The kid's that I have in my classes are nothing less than spectacular. Although they are consistently filled with enthusiasm and need for attention their ability to comprehend the language is astonishing. The age difference in Korea is pushed forward one year as they count the first year in the mother's womb as part of your overall age. So in Korean age I am actually closer to 28 than 27, YIKES! Not only did I travel to the future I got older at the same time. I had my first week of full classes last week which I endured because of the craziness that as this month. All this week I had 6 exams to give, grade, and complete for my afternoon classes. Not to mention I didn't know I had to give half of them! Furthermore, every two months my morning classes change rooms... We have themed rooms such as McDonald's Room, Universe Room, 7-11, etc... And my co-teacher (Becky) and I had to transfer all their books, colored pencils, drawings, and projects to the different rooms. By the way the name of my two classes are DOVE and PANDA. And while all this is going on all of my books for my afternoon classes change next week so I have been developing lesson plans, home connections, and matching which books go with what class and co-teacher. I can tell you with honesty though it feels amazing to have this kind of responsibility and accountability to these kids and to Wonderland. They TRUST me to do an excellent job and that means going to ANY LENGTHS to make sure that happens.
Yesterday Jamie and I met up with some of my new found brothers (Soccer Gents) and we walked to the annual International Body Painting Festival (IBPF, see pics below). Jamie finally got to meet some really cool chicks which for both of us is AWESOME!! She started talking to me about shoes and dresses and such, and I knew immediate action must be taken. But, as we are walking into the park we take a wrong turn and we see these two old Koreans (man and a woman) literally fighting in the park. Now imagine two 60+ year old Koreans fighting and hitting each other in the woods of a park... It was funny but only to an extent and we just kept on walking. The festival was filled with amazing body painting artwork and a great environment for families, friends, and the like to have a relaxing Saturday afternoon in the park. There were bands playing, people getting Henna and their faces painted, and laying on the nice grass, which is a rarity in Korea, was a necessity.
A new friend of mine Gary who is actually leaving on Monday whom I began playing futbol with two weeks ago every Thursday night with the Koreans on my backyard pitches, invited us out Friday night for his going away party of sorts and to meet some really cool people. And that's just it! The type of vibes and energy that we put out into the world we will receive back invariably. It blows me away that in such a short time we have met people like Gary, Matt, Shaun, Dave, Jon, and the like that remind me constantly that no matter where you go that energy will be received and reciprocated. Jamie and I have started a new life in Korea, with real bad ass people, and look forward to continue to share it with all of you out there in this beautiful world of ours!
Views from my rooftop!
Parks as I walk to school every morning.
International Body Painting Festival
It's not nice to stare!
Korean Indian Folk Band... Pretty funny if you ask me. They actually put on a CD and were lip playing some of the instruments, but they were still cool.
My PIC of the IBPF!