My weekend's adventures

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Monday, October 2, 2006

Hey there!!! How are you?

I had a wonderful weekend. Managed to do so many things - so many different psycho things. On Friday, my school was having a picnic, so I didn't need to get up early to go to school wich was excellent news. So, I just lazed about all day and then at 4.30pm I walked to emma's school and met her. We were going to an english night. I hadn't a clue what we had in store - all I knew was that the university students had graduated and they were gathering. So I thought I was going to have to stand around and talk awkward englishee for a few hours. Not so.

We arrived and had dinner whilst standing at a stall in the street. By dinner, I mean I ate 4 dumplings and a piece of chicken from a stick. Typical Korean portions. I have come to accept that I need more than this.

So, we tottered along to the university and received a programme for the nights events - turns out they were putting on a show!!! Full of singing and dancing. On opening the brochure, I discovered that they were doing a play called 'The Sound Of Mozart' which included the songs 'Summer Lubin' from Grease and 'All I Need Is Lub' by the Beatles. They also read two poems by Robert Burns and then sang some more songs. Including 'Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do'. One of my favourites!!!

It is ever so strange, that after 2 weeks of teaching my students - they can say b's and p's. or v's and b's. But, no-one had actually informed these university students how to sing the main line from the song 'All we need is love'!!! It was hilarious entertainment for me however and I was rolling around laughing. I can't believe I didn't take my camera!!!

For the play, Mozart had an assistnat - Johanne. So, all these Koreans were roaming around the stage in a theatrical manner looking for Yo-han. And he came skipping on - lederhosens and all. Brilliant. You can't even imagine my delight as this tall scraggly korean with his glasses came skipping onto the stage. RIDICULOUS.

The lovers from the play also sang 'Tomorrow' from Annie. And did some dramatic posing and hand sweeping at the key changes. Lovely!!! I would've paid to see that performance!!!

So, The Rabbie Burns folk were ok - as in they weren't entertaining and I couldn't even make out what they were saying. We didn't stay for the final play - it would have been too much for me. So, we sauntered down to some music concert. Where artists would come on and sing rock songs. However one of the 'rockers' looked about 16 and was tiny and skinny and kept doing thing howling thing and jumping about the stage getting down wit his homies. Hilarious. The main line of the song was 'I love you very well'. As with most korean songs, the main line is in englishee, then the rest is in korean. Brilliant. So i can sing along with 1 line!!

After the concert I ate 2 more dumplings and then went home to relax after my laughing spree.

Saturday night emma, ed, courtney, soojin, racoon, and I went to a football game. How exciting!!! Daegu versus Seoul. As with any football game i missed both of the goals. No surprises there!! It was excellent fun though!! Even though ed got a little bit carried away. Being american and all.

So, that part all linked, now for the parts which are unrelated with one another, however I feel the need to tell you about them.

Flower packaging - here, when you buy flowers, its the packaging that you really pay for. They wrap the flowers in netting and foils and ribbons and all sorts - by the end you can't even see the flowers. Its tacky and hideous. But there we are. That's Koreans for you.

As Ive mentioned before, regardless of how much i gesture and point and repeat things - Koreans just talk and talk and talk at us. I'm like 'Sorry? What?' And they just say it again. Looking at me. Thinking if they say it again, I'll get it. So I end up just agreeing with them. If in doubt, just say 'ne' and walk away. Like the other day we were putting the rubbish out and this guy just stood and said some sentences over and over. And me n emma were gesturing and pointing and saying 'Do we put THESE bags over HERE?' He was like 'shma blah bfhdius ddjdjdgfhf uthr e ebnnght bfnf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'. Great. Such help. Thanks Mr Korean Man. Making me feel great about this stupid place!!!!

As well as hating Koreans, I also hate the weather here. It is ridiculous. Freezing in the morning, then roasting in the afternoon. It makes everyone really ill too. Stupid bloody country!!

So, only working one day this week. Excellent news!! Jen has arrived in Seoul. Going to pick her up from Daegu airport tonight!! Very Excited!!! Going to Busan for a few days then back here to travel round temples and the likes. Will fill you in soon!!!

Ciao for now!!! xxx
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