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Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Day in the Life

After I blogged about how everyday life here wasn't as exciting as people seem to think, a few friends wanted to know what my daily routine was. Although it varies day-by-day (today, for example, all my kindergarteners canceled so I only taught two classes), my schedule usually breaks down like this.

7:30 am: Wake up.

8:30 am: Breakfast -- thankfully school serves both a Korean breakfast (rice, soup, vegetables, fish, kimchi) and a Western breakfast, complete with peanut butter and toast. Guess which one I get?

9:00 am - 11:45 am: Morning classes. There are three classes in the morning and four in the afternoon, but some days I'll have fewer classes and a break or two. The benefit of living on-campus? Being able to go home during breaks.

11:45 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch. Again, free from school (just like breakfast and dinner). The food is usually edible -- not great, but okay. There have been only a few meals where everything was completely inedible.

1:30 pm - 5:15 pm: Afternoon classes.

5:15 pm: Dinner -- and then off! Dinner, like lunch, is usually passable but not exactly the healthiest. Little to no veggies. A typical meal is some kind of meat (usually pork, although we've had more beef and chicken lately, or sometimes it's unidentifiable), rice, another rice product, some sort of carb, and soup. Most foreign teachers avoid the kimchi and pickles but that's always an option, of course.

Evenings are usually spent watching movies with friends, going into downtown Suyu for dinner or shopping, chatting with friends around the world thanks to the magic of the Internet, and just generally relaxing. Teaching is exhausting!

Really not a difficult schedule -- I teach a maximum of seven 45-minute classes a day and some are group activities, like bingo or karaoke. It's an easy routine to get used to and settle in.

Tomorrow is my first payday and not a moment too soon... I'm luckily off this weekend so who knows what adventures are in-store? Probably visiting the DMZ next weekend, and we've been invited for a long weekend in Vladivostok, Siberia, Russia, in late February. There's an endless stream of things to get excited about! 49 days until Christmas.

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