Sorry I’ve been neglecting this blog (as usual). I thought it hadn’t been that long but apparently it’s been more than a month. Oops. Here are some various updates from the last few months for those of you who still check this.
- Final exams are fast approaching! This means that students are anxious, many of my classes are cancelled, and most people around school (teachers and students alike) cannot wait for December 22. My break schedule is really strange compared to have things go in American schools. I’m off for a week between December 23 - January 1, I teach at a camp from January 2 - 20, then I’m off again January 21 - February 4, then I’m back at school from February 5 - 10, then I’m off again until March 5. Odd, but there’s plenty of vacation time in there so I’m not complaining. Still, I’m sick of reviewing for this exam and am dreading grading tests endlessly. December 23, please come quickly.
- From December 28 - January 1, I will be vacationing in TOKYO. I’m so excited, as I’ve wanted to go there ever since I was in middle school. My inner high school anime nerd is already coming out as I plan various activities with my friends in advance. The city will apparently be packed (we had a lot of trouble finding a vacant hotel), but that’s all part of the excitement. New Year’s should especially be fun. Apparently the Japanese pull out all the stops.
- I’ve had two visitors in Seoul over the past weeks: my friend Ian (from Australia, studying in Taiwan) and my friend Joachim (from Belgium). It was fun showing them around the city and seeing Seoul through a visitor’s eyes all over again. My friends here seemed to like my guests too, which was an added bonus. In 2012, I have visits from my mother, my brother, my uncle, my friend Chris, and my friend Katie to look forward to. People just can’t stay away from Seoul, I guess.