CEV is an English Village, where students come to be taught in an immersion program. There are 8 teachers, from various countries and we teach different students every week as part of the ‘camp’. It is an English only environment where the students visit a variety of simulation rooms such as Post Office, Bank, Hospital, Shop, Airport, Hotel and Restaurant as well as practice conservation in English. There are also other fun rooms such as Science, Art, Language Laboratory and Movie Theatre. We teach primarily students from the age of 9-15 years old. On occasion we teach Kindergarten and twice a year we have a hagwon style class in the evenings where the same students return everyday.
David and I went to the Philippines for our summer vacation. As I have mentioned before our Korean boss likes us to write a report about what we done and where we went. I am not sure whether is it because he is interested or nosy! LOL David wrote the report this time and he mentioned that we got engaged. Whoop! We were expecting our boss to read the report and ask us all about it. He didn’t. Is this proof that our suspicions are correct and that the dozens of reports we write are never read?! (or maybe he just doesn’t care! LOL)
A waterfall and plunge pool in Jeri-on, Changnyeong is our new go to place to cool off. It is a short bike ride away and it is very pretty. Another place we will miss when we leave Koreae!
At the weekend we took part in a Color Me Rad run in Seoul. It was a lot of fun! The event was held in Seoul Olympic Sports Complex. As it was extremely busy there was not a chance to run, it was more of a fun walk but this was okay with me. At various points of the course colour tunnels were set up. The first colour was orange, then pink, blue and yellow. As you walked through a group of volunteers threw coloured powder all over you! The atmosphere of the event was fantastic. Everybody was having a lot of fun and were very happy to be covered in so much colour! To participate in the race the sign up fee was 35,000 won. This included a t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses. There were also a lot of freebies to be had at the end of the race. Everybody got their own colour powder pouch(s), wet wipes and vitamin water(s). It was a very messy experience but I am glad we did it!
For our final camping trip we headed to Geoje Island. This is in south-eastern Gyeongsangnam province. We decided to camp at Munhwa Tourist Farm Park. We have been here once before in May 2012 and we kept meaning to return in peak season. We pre-booked our site via their website. It is all in Korean so we got our Korean colleague to help us. (Thanks Sohee!) The staff who work at the site speak fantastic English, there was no communication problems. Everybody is really helpful and friendly.
We arrived on Friday night. Every pitch has an electrical source, which is amazing. We brought our electric fan from home. It was really hot so having a fan was very luxurious!
A few weeks ago David and I spent a Sunday bbq-ing in Okcheon, which is just ten minutes drive from our apartment in Gyeseong. After we finished eating we headed to the streams and spent the rest of the afternoon cooling off. It was a very nice and refreshing way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
I have always wanted to go to a sushi restaurant with a conveyor belt (I dream big, I know!) and I finally went to one. David and I went to Sushi-aurant on Dong Sung-ro in down town Daegu. It cost 15,000 per person at lunch time. This included all the sushi you can eat and all the soft drinks you can drink. The menu was very varied. There were all different kinds of sushi as well is different meats. I stuck to the classic sushi dishes and David chose the duck, beef, chicken, fried doncas and spicy noodle dishes. We were both very satisfied and very full after an hour of gorging!
We did it!!! On Sunday David and I completed a half marathon. We participated in the Yeongdeok marathon. There were a variety of running courses available. We signed up for our preferred run via the internet. We heard about it after participating in the Daegu marathon where they handed out flyers advertising it.
- Upo Wetlands is located 10 km from Gyeseong. It is an environmentally important wetland. This is a great place to visit in all seasons. It is always bustling with wildlife. There are many good walking routes to explore, short and long. There are also bicycles (tandem and regular) to rent throughout the year for a reasonable price.