I have a lot of spare time at school. That time is spent dicking around on the internet or lesson planning. I like that I always have work I can do, and I can work at whatever pace I want to. If I'm not working (lesson planning) and not teaching, I'm very good at keeping myself occupied.
I used to distract myself terribly on websites, not to the point where I was on addictinggames.com, but just redditing, reading dumb shit, that sort of thing. I'm trying to be a bit more productive now so my activities I limit to either reading a few of my favorite blogs, organizing my work folder of games/activities/lesson plans/images/videos, and learning Korean and teaching techniques. And of course, I try to write for this blog.
Yeahh still not real productive. I don't have a sim card yet, so at least I'm not texting people all the time.
I have a lot of spare time outside of work too of course...In fact I guess now that I'm out of school, it's all spare time, isn't it?
Every Saturday I go to Bar Caribe in Seomyeon, 40 minutes away by train to do some Latin dancing. Without practice, you forget everything. Plus the people there are pretty fun and speak good English. The Korean women I've met there are a hell of a lot less shy than the other ones I've met so far. That's a good thing.
I lift heavy every other day. I want to try to get my high school body back, before I lost a lot of weight from boxing and stuff. On the days that I don't lift I do hill sprints and silly things at the gym like flirt with the owner's wife while hula hooping to terrible 80's music. It's very relaxing because she always makes a cup of nok-cha for me, which is green tea with roasted barley or rice or something.
On the way back down I'll stop the street food vendors and eat Eul-mok, which is a ribbon of fishcake on a skewer, and some deep-fried things like hardboiled egg, chicken, or whatever. The fishcake broth tastes even better than the fishcake itself, which admittedly, does not sound appetizing. When I look at all the ribbons eul-mok simmering with peppers floating about, it reminds me of my favorite Chicago food- Italian beef. I stopped being a Chicago native in '07, but Johnnie's in Elmwood park cooked up the sandwich that I knew as the pinnacle of Italian Beefs. The best Eul-mok in the world, I don't care if it's made in the kitchens of Elenia and simmered in Gordon Ramsey's ball sweat, will never be good enough to touch the orbit of even a mediocre Italian beef. But it gets points for reminding me of one of my homes.
Other public school teachers are scattered all around the city, so I mostly take a 20 minute subway ride to Deokchon if I want to get dinner. It's the closest transfer station, and even though there's like thirty people living there, there's only two that I do stuff with on a regular basis, the ones I got wasted and ate chicken assholes with. I take back what I said about Deokchon, it is a wonderful place to live, we just didn't explore it well enough the first time around. Tom and I even found a very nice boxing gym right next to his apartment for 90k/month, a standard price. I am jealous of that, but I am also grateful for being a 5 minute walk from my school.
The biggest thing I got going on during the weekdays are the three Korean guys I've met through random circumstance. I can't wait to write about those goofy fuckers.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="487" caption="For Joey back home."][/caption][caption id="" align="alignnone" width="487" caption="shout out to all the kids whose parents are too poor to buy them North Face jackets"][/caption]