I was able to get a taste of it yesterday when about 20ish ETAs and I ventured into the city of Cheongju. It seemed like an awesome city and has about 600,000 people in it. I didn't really get to explore very much because we had our cooking class! I took my first Korean cooking class and it was a ton of fun. We made kimbap and a beef and vegetable dish that the name is escaping me right now but it was really good! I am hoping to take a few more cooking classes as I go about my grant year. Here are some photos from yesterday.
Monica dominating at rolling kimbap.
My great group of Chef ETAs!
So yeah it was a great time! Today I am just attempting to study up a storm in preparation for our last week of Korean classes. We have to deliver a speech tomorrow, take our 4 hour final exam on Wednesday and finishing shooting/editing our final project for graduation next Monday. The material is still really hard for me and many others. I got my lowest grade so far on last week's quiz. I'm feeling better about this speech though and we'll just have to see what the final looks like I suppose.
We did get to take some time to relax with our teachers last week for a little picnic outside. We were going to go out but we didn't really have access to a place that could accommodate all of us at once so we just order a bunch of pizza and other goodies and hung out at Jungwon. We ate a ton of food and played some games and stuff and it was a pretty good time.
We are going to have the annual talent show here coming up in a few days. I'll probably participate in a Limbo Contest/Act for my contribution and then just enjoy the rest of it from the audience. The theme is Hunger Games (or the Kimchi Games in our case). I never read the books but I watched the movie for the 1st time this past weekend. It was actually better than I thought it would be. A lot of people were a bit disturbed by it, but I just saw it more as a story and knew that it obviously wasn't true so it wasn't a huge deal to me. But at least I will know what is going on now (hopefully).
Here is a photo that I stole from my ETA pal Katelyn that shows a map of where all of us ETAs will be:
Where am I you may be asking? Well see that tiny red dot all by itself on the very southern-central tip of the country? That is me. I am a bit isolated, but the closest people are only an hour-ish away so I don't think it is as bad as it looks. I am excited to finally get down there and see what it is I will be doing for the rest of the year.
Until next time.