The month of August has been hot, sweaty and emotionally draining. Trying to pack to go home and also go traveling in S.E. Asia can be tricky and overwhelming. But, I did my best to squeeze a lot of fun in there too.
Right after summer break, we went on a field trip for MK to see the Samsung car museum. My boys loved all the cars, but it was a little frustrating cause there was no space for them to run around. Willy sat next to me to and from the museum. We had lots of bonding moments.
A few weeks ago, I went to a soccer game in Suwon: Korea vs. Peru. Kinda fun to mix my past and present in one event. I wasn´t sure who to cheer for!
We had a day off on August 15th and I decided to go with Rachel and Nate to see the Mizakaya exhibit at the Seoul Arts Center. It was way cool. I was a huge Totoro fan as a kid and the exhibit inspired me to go home and see Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. He is such an intensely precise and methodical artist and it was awe-inspiring to see all of his drawings in person.
Then last weekend, to celebrate my final week in Korea, I went with friends to Muido Island which I´d been meaning to do since i came to Korea. We were blessed with great weather (if not a bit hot). It was a lot of fun and great to get away from the stress of moving for a minute.
And here I am, having just finished my LAST WEEK of work. It was very surreal, and very sad to say goodbye. I will miss many of my students, but I am a little heart broken over my kinder class. I love them so. It hurts 😦
Here´s some pictures of my last day at LCI
Me and my babies. I totally cried….what a wuss!
Kiddies and their new watches and cards.
1st grade-Elizabeth, Diego and Ryan. So smart.
406 Newspaper-Fun group!
Working for LCI this past year has been a memorable experience. It seems like so long ago when I received my first class and the perils that ensued. Although it has not been perfect, and there are some things I dislike about hagwons, I don´t regret my decision to teach here. I enjoyed the job the majority of the time, made good money, had had a lot of fun, at work and outside of work. I´ve made some really great friends and am proud of myself for teaching such long hours and adjusting to a very different culture and lifestyle. I´m very nervous about my transition back home, but I feel it´s time. After almost three years teaching English abroad, I´m ready to stay in one place for a while and grow some roots. I miss my family and am getting tired of saying goodbye to friends. I´ve applied to Seattle U to start Spring 2014, and will apply for other teaching programs as well. So, I can see future ahead, no matter how vague and murky. Gives me hope.
Plus, I can´t wait to get out of this dark, moldy apartment.
I plan to write one more blog post once I return home about my S.E. Asia trip, as I´m sure it will be eventful. Rachel and I are nervous and excited. It´s gonna be jam packed! Bangkok-Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai-Ko Phi Phi-Siem Reap-Hanoi-Seoul-Seattle.
Wish me luck!