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Hello Line 5!

September 21, 2009

I spent my Saturday on the orange line, otherwise known as line 5, of the Seoul metro. My day started at 7:30 AM when i got up to meet my co-teacher, Joey, at the metro stop along with a few students to go on a field trip to Changdeok Palace.  Of course, I was reluctant to get up early on the weekend but once I learned that the palace is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, I figured I had to find a way there. Completely and totally worth it (especially for a complimentary ticket!), take a look.

There were quite a few people visiting as it was a perfect day but I didn't have to wait in line as Joey already lined up a tourguide! woohoo!

There were quite a few people visiting as it was a perfect day but I didn't have to wait in line as Joey already lined up a tourguide! woohoo!

Students ask the poor tour guide for answers to their worksheet questions

Students ask the poor tour guide for answers to their worksheet questions

The students sat down at every opportunity while Joey and I stayed on our feet for the duration of the tour. Silly students.

Afterward, Joey escorted me through Insadong, a lively, colorful shopping area where we ate delicious foods and saw strange sights. First, the food.

The best bulgogi I've had yet! Joey ordered kimchi soup with mackarel..it is far from my favorite dish but it looked good at least.

The best bulgogi I've had yet! Joey ordered kimchi soup with mackarel..it is far from my favorite dish but it looked good at least.

Joey bought me some Turkish icecream then we took this fun pic. It's like regular icecream but chewy and very gooey.

Joey bought me some Turkish icecream then we took this fun pic. It's like regular icecream but chewy and very gooey.

And now for the strange:

It's funny...people were just strolling by this robot as if it were a fire hydrant...I found it more than a little frightening

It's funny...people were just strolling by this robot as if it were a fire hydrant...I found it more than a little frightening

Robots versus Rabbits? At first, Joey and I were just following a group of rabbits but then some silver faced people showed up and started beating them up...I'm not sure what it was all about.

Robots versus Rabbits? At first, Joey and I were just following a group of rabbits but then some silver faced people showed up and started beating them up...I'm not sure what it was all about.

So, yeah, make of it what you will.

We departed the area for a more remote location where there was a sweet little tea house and a gorgeous view of the city.

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So after THAT…I left to get ready for an all night, electronic music concert with some of my friends. I was too lazy to bring a camera so this is a pic from Chris’ camera.

I danced my face off for hours.

I danced my face off for hours.

Isn’t it neat? I managed to avoid being in about 90% of the photos taken…why? Well, let’s just say that there was probably more drinking at this place than dancing. Anyway, I got home around 2:30 AM and coughed myself to sleep.I spent Sunday recovering and was good to go by Monday morning.

I should mention that my beginner after school conversation class was today and we had a blast! The lesson focused on direction vocabulary with the end activity being one student at the chalkboard while the rest of the class screamed how to draw a particular house to the student. It was hilarious AND even my shyest students got involved.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    September 21, 2009 4:39 pm

    Glad you feeling better. You Blog is WONDERFUL!! The Tes House sound
    like it would be very interesting. Are the teas strong? Bumblebee is my
    favorite character (YELLOW)

  2. Toby permalink
    September 22, 2009 1:12 am

    Hi! Glad you’re feeling better, and are experiencing so much in Korea. Great pictures! Be well…

    • aukissed permalink*
      September 23, 2009 1:17 am

      Hey thanks for reading…it means a lot that you do.

      Where is your blog?

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