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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

It has been one full week of teaching. Towards the end of the week I started to get into my own groove. The kids have been very receptive and hopefully are taking everything in (one can hope, right?!).

On Friday we had what was called 'stamp day'. The kids over the course of 3-4 months collect stamps from both the Foreign and Korean teachers. Then they exchange them for play money which they use to run from room to room playing games. I was in the shoot-out room. For 5 bucks they got 3 shots on goal. If they scored they won a prize. My co-ordination definitely wasn't what it used to be! Good times had by all!

On the weekend two teachers and I ventured into downtown Seoul to the Korean War Memorial Museum. It was amazing! The War Memorial illustrated the turbulent times of Korea throughout its 5,000 years of history. Six exhibition rooms displayed 13,000 items under different themes. Throughout their 5,000 year history the Korean people have undergone many internal wars and intrusions by neighboring countries. However, despite all obstacles they have managed to keep their ethnic identity and their freedom in one independent nation. The afternoon was well spent! I'd recommend it to anyone travelling through the city.

The weather has been beautiful. We are in the midst of spring and you can feel the summer breeze around the corner. Today was around 8 degrees Celsius. The county has four distinctive seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The yearly average temperature of Seoul is 12.2 degrees Celsius. In the winter, it can drop to almost minus 20 and in the summer reach the high 30s. I'm hoping after spending the last few summers in Ottawa, I've become somewhat accustomed to heat. Although with my body type, I don't know if I'll ever get use to it!

One interesting fact that a friend iterated to me this past weekend was that the total population of South Korea is almost 50 million people. It is more than 15 million than Canada's total population. Its landmass is no bigger than the province of New Brunswick. The kicker is that almost 70 percent of the landmass is mountains...

Well, I'm off to watch a movie...in English with Korean subtitles.

Take care,

Jonathan

PS For those interested in calling me my number is 031 437 8506.
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