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it has sure been a while since I’ve updated you all on my adventures here in Korea, and to be honest the longer I postponed writing something here the more difficult it became to actually start, so today I decided to just sit my ass down, turn off my phone and type this thing up.
As I’m typing this, there’s a truck driving around on the street behind my apartment complex shouting some stuff I can’t quite make out but probably implying I should run out to buy some eggs/chickens/squid/vegetables from the back of this guy’s truck and those are the kind of things I kind of want to tell you all about. You know, the weird stuff that I’ve come to take for granted by now but would’ve made me raise my eyebrows through the roof the first time I came here. But because I’ve been thinking of several such things I want to share with you (I have an article on Korean drinking games, Korean proverbs and daily life in the pipeline) I haven’t been able to get around to actually writing anything at all, so for today I’ll just take you through my past month and see what kind of interesting (?) stories I can share with you all. So, without further ado, let’s get started before I get distracted again!
Firstly, shortly before my last blog post me and this handsome and extremely mature Canadian here had visited a Power Rangers Live Show.You might be wondering:
For my Tourism Agency duties last month I took a City Bus Tour, discovering a few more interesting places in Daegu in the process. I have to admit Daegu isn’t as exciting as Seoul or Busan when it comes to sightseeing, but it definitely beats Made en omgeving and the plus of living in a city with a ‘mere’ 2.5 million inhabitants (compared to Seoul with 10+ million) is that you actually get to breathe both on the subway and near auto ways. I’ll try to put up a post showing some of the pictures I’ve taken of Daegu pretty soon because I want to keep this post about the things that I’ve done the past month, but there’s definitely a few good shots that I’ve taken during both this trip and the day trip I undertook with a Dutch girl that I’ve met also studying here at Keimyung. I think we had a day off due to some random holiday that I knew nothing about and we decided to have a little Dutch outing, seeing some more of the places I didn’t have time to visit well while on the City Tour and showing Maaike (that’s her name) some Korean culture at the same time. We ended up getting lost, of course, and, maybe less of course, ended up being guided back to where we started by a group of finely dressed Korean businessmen who for some reason decided to walk us around in a giant circle for about 30 minutes before taking their leave, all the while talking amongst themselves not knowing I could understand parts of it as they talked about that they’d never dare to ask a random person on the street for help if they were in a foreign country and asked each other if some of the facts they heard about the Netherlands were actually correct enough to share with us. Days like that really make life here fun and so different from back home, so I wish I could do stuff like that a bit more often from now on.
One of the places I visited during the City Tour, Chicken Road, I actually ended up visiting again in a rather different situation.
The first time I went there, it was to try the Chicken Gizzard that that street is famous for (mom, you would absolutely hate this stuff so if you ever do come here let’s visit!) for an article for the Tourism Agency.
We also had our second School Trip early in May, this time to the nearby seaside city of Busan. Busan is a beautiful city with lots of things to see, do and eat, so we were expecting a lot. Unfortunately the 10/10 Goddess that took over as ‘handler’ of the KGSP students clearly didn’t have the planning skills the previous guy had, because we ended up visiting a temple (which was nice actually) and a beach for a few hours before being dropped off back home in time for dinner. Pretty disappointing, especially considering the School Trips are a great opportunity for us to all hang out together without having to worry about money. Last trip was pretty freaking awesome, so it’s kinda regrettable this one was so lackluster. Regardless, any time I get to spend with my schoolmates is time well spent. I’m gonna miss these guys a lot when they all disperse all over the country in two months after they finish the Language Course here.
This month not all that much has happened, apart from some school stuff. This semester I was taught by the best teacher I’ve had so far. The way she explains stuff is so clear and easy to understand that I’m often surprised that that’s all there is to it and she actually understands her students and doesn’t keep pushing them, but does keep engaging us. We even had to do presentations about our own languages and even though I absolutely hate presentations (especially in Korean) I plodded through it and managed to get something out there that I didn’t have to feel bad about. Unfortunately, the school is obsessed with TOPIK results, so starting this monday I will be separated from the rest of my class to study nothing but TOPIK every day for 4 hours. That’s gonna suck ass and will probably kill the last bit of will I have left to actually study, but let’s see where it goes I guess.
MERS has also been a pretty big thing these days, and I have to admit that although I wasn’t too worried about it at the beginning it’s kind of starting to worry me now. Cases of infection keep spreading and it doesn’t seem like there’s anything to be done about it. The school is flaring the paranoia by hanging up signs that claim “This hall is being disinfected three times a day” even though we damn well know that won’t do a thing (plus the floors are seriously just as dirty as they were before, so I doubt they’re even doing anything at all) and putting free hand gel in every hallway, reminding everyone that shit is getting real. I don’t have a TV so I don’t know much about what’s going on, but I do know that Daegu has had several infections now, though none of them were near where I live. It seems that as long as you stay away from hospitals you should be okay, plus as far as I know I’m not actually part of the group that is at risk, so let’s just hope everything will turn out alright. Korea isn’t a third world country so I’m hoping they’ll get this under control sooner rather than later.
Finally, I’d like to close with a picture I took at the Daegu Flower Festival this month.
See you all later, and I’m sorry I can’t/won’t/don’t post more often!