefully things will be resolved soon…
So that’s about all from SoKo – though our friend Robbie from the States will be coming to visit in April, so we have that to look forward to as a reward for our intense month of overtime that is coming up!
Peace from P-Town (or B-Town, your choice)