Friday was Gretchen’s last day of work at the hagwon. Strangely enough, her last day was also her birthday! Gretchen leaving makes it kind of scary… It’s already been 6 months since I’ve been here… The first 6 months flew by like nothing. Sure some days felt like the longest ever, but overall, everything went by pretty quickly. We went out for some 삼걉살 after work with everyone. They had 선지국… ox blood soup aka MY FAVORITE SOUP IN KOREA! Yesterday, we went to Eat Me (Italian restaurant in Time World) for Gretchen’s dinner as well. The food was fab. Anyways, here are some pictures:
… away with my nautical nails! Skin Food had really cute nautical-themed nail stickers that I could not resist. They fall off quite easily so I’ve been layering on the top coat.
Today is the 6th month mark from when I first started teaching at Chungdahm April. I remember my first day at work vividly. I mysteriously came down with the sniffles. I had everything written out – the steps, the time, the students’ names… everything. I remember feeling overwhelmed because I had no clue what I was doing.
Fast forward 6 months later & here I am… scaring the shit out of students on a daily basis. I’ve gotten used to everything here at April. I have students who still come and visit me even though I don’t teach them anymore. I work with great people who are all very nice. My classroom is definitely me. Messy, yet still functional. I was Seed 2’s Best Director for Spring2011 in all of Chungdahm April. I won 2 UCC contests. I’ve made the 1st 6 months worth it. I can’t wait to make the best of the next 6.
Yesterday, I traveled up to Seoul to meet up with some people who I went to summer school at Yonsei University with back in 2009. It was sort of monumental and nostalgic since mid June was when I first came to Korea 2 years ago. The first area I stayed in was Myeongdong. Two years later, in mid June, I was back in Myeongdong to meet the same group of people. How awesome is that?
I took the 9:20AM KTX to Seoul & met up with Sarah in Gangnam. We had brunch at Butterfinger Pancakes. I was kind of upset they did not have the corned beef hash combo. After dining ourselves into the biggest food coma ever, we headed over to Myeongdong to meet up with Allen, who was in Korea for a week. Meagan (who also lived at I-House back in the day) also came out to hang out with us. The late arrival was Michelle lol. Strange that we live 45 minutes away from each other but never hung out until now. We walked around shopping & had budaechiggae for lunch. After that, we sat around reminiscing about the good old days at Yonsei University. I love how they still remember all the drama ahaha.
The day was awesome and exactly what I needed. I always feel a bit out of place while I’m in Daejeon… and I think it’s because I just miss the people I used to be around. Michelle and I talked about how bizarre it was that we were both back in Korea. Summer 2009 at Yonsei was what started everything. We pretty much fell in love with the concept of Korea & decided to move here after graduation. I look back on my days at Yonsei with fondness since I know that was where it all started. I hope I continue to keep in touch with these people.