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Sad Goodbyes from Wando

This week was the last week of my project here in Korea.
As I’m typing this, I am sitting in the living room of my guesthouse in Seoul.
It was so hard to say goodbye to our children, our home, our city, and our fellow volunteers..everyone is going to be leaving in the next few days, and some time after that I will also have to leave this country behind. Even though it might still be a month away, it feels like I am already leaving. Sleeping in a room with seven strangers, having no place to store my things, not being able to see my kids..it feels like I’m really alone now and this is something I am very bad at. I’ve never traveled like this, and it feels extremely uncomfortable.
I’ve been helping a kid that came over to the guesthouse with his English homework, almost without even thinking about it. Maybe there is a little bit of a teacher within me.

Yesterday, we wrote letters to all of our students, and some of them also wrote to us. My favorite student was crying as she hugged me and she wrote me the cutest letter ;_; Another one of my students e-mailed me today to say that he wanted to see me but couldn’t because I had already left. It makes me feel like maybe we did do something useful for the last 3 months, and it makes me forget about all the bad things that happened.

Anyway, I’ll just post the pictures we took of our students here, and maybe later, when I have time, I will add some comments about them.

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One of the things I love about Korea compared to the Netherlands is how people still visit actual, physical stores here. While in my country, cities struggle keeping their downtown shopping areas from looking like ghost towns, here there is a healthy variety in both local mom and pop stores, big franchise chains and everything in between.

There's even megamalls like this one, called #Garden5, that we couldn't even imagine finding back at home. 4 huge buildings with 14 floors of shopping each, in an area that doesn't even come close to the foot traffic that regular downtown areas see - I don't know how places like this stay in business, but I'm very happy they do.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Seoul_Korea #discoversouthkorea #GardenFive #Mall #Megamall #Shoppingcenter #HappyNewYear #NewYear #Store #Shopping #서울 #가든5 #가든파이브 #리차드 #백화점 #쇼핑 #네덜란드 #외국인 #유럽 #새해 #새해복많이받으세요 #가게 아휴~ teaching is hard work, but (although I'm well aware of how cheesy this sounds) seeing my students have fun with what we've come up with and enjoy themselves makes it all worth it, and because I was doing it together with my close 형, I even had a lot of fun.

The best thing about teaching in Korea is how adorable the kids are, even though they can also be little demons, and how surprised they get when they find out you speak Korean.

쌤, 한국말 아세요?
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #English #Englishteaching #Teaching #EFL #TESOL #Korean #Kids #Students #EnglishCamp #languagelearning #영어 #영어공부 #영어수업 #외국인 #네덜란드 #영어캠프 #언어 #선생님 #쌤 #Engels #Les #Lesgeven Today, I found this picture that I took about 3 years ago in a toy store here in Korea.

I don't want to sound like an old fart, but I sure do wish we'd have had books like this when I was studying English - it certainly beats the 800th 'Trip to London' practice dialogue.

P.s. Nightcrawler is the best X-Man
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Toystore #XMen #Nightcrawler #Superhero #Superheroes #Marvel #Book #Comics #Comicbook #English #LearningEnglish #StudyingEnglish #Kids #서울 #토이저러스 #엑스맨 #나이트크롤러 #히로 #슈퍼히어로 #마블 #영어 #영어공부 #코믹 #공부 #언어 #연습 It has been snowing remarkably often this year. Winters in Korea are always cold, but since there generally isn't much precipitation, it doesn't usually snow all that often. This year, however, has seen about 7 days of snow already and with all these cold snaps, we can probably look forward to a couple more before the winter finally gives up.
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#nofilter #winter #snow #white #Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #KyungHee #kyungheeuniversity #University #ig_korea #ig_asia #노필터 #겨울 #눈 #화이트 #서울 #seoul_korea #경희대 #경희대학교 #경희 #외국인 #네덜란드 #대학교 #대학원 #대학 #춥다 @seoul_official 완벽한 오늘.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Food #Koreanfood #Guksu #Gogiguksu #Present #Gift #Newyear #Perfect #foodstagram
#완벽한 #오늘 #완벽한오늘 #국수 #고기국수 #먹스타그램 #음식 #서울 After 3 months of no Starcraft, the first match of the year is always something I look forward to. I guess I now understand how sports fans feel when it's off season.

This is the third year that I've been in Seoul enough to closely follow all the major Starcraft tournaments, and although I still really miss Proleague I guess it is better for my productivity that we've only got two major tournaments going on these days. If February rolls around without any SSL announcements, I might get antsy though..
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#Starcraft #Starcraft2 #SC2 #GSL #GlobalStarCraftLeague #esports #gaming #progamer #gamer #Korean #Seoul #Korea #esport #INnoVation #Leenock #Creator #Solar #tournament #Proleague #SSL #스타크래프트 #스타2 #스타크래프트2 #외국인 #이신형 #문규리 #e스포츠 #경기 #프로게이머 #게이머
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