Am I married???
Trip Start May 13, 2010
38Trip End Aug 02, 2010
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The seminar this morning was somewhat delayed and not really a seminar at all. We moved to the gymnasium – it was raining outside (of course I stupidly shipped my rain jacket back to Canada – Why???) and what was supposed to be an outdoor event needed to be indoors. The event today was a dance/music event – a group from another university visited and demonstrated some traditional Korean instruments and dance. We had some chance to try it, but…well, to be honest, some of the instruments/dance may have been a bit beyond me and I could not hear the instructions well anyway (100 students in an auditorium with drums etc… is not helpful!). It was a good show though – I enjoyed watching the students perform though it would take me sometime to get to their level!
After the demonstration, we had lunch and had free time
The production we were seeing was Nanta show – a Korean fusion production. I was not sure what to expect – the show itself was made up of dance, and drums and acting. It was pretty good actually…and I was even brought up on the stage for a short time. Surprise…surprise…I am now married apparently!
I wish I caught her name at least! (apparently it was one of the students! Go figure. She came from across the room and I honestly did not really have a chance to even look at her face).
Today was a relaxing day. I met up with my friend for lunch and to check out the electronics market. In a word -- the market is huge. Fantastically huge with a bunch of small outlets (almost cubicles) piled high with computer motherboards, components, monitors etc...it is definitely not a Best Buy or Futureshop! And no prices...mostly anyway...I didn't really need anything anyway, but walking through was certainly an experience. It is listed as the largest in the world and, for now, I need to believe it.
Had hot pot at the Jungsan station and later a ice cream with fruit and ice shavings for dessert. I only stuck around that area for a couple of hours as it seems that tiredness is beginning to catch up on me. I had wanted to get back to the university to get in a run before dinner but almost fell asleep on the subway so decided that just relaxing would be good enough
It is strange actually -- here professors are definitely separated from the 'group; and it is hard to interact. I am not entirely sure about the relationship here as it is not as casual as I have seen in Vietnam even...All we can really do is watch as the students grow, obtain new friendships and memories -- some put photos up and these photos are not what I will be taking home with me from this trip. It is a bit sad actually -- has this point in my life passed? Can it be recovered? Or have I never really had this side? I think not, as I do remember these events, and memories -- it is different now. Most people around me are worried about kids (or even grandchildren) and the casualness and spontaneity of youth is being lost. Geez, I sound like I am getting ready to retire! I definitely have a different relationship with people here than I did with those I met in Vietnam and even in Taiwan. We are...grown-ups (for lack of another term) - before, I could act more like a kid.
Oh well...We will head to Gyeongju tomorrow for a three day field trip. I will speak more when I return.