Punching it up

Trip Start Jun 29, 2006
Trip End Jun 26, 2007

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Monday, August 14, 2006

It's been quite the humid August so far. It's just been the usual working during the week and playing on the weekends. I did have my summer vacation (5 days total), but I didn't have any plans so it was a lot of relaxing and small trips with friends. I went up to the mountains one day and played in the river just like the Koreans do. I celebrated my first payday with some friends and spent the night at Yuran's for the second time in less than a week. I met some of Yuran's friends and I met some of Sugeun's friends. I've also started meeting with Youngin during the week before I start teaching. We are studying for the GRE - although I just recently decided I will not take it quite yet.
The hot and humid weather has continued relentlessly. However, we did experience I sudden thunderstorm on Saturday - which I got caught in without an umbrella! It was the first day all month I didn't take it with me, and as the bus was nearing downtown it started to rain. Before long it was coming down in torrents. I certainly was not the only one unprepared, but my front got soaked as I tried to hurry from the bus stop into the nearest store. It wasn't my destination, but the nice workers ushered me inside and brought me orange juice as I dripped all over their floor.
It's nice to have work. It forces me to be productive and there is air con! I have also enjoyed meeting with Youngin in the mornings. I get out of the apartment early and head to the university district. We often run into other people we know. After we study for a couple of hours, we grab lunch and I head back to Cheonsang. It's been working out quite well. I was supposed to meet her this morning as well, but she messaged me while I was waiting for the bus saying she just woke up. I don't mind, it gives me time this morning to do things like update!
Yesterday turned out to be a very good and eventful day. I forced myself out of the apartment (there's no point in staying inside without air con) and met an Australian girl that lives very close to me! I wasn't sure there were other foreigners living in my little niche of Ulsan! She had just met a girl from New Zealand, too - that means there's at least four! We were headed into town on the same bus so we got to talking. We ended up being on the same bus back to Cheonsang, too. She's only been here two months and doesn't really know anyone, so I invited her to our little AIP gathering last night. Bill (from Lethbridge, Canada but he is teaching English in Japan) was visiting and we were doing a belated birthday party for Yuran. At the peak we had 11 people, so it was a nice little showing. We had a good time and Bill's friend taught us a new drinking game. Two other tables of young people also gave Yuran drinks (she had given them each a piece of her cake).
One of the Korean teachers at my school gave me and my roommate a big bag full of onions and potatoes. I already had a bunch of onions, too! I need to come up with something great (or maybe a lot of things) to make with them. Tomorrow is Korea's independence day (Kwang bok jul) and so I don't have any school. I have been invited to go with Yuran and some other people to a nearby amusement park. It should be exciting.
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