Month 2 and Still Alive

Between teaching, meeting new people, and eating nearly everything in site, I’ve been pretty busy of late. That said, this post is mostly pictures but I think they do a solid job of summing up what these past few weeks have been like since my last post.

  • Food is one of the true joys of living in Korea. Most meals are served communally, with a group sharing a main entree and drinks (lots of drinks) together. Meals are always accompanied by ‘Banchan’, or small plates of delicious side dishes. Here is Google’s translation of a dish they serve at one of my favorite restaurants:
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In case you couldn’t tell, it’s noodles
  • Koreans love their fried chicken and it is EVERYWHERE. They even have their own genre of food called ‘Chimaek’, literally translating to chicken & beer. I’m definitely not complaining. I ordered the equivalent of half an order of chicken to-go and literally got a half chicken…

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  • Unlike in America where school lunches consist of half-frozen pizza and a bag of Doritos, in Korea they’re actually pretty delicious and healthy. A funny difference is that nearly every teacher eats the school lunch in the cafeteria each day  – a testament to the food’s quality. The lunches are different everyday and have been a great opportunity to try new Korean foods. Here are some pictures of a typical day’s lunch:

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  • Something that all foreign teachers here can attest to is that teaching in Korea is characterized by daily random surprises. Take for instance the morning that I was greeted by a dancing Minion and Tiger. I still don’t know what this was for…. (Kid in the front is pumped up).

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  • I also went to my first Korean baseball game, the Kia Tigers. Baseball is huge here, as the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) is one of the more competitive leagues in the world. Every player has their own theme song as they come to bat – one was to the tune of O Tannenbaum – and fans hardly ever watch the game without singing or clapping. The consistency of the sport is pretty remarkable and being so far from home, it’s definitely been a source of comfort to watch a familiar game that I love. Forget peanuts and Crackerjacks, here’s an example of a typical Korean concession menu. Next on my list is the shrimp ball and white garlic sauce :).

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  • Korean weather is characterized by cold winters, and hot/humid summers. For a brief period in the interim, however, there’s a pretty beautiful spring season. Weather seems to come and go very quickly here. For instance, Korea is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms, which sprouted up before disappearing only a week later. Also check out this flower field right next to my apartment, which grew in only a matter of days. I’m currently enjoying this beautiful weather before I die of the summer heat.

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Until next time, cheers!

-ER

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