This Christmas I celebrated by sleeping all day. This is not as good as it sounds though, as I was feeling very ill. I had some sort of stomach virus that was, to say the least, very unpleasant.
Now I seem to be better, and tonight I had my first meal since Sunday. My meal was one of my favorites, cheese pizza from Costco. It’s a very simple meal of course, but Costco has a very tasty cheese pizza.
Cheonan is a great place to shop, and it is only about 20-30 minutes away by train (from Jochiwon). Jochiwon is actually right in the middle of three big cities; Cheonan, Daejeon, and Cheongju. I have only been to Cheongju once, this is mainly because I do not like bus rides very much. Daejeon and Cheonan are on the same rail line that goes north and south (Cheonan being north and Daejeon to the south).
I have also never been very interested in shopping for cloths until I came to Korea. In the united states I find that mens fashion is very in selection. Korean fashion is quite the opposite! It is actually fun to explore the shops both above and underground. There are many underground malls that run parallel to the major streets and near the subway lines in cities.
One thing that I was very impressed with when I began teaching was the school lunches. As I recalled my own elementary lunches; Korean lunches leave them in the dust. Though this is only true if you like Korean food. Nearly every meal comes with rice, soup, some form of kimchi, and one or two other sides. Since arriving six months ago I’ve only had one lunch that did not include rice. Often the meals will include either cabbage or radish kimchi, but there are also many other types of kimchi served. The rice is either plain white medium grain, or mixed with other grains such as beans.
Different fruits are served depending on the time of year; in the summer there are grapes and pears, but as the fall arrives there are more apples and tangerines. Korean fruit is fantastic.
I can’t remember what school lunches cost when I was in elementary, but my school charges me between 50,000 and 60,000 won each month. That comes up to about two dollars per meal.
In elementary school, crafts are very common in a lesson plan. Walking down the hall one day I noticed some of these crafts from a creepy perspective. They are actually just paper dolls fixed to the wall on the other side of the window.
It has been snowing! If you pay attention to Korean news, you will know that Korea has been getting a great deal of snow lately. It has snowed almost every day for the last four or five days now! Here are some pictures of Jochiwon (Sejong City):