It was another good week in the neighborhood, whether or not you would like to be my neighbor. My students were pretty good, and I’m starting to recognise a few by sight. I went dancing with my co-teacher. Every Thursday is a cha cha lesson at another school in Gwanhwamoon. (Gwanhwamoon is an area in central Seoul, and it is a very nice area, one of my favorites) – I had my butt handed to me again by some of the older dancers. My…. it is depressing when a group of over 40’s and a few over 60’s can out dance you. I’ll catch up though. I like going because it makes my co-teacher smile. She says it’s because it’s polite, but I think it is not a polite smile, it is a joyous smile. She really has a beautiful smile.
Friday we had a group come in to make a promotional video. I dressed up, and had to do a re-do lesson for one of my classes. They wanted to show one of the advanced class, but since I had already taught them this week’s lesson, and next week’s lesson is a review, we had to pretend it was a new lesson. Some of my students are quite the Sarah Heartburns. I then had to go outside and “pretend” to laugh and talk to my students, but actually I wasn’t pretending. I got a fairly good introduction to the cutest of the current boy bands, and found out the only band I knew was actually very old and not cool anymore. That’s ok, because I’m actually very old and not cool anymore. I still had a good time, even if it was “pretend” I wonder if they will let me have the same thing on the lawn for real?
For rad randomness I had a pretty good weekend. Saturday I was supposed to go on a bike ride with the bike club at school, and although I did look forward to it, the thought of a five hour 56 kilometer trek was just a bit much, so I canceled. I wonder if they would be up for a one hour 10 kilometer trek. That would be much more my speed right now. I’m sorry I didn’t go, but I was glad to see a friend from Incheon. We drank wine and talked into the night, until she had to go. I hope next time she can stay longer because it is always good to drink wine and talk into the night. Today I got to eat lunch with another EPIK teacher I met during the orientation. She is one of the coolest women I’ve met in a while, and I was glad to get a chance to sit outside drink coffee and talk about politics. I don’t get much of a chance here in Seoul, because most of my friends are not American or not interested. (or both) During my toastmaster’s meeting I ran into another EPIK teacher, and we decided to go to some of the other meetings around Seoul. I’d like to find one that is a bit more laid back than my current one, although I do like most of the people who go there.
All in all a pretty good week/ weekend.