CIS and World cup

Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
Trip End Sep 22, 2010

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

So as you can tell I like my new school. I am only frustrated at the fact that I don't have many classes. I mean if I could work from home and only show up for my classes, it would be a blast, but I am just hanging out at school a lot. The school is a bit disorganized. Last Sunday, I got a call from the vice-principal and she was telling me that they were having a welcome dinner for the new teacher, who had arrived the day before. Since they never had one for me, they wanted me to come to the welcome dinner also. I asked when it started. She gave an embarrassed laugh, and said "7:30." I don't even know what she said right after, but I looked at my watch was stunned. It was 7:35. I told her that I wasn’t ready and this was very inconvenient. She said she understood and they would reschedule another dinner for me. Then I started quickly thinking and since this dinner is only for the new teacher(s), I realized if they reschedule the dinner for me, I would be the only foreigner at that one so I quickly asked “can I come late?” thinking I would bicycle to the place in about 30 minutes. She said it was too far to bicycle to and that I would have to take a taxi. I am trying to avoid taxis and I didn’t have cash on me to pay for it so I ask “if I can go right now, you can pick me up?” She said yes, but then called to see if another teacher could pick me up because she obviously was running late. Then she called me back and said, “Can you take a taxi?”. Me “why?” VP- “because if I get you it will take 10 minutes…” blah blah blah. Me “I don’t want to take a taxi so I guess I just won’t go.” VP- “But you will go if I pick you up?” Me- “yes”. VP- “ok, be outside in 5 minutes.” Anyways, I share this because they are just so unorganized. The restaurant they took me and the other new teacher to was amazing. It was a steak place and just beautiful and so expensive that I could never have afforded to go there on my own. It was a full course meal also. The principal is nice, but doesn’t speak any English. She is Christian and so she likes me because I am a Christian.

The World Cup is a big deal here. It’s so exciting. Everyone goes to a bar or park with a screen and it’s the biggest crowd you would ever see. I went to the first Korea game downtown to watch on the big screen, but it was too crowded and I’m discovering I am claustrophobic. I went to billibow, a place that I play darts at and it was much better and still exciting. Last night I went there to watch the USA game. It was so nerve wrecking. We scored in the last two minutes and won. So, both SK and USA are moving on. I was looking at the brackets and SK plays Uruguay. 2 hours later, US plays Ghana and if both win USA and Korea will play each other next and that would just be so exciting since there are a lot of Americans in Korea, and a lot of Koreans J.

In the classroom I was given, there was a lot of random stuff in there. Not too random, there was a teacher in here before, but it looks like the left over supplies and stuff. There was also a tiny fish tank with a cave in it. There was also fish food sitting next to it. I kept looking at it and thought a fish must have lived here before and shrugged. I figure a fish tank could come in handy. You never know. Three weeks after I have been sitting in this classroom every day I look up and see a fish swimming in the fish tank! I jumped! No one uses this classroom. It’s like it was hibernating. I asked the Korean teacher if she knew anything about the fish. She looked at me like I was crazy and I told her there was a fish in the fish tanks. She was so surprised. She had seen the fish tank and thought it was empty also. So I went and wiggled the cave so that the fish would swim out. Her jaw dropped. Who on earth was taking care of this fish? I asked my students what I should name it and they didn’t have any suggestions. I was eating lunch with the other foreign teachers on Saturday and told them about the fish. Then one of the teachers told me that some teachers, who left 3 months ago, had bought 3 fish. She then told me that she two of the fish died when she was watching the fish for one week. She also informed me that the name of the fish is Miguk (Me-gook), which means America in Korean. It was bought on the 4th of July last year. Anyways, she also said it is a ghost fish, because for one day it was floating around the bowl like it was dead, and then started swimming again. I think I believe her because this fish has gone like 3 months without food or something. I just looked up information about taking care of fish and I am supposed to give it food every day. I thought maybe it was a special fish because it’s still alive after so long of not eating. I am now feeding it every day and I guess it’s my fish now.
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Jen on

This is strange...I came across your blog when I googled CIS just for fun...Miguk is our fish! We left him there with another coworker in March who has since left and were wondering what happened to him....we thought he would be long dead now! I can't believe he's still alive!!!

brianna29 on

Oh, I just now saw your comment! That is so funny! Yeah, the fish is still alive! It wasn't fed for at least a month though.

no on

Brianna! Is this fish still alive. I have been there for almost two weeks and haven't seen one. I hope it is still around. Please show it to me when you get a chance. Can't wait to meet him.

Steven Celebre on

lol thats was mine and my fiances fish!! Im glad its alive and well. We had given it to another teacher when we left the country but it turned out that teacher quit the school in the middle of the night on the same day that we left for home . . . . . glad to see it somehow survived as that fish is immortal. The story told yo you is true. It froze in subzero temperatures when are heat was turned off and we had to leave for a few days. When we came back it was dead but somehow came to life when the temperature returned to normal.

Glad to hear you are enjoying the school as I absolutled HATED it there. I dont think they liked men too much as I got screwed over more often than anyone else by far. Lots of stories to tell indeed, just glad to be the hell out of there

Steven on

Haha i didnt realize Jen (my fiance) had already posted something . . . . .

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