March 3, 2012

Back in Cheongju

Well, it's been an eventful few hours back in Cheongju. Let's start with what's going on in my school.

Jihyea and Mina are no longer English teachers at Namsung :( Jihyea's school was switched at the last second and Mina has become a homeroom teacher for 3rd grade (which is ironic because she hated teaching third grade but... we'll see). Her pregnancy is coming along nicely and she looks beautiful! I'm glad she's staying at Namsung so I can see her around. It was really sad coming back and seeing Jihyea's desk empty though *sob sob*

Don't worry preggers still works here.

Mirim and I met the new English teachers. My new official co-teacher's name is KyeongAh and the other teacher is Sunhi. KyeongAh seems really great, she's 36 and I only met Sunhi very briefly so we'll see how that turns out. We also have a new principal who is the head of a teacher's rights organization so that should be good for the teachers at Namsung. We have a lot of new faces actually, about ten new teachers. I don't usually hang out with them so that probably won't change anything.

Host mom and Sol have been in China for the last week which is sort of scary for me because host mom definitely doesn't know English and she doesn't know Chinese either. I think they went on some sort of tour or with a group of friends. It's just been me, brohan and host dad around so I've been going to coffee shops. Also, someone broke into the three houses across the street last night at 10pm... which host dad laughed at... he's number one on my suspects list. But I guess the robber broke through a window and stole clothes and shoes. I seriously don't understand how it went down because it was only 10 so I'm sure people were still awake and they don't have guns in korea so... yeah.

I spent today with two ETAs in Cheongju. Izumi and my old roommate Ekatarina. Ekat spent the break in Russia with her grandparents (her grandpa is on new blood medication or something?) and Izumi was in Seoul too so I saw him a couple times there. We went and saw "This Means War" and then to a coffee shop then to dinner. It was nice to see them and hopefully I'll hang out more with the Cheongju ETAs this semester.

I don't know my new schedule but I was told I will be teaching 3rd and 6th grade. I'll let you know later!

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