Trip Start Nov 11, 2004
28Trip End Jan 02, 2006
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On Tuesday night as my company class cancelled on me, Young-Hun persuaded me to come and play squash with him.
He's been trying to get me to come with him to "his new fitness club" since he joined up last week. He signed up with Hui-Jin, one of the Kindy teachers and another friend of his who runs a music academy in Jincheon, for squash lessons, but in typical Young-Hun style he wanted to do it his way and the lessons weren't pacey enough for him. I thought it'd be fun to go, I haven't played squash much though I used to be quite good at badminton.
And it was fun, so much so that I went again last night and was persuaded to sign up for a months membership.
But today, oh my goodness my legs hurt. I thought I was fine this morning until I had to go in and take my tiny children in a singing class. I make them do lots of physical movements - stamp your feet, shake your hands, stretch your legs etc, (This is partly using a teaching technique (TPR) but it does also reduce the amount of time I have to spend singing...) and I was fine until we got to doing the Hokey-Cokey when I felt my hamstring give out. I noticed Hui-Jin wasn't joining in too much today either, she usually bops about with the best of them... For the rest of today I was limping around school in complete agony.
It hasn't helped that Im coming down with my third cold in as many weeks. All the kids at school are coughing for Korea and they do it right in your face, so Im not surprised at the amount of colds Ive been catching. As I write this I am sat on the wonky sofa in the living room which, when the underfloor heating is on somehow manages to be the hottest spot in the apartment, curled up with a glass of my new favourite Korean curiosity, a kind of plum wine (it has real live plums living in the bottom of the bottle), hoping to shake the aches and pains off by the weekend. I think the intense floor heat is doing my legs good...
I've now got four teaching weeks left. Its too scary how quickly the time is going. Rachel leaves in 10 days and at the moment there isn't a replacement teacher for me so Im going to be on my own up until New Year. Theres going to be so many things that I'll miss that Im determined to try and log them all so I won't forget them.
The couple that run the corner store by Sam-Jin Apt block 101... they're so friendly. The husband always practises his English numbers with me and in return has been trying to teach me the Korean for such household items as candles cho, strawberries ddal gi & milk ooyu. I think the sales for Frosties in that shop will fall once I've left.