Thursday, June 19, 2008

June is quickly scampering away...
Our friend Cindy came here for the first weekend of the month, which was quite fun. Her first night here was our coworker Nayoung's last night, so we had a fun late-night out in our local neighborhood. We also went to Gwangalli beach at night and hit up the amusement park there. The definite highlight was our Saturday shark dive at the local aquarium. Having never scuba dived it was a bit intimidating, but all the sharks weren't interested in silly waegookins in dive suits, so dangerous it definitely was not! We got to collect any shark teeth we found on the bottom, which was rather fun. We were more on display than the sharks in one sense, since all the Korean families spent time gawking at the crazy foreigners!
Let's see... school's been the same, although we did just informally agree on a contract extension with our boss, so although we still need to sign the paperwork we have already effectively agreed to remain in Korea for 4 more months, through the end of February '09. It's a mutually beneficial decision, as it helps us save up for our "FUTURE" - whatever zaniness that may entail - while also helping COREM out by having us finish the "official" kindergarten school year.
This past weekend we met up with Sunny and her boyfriend Sean. We explored some of central-western Korea, going to the town of Gongju. It's home to some ancient tombs, one of which held an undisturbed king & queen, completely intact with plenty of treasure - in one sense the Korean Tutankhamen. We also visited, during a touristic Saturday, a nice modern museum and an ancient fortress, before eating an amazing bulgogi (spicy cooked beef) dinner. We stayed at a nice lakeside hotel, and went to a spectacular rural temple, called Magoksa, on Sunday. To get to the temple you have to cross a bridge, which was particularly nice because here were hundreds of huge fish beneath eagerly waiting to be fed by temple-goers.
All the photos should be up on our Kodak site soon, it's currently being uncooperative so we can't upload the last batch.

We are also working on a benefit party for a charity: the Sung Ae Won Home for Children, located here in Busan. For a bit more information, check out Foreign FUN(d)Raisers - although that page is most definitely under construction! We are in charge of the closing party for a 10-day event called Busan Assassin. A bit of effort, but fun and for a good cause. We're having a Spy Vs. Spy theme, with people dressed either in black or white, and wearing sunglasses. Anderson will DJ, and there will be a raffle (if we can get enough sponsors in the next 10 days) or else a bachelor/bachelorette date auction. The party will also have the awards show for the actual event, and will raise a lot of money for charity!

That's about it from here, got to back to school shortly... we now work a split shift, so we have 4 classes in the morning, from 11:20 - 3:15, and then 4 more classes from 5:30 - 8:25, although our schedule does shift a bit each day, so Liz has an easy day on Friday, and Anderson has an easy Tuesday.

Hope all's well, our thoughts our with our soggy friends in Iowa :-)

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