November - the half way mark

Trip Start May 18, 2006
Trip End May 30, 2007

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Well we have made it half way in our crazy adventure and we are still having a great time seeing and doing new things almost every week.

Again for this entry I will try and keep it short and just bullet point the most interesting things that have happened since our last post:

- The weather is certainly changing; at the moment the nights are hitting about 5 degrees, with the days not too far off. However, we have been told it gets a lot worse in December with a few feet of snow falling each day. Luckily, this crazy weather means that we may be getting heaps of days off school for 'snow days'. We are both looking forward to the potential of a "White Christmas". Last night we saw a picture of the main street in town covered in snow....that's what we have to look forward to.....We are both finishing at the end of Dec (29/12) for two months so hopefully we can get out of Korea to a warmer climate.

- Nicole's co-teacher had a healthy baby girl. She knew she was having a girl. We don't know the name yet, but i heard that she was going to a fortune teller kinda person who you pay to make a name for the baby. This person takes into account the mother and father's names and the stars etc on the birthdate....sounds like a great little money spinner...i offered to make a name for her but she wouldn't buy into it. I did try to steer her away from some classic names that i have heard here: Soo-ri, Hae-ri (girl's name, yep she gets harry potter), sik-bum (ohhhh...what can i say), kwang-bum...just anything with bum in it i guess...

- We got a new white person in Gangjin! His name is Mark, his from England and he will be teaching at one of the many after school academies. This is worth mentioning as we have an extra person to play poker with. (He almost won last night, but Chris took him down to continue his winning streak).

- Nov 11 is important for many reason, for example, the end of WW1 and my Birthday. However, in Korea it means so much more - 'Peppero Day', for the people who have not experienced this wonderful day, it basically involves people buying Pepperos, that is chocolates, for each other. They are like the pokki we have in Australia, biscuit stick dipped in Choc (You know the red box). Cause they look like a 1, hence 11th of the 11 = Peppero Day ! However, unlike Christmas no religious or spiritual ideas underlies the day rather, I have been told, it was started by the Peppero company and has blown into this huge day of corporate commercialisation much like Christmas at home. With Korea's love of gift sets, the supermarkets were full of them. Kids we asked were spending up to $30 on Peppero for family and friends! So people understand I have included a picture of a Peppero in this post. So not surprisingly Matt got many Peppero for his Birthday.

Matt's special day was celebrated by going to a drum concert which was great, free food and drink. Then at the end, when the MC was giving thanks to all that participated, the foreigners table got a special mention and the lights on was a cool moment. Followed up by Pizza's, chicken and way to many drinks back at our place. Beer, Soju and one drink we haven't mentioned yet "Dong, Dong, Ju" (this stuff tastes like coconut and Malibu and is really potent) flowed. A game of poker and then a trip to the Singing Room (Norebang)...with Matt belting out "Hero"....for a score of 99/100, it took a few songs to warm up but Nic took the honors with a perfect 100 for "Since you've been gone"....priceless moments, very drunken and very fun!

- Last week Nic and I spent the weekend at a camp. It was great and the included pictures. I'm sure will tell you everything you need to know.

Well that's about it, we have 6 weeks left until the end of term, but with exams and the study week we have about 4 weeks of teaching left until holidays!!!! Hope you are all well in Australia and the hot weather is nice.
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