Me: "So what are we doing to do on this trip?"
Math Teacher: "Oh probably drink, and eat, but mostly just drink"
Me: "Well what else, like activities"
Math Teacher: "Maybe cards or some games, but we will drink"
Me: "Is there anything special I should bring for the trip?"Well okay then, bring clothes and my liver...got it. I did get a copy of the itinerary but it was in Korean and google translate was no help at all. I should also note my main co-teacher would not be making the trip do to being ready to burst (8 1/2 months pregnant) so some of the other teachers told me they were worried for me, who would I talk to? Umm did they forget we have like 8 English teachers at our school and the principal LOVES practicing his English with me.
Co-T: "The school uniform for a picture, and extra clothes the boys will probably throw you in the water"
Okay back to the trip - so we boarded the bus around noon and were immediately handed a goodie bag of snacks for the road, including a piping hot rice cake and some dried squid - gee THANKS! We stopped for lunch after about an hour and then continued until we wound up at some park, which I failed to catch the name of, in myeongdong for some hiking (oops only wore my sandals). Thankfully it was more of a walk and for the most part along a paved pathway. Not really sure how long it took but I was able to chat with a few different teachers and the principal along the way - the area was really beautiful so of course we stopped for a few photo ops. When we arrived at the end we had to wait in line for the boat we'd be taking back to the bus - I stopped in the bathroom and on the way out was greeted by a friendly [drunk] old man, "Hi, I uhh I Love you" Yeah, thanks dude see ya later, or so I thought. He proceeded to follow me back to where the rest of my group was waiting. A few noticed and motioned me over while telling this guy to get lost but he wasn't really interested. He lingered and waved, and starred, and continued to tell me how much he loved me. Thankfully I was able to cut in line and get on the next boat, see ya never creepy old man.
|류현정 and I|
|The man, the myth, the legend|
|Never too early for soju with this man|
|Korean "love shot"|
Before leaving for the field trip I came across multiple facebook and blog posts about people's apathetic and negative feelings regarding their school outings. I also had friends wishing me luck and feeling sorry for me that I had to go. Maybe it's that other people have terrible teachers and staff but I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this trip and i'm glad I went. Now here's to hoping that the teachers will continue to talk to me back at school - maybe i'll have to feed them soju at lunch!