Well, I have been here a month now and it feels like it's been 6. There is so much to take in and so many experiences that time feels heavy. All these are good things though. I am settling in and trying to get acclaimated to my area. Now that I have a cell phone, internet and am in the swing of classes, I have come to the realization that I LIVE here, not just on a vacation.
I have done some of the tourist attractions for my city (Ulsan) & taken several pictures. Each picture tells a story so I won't begin to post them all, but here are a few that I thought you may enjoy.
My students are great for the most part. I teach at a small elementary school in a rural part of the city. I have 28 classes a week and they range from 1st graders to 6th graders. The average class size is 25. It has been a challenge trying to explain directions for games but I am slipping into a groove on how to get my point accross. I must say that elementary students are much different from the audience I am used to (Corrections staff and/or inmates/probationers). Both have their advantages though.
I have lost a little over 14 lbs since my arrival. This is strongly attributed to the fact that I walk A LOT and now eat quite differently as compared to the States. I also eat with chop sticks (yes, I am still mastering that) so I eat a lot slower as well. lol There are a few "American" fastfood chains here (Pizza Hut, Domino's, McDonald's, Baskin Robins & KFC) but I don't frequent them. They are a "treat" when I do go though.
Well, break is over and my kids need reeling in– the change of the equinox is throwing a kink in attention spans!! — what a great life!! Hope to hear from you soon!!