Christmas sickness


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.

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Cheonan


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.

I like Jochiwon, but sometimes it is nice to see other cities.
I like Jochiwon, but sometimes it is nice to see other cities.

 

Korean Elementary School Lunch


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.

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bi bim bap (You mix the rice with the toppings)
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This is the only meal that I can remember not having rice with.  To make up for it, there are several little rice cakes in this soup.  I have forgotten the name of the soup, but it is a traditional meal to be had on the lunar new year.
This is the only meal that I can remember not having rice with. To make up for it, there are several little rice cakes in this soup. I have forgotten the name of the soup, but it is a traditional meal to be had on the lunar new year.

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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.

Jochiwon Snow!


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):

My walk to work.
My walk to work.
Courtyard at school during a snow
Courtyard at school during a snow
pretty thick snow storm
pretty thick snow storm
panorama out the front of my school.
panorama out the front of my school.
The students loved the snow!
The students loved the snow!
My walk home.
My walk home.
Walking how again at night.
Walking again at night.
Convenience store tables are covered in snow.
Convenience store tables are covered in snow.

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Snowy alley. Motorbike on the right is covered.
Snowy alley. Motorbike on the right is covered.
Panorama of the street by the train station.
Panorama of the street by the train station.
Lots of flurries
Lots of flurries
Green light and the snow
Green light and the snow
This is also part of my walk home.  There were mini snow cyclones blowing by on this path.
This is also part of my walk home. There were mini snow cyclones blowing by on this path.
Another snow storm!
Another snow storm!
Yes, I can see what I am doing.
Yes, I can see what I am doing.