Thursday, November 28, 2013

Students' PE Competition

I got to to to a PE competition last week at the stadium here in Daejeon.  It was actually inside a gym.  There were 4 schools there, with all blind or special needs students.  And all the students were high school or adult age.  I got to ride in the front seat of the van.


They were playing music before it started, and they played Stars and Stripes Forever.  That song brings back memories.  I played the piccolo for that song several different times, and it is by far the hardest piccolo part ever.

Everyone standing up, singing the national anthem and  listening to all the speeches made by the principles.  I think the principal speeches are a Korean thing because it happens anytime there is an assembly of some sort.

Some of the teachers.  It was SO SO SO cold that we all kept on our outer gear.  I had on my down coat, scarf, and gloves the whole time.  There was NO heater at all.  It was literally colder inside than outside.  And when you had to go to the bathroom?  Watch out.  Your hiney might freeze.  Literally.

It was funny to see grown adults playing PE games.


See?  It's cold.

My boxed lunch....cold fish (it was pretty good), hot rice, kimchi, soup, more kimchi, and little fishies.  Needless to say, I didn't eat much.  I mainly helped a co-teacher with her lunch.  She's blind and needed help getting all the wrapping off.  So I tried to keep myself busy so I wouldn't keep looking at my unappetizing lunch.

Hula-hooping contest

We got snacks before we left, and the snacks were WAY better than the lunch!

Then it was time to go home.  For some reason, there was no room for a handful of us (don't ask me where our van went), so we waited outside in the freezing cold for about 30 minutes before the bus came back to get us after dropping off the first load of people.  I was glad to get in the nice, warm bus.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day trip to Seoul

Julie and I decided to take a day trip to Seoul last Saturday.  Why?  Well, why not?

A teacher from the states (a friend of a friend) sent me Flat Stanley, so he tagged along for the trip.  He told me to tell you that he had a fabulous day!

Daejeon's subway system doesn't even begin to compare to Seoul's...it was SO crowded.  Just when you thought more people couldn't fit, here come more people.

Our first stop was Nandaemun Market.  This place was A-MA-ZING.


Need any shoes?

Flat Stanley shopping


So...many...people...

Meme would flip out eating at a place where this was where they cooked the food.

Ah...the smell of raw fish...



Check out what's in the bowl on the far right side....

Intestines perhaps...?

Staying warm in her tiny little area inside her "shop"...

Nasty rice cakes...

Only in Asia will you find raw meat in a basket or a box...


This souvenir shop had tons of K-Pop calendars, postcards, mouse pads, etc...

Christmas store...

Kristin, show Ryan this Psy doll!

We found a little store that sold all kinds of American food.  Happy happy joy joy!  I wanted to buy everything....but I didn't.





I settled for Cheetos...I LOVE Cheetos!

Haha....BIG size!  I wear a size 7 at home and am a 240 here.  That's about a 9 1/2 or 10, and it is pretty unheard of to find shoe sizes that big in Korea.



Coats for your dog...


In food alley...


Our lunch spot...little old ladies are down the alley passing out flyers trying to persuade you to go to their restaurant.

Flat Stanley had kimchi to clean out his insides...

And then mandu...he really liked the mandu.


Food alley...

Remember the larva cartoon?  Here are larva toys!  Mandy, want me to send you some?



Flat Stanley at the market...

There were so many different streets and alleys....you could easily get turned around...


Free for all shopping...just a large pile of clothes where you dig and dig to find what you want...



Koreans LOVE their fur!




Flat Stanley trying to decide which way to go on the subway...

Stairs or escalator...stairs or escalator...btw there were 7 flights of stairs.  So we joined all the smart people and took the escalator!

Now we are in Itaewon, the famous area for foreigners.  I've never seen so many foreigners in Korea!

We went to the famous English bookstore in Itaewon, "What the Book?"  It was awesome!


NO WAY!!!!! A Texas A&M sweatshirt!! It was only 20,000 won (about $20), so you can bet your bootie that I bought it.  It's an XL and so incredibly warm that I am SO glad I bought it!

Narrow tiny little walkway in the kebab place for dinner...

Flat Stanley really enjoyed his kebab...




Found a cute little bakery/cafe for dessert...

At the train station heading back home....until next time Seoul!