Last weekend, I went to Daegu with Tracey for Taylor and Cameron's Surprise Birthday Party. It was going to be an weekend event, of sorts, which launched with a Surprise dinner at TGI Friday's at 9pm. Tracey and I weren't really lucky with tickets. We left school around 3pm (after our classes) but next available ticket to Gwangju wasn't until a bit after 4pm. When we got to Gwangju, we couldn't get a bus to Daegu until about 7pm and it's about a three and a half hour drive so we knew we wouldn't make it. Regardless, we could participate in the after dinner festivities and we wanted to see Cameron and wish him a happy birthday. It was nice to see so many other ETAs around too and I could tell that Cameron was touched we traveled so far to celebrate with him.
On Sunday, Tracey and I met up with Ashley to go to Costco. I picked up some popcorn (I'm gonna show a movie and give popcorn to my good classes for the last week) for my kids and Tracey got some hot cocoa and peppermint candy canes for her kids. Then we headed back to Mokpo. It was actually the earliest we've ever left a city to go back to Mokpo on a Sunday (we left around 2pm). My overall impression of Daegu was really positive. There are parts of downtown that kind of remind me of Minneapolis. The sidewalks and stores were really cute and reminded me of Nicollet Mall and random other places when I was working there.
So this week has been really relaxed because I've been playing a bomb game with both my second years and third years. I'm doing an English review game for my second years as their finals are next Monday and Tuesday. My third years have been done with finals for two weeks now and they're ready to leave middle school/not learn anything new, so I'm doing a fun bomb game for them. There's a lot of random questions about me, America, and things they've learned in the class in there. They seem to be enjoying it. It's a bit sad to think that my classes are finishing up. It really has flown by and I wonder if any of my kids have learned anything. The good thing is I'm past my burnout mode. I think I was just having an off week. I mean, I'm still struggling with thinking I'm not teaching anything to anyone but I feel a lot better overall.
Today, after my classes, at 3pm, there is a sports day for the teachers. All the middle school teachers and high school teachers are getting together in the gym and competing on two teams. There's volleyball, kickball, tug-of-war, and a three-legged race. I'm on the tug-of-war team (they signed me up) and Tracey's doing volleyball (duh since she played in college). It's supposed to be three hours. Afterwards, all the teachers will eat dinner together in the cafeteria. It should be fun and 정 building.
Tomorrow morning (at like 6am), I'm heading to Busan for Kathy's birthday. She wanted to spend time with people and she picked Busan so I'll be heading over there to spend the day with her. I still can't believe break is coming up soon. My time in Korea has flown by. Wow.