So we are officially en-route toThailand (we've made it as far as the departures lounge of the Gimhae airport in Busan). I thought I'd use the time to update my blog with some very exciting news. We have adopted a kitten. Last Sunday George texted me a picture of a cat and her kitten. They lived behind Blowfish bar in Songjeong. The owners of the mother cat were looking for a home for the kitten and George volunteered, surprising me with the news on the morning we were to bring her home. She moved in on Sunday, terrible timing since we were only a week away from vacation, but they wanted her to be taken in at that time so there wasn't much choice. So we brough the kitten home, assuming that it was a boy, as we had been told. Approximately 2 seconds into a Skype call to my dad, we were informed that calico cats are all female ... so it turns out that we brought home a little girl! We used our cell phone dictionaries to come up with a Korean name, and settled on 우 미 (Oo Mi), which was supposed to mean "grace and elegance". We figure she'll either undergo a huge change and grow into the name, or it will be funny because it's ironic. After speaking to some Korean friends were were told it means something a little different ... I think "bitchy or stuck-up", and has a bit of a negative connotation. Oh well, we like it! One of the owners of Blowfish has 2 kittens of her own who live at the bar, and agreed to take Oo Mi while we are on vacation, which is a total lifesaver! We dropped her off this morning, and I hope she takes well to her time as a bar cat! I think our flight is boarding soon, so I have to go, updates from Thailand soon!!!
Long time no blog. Sorry for anyone who is trying to follow this thing!
I kind of forgot I had a blog for a while there. Weird...
It's summer camp time so my schedule has been drastically changed. I'm working at a camp at a university in Bansong, which is just outside of Busan. I teach either 1 or 2 80 minute classes each morning, so with the commute I'm still home by 1:30 each day ... amazing! How has this been affecting my blogging? Well, I do my best work (meaning: I have a lot of free time) from my office at school. I do not have a computer or an office at camp so I have been spending alot less time online. The shortened work hours are great ... it feels like I'm already on vacation because I'm only working half days.
Not much is new here. The rain has been much less frequent the last few weeks - I think we've had more sunny days than rainy ones. George is officially on vacation, his camp ended today. I have one more week of camp and then my 2 week vacation starts.
We just recieved confirmation today - WE'RE GOING TO THAILAND NEXT SATURDAY!!!!!! We had originally planned on going to the Philippines and Hong Kong, but left things to the last minute and weren't able to get flights on the days we wanted. Our travel agent recommended Thailand and we decided to go for it. Although we've been planning on travelling through Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia when our contract is finished, we decided that we'd do the southern beaches this time, and do northern Thailand next spring!
We're flying into Phuket and plan on splitting our time between Karon (on Phuket), Krabi and Koh Phi Phi (where The Beach was filmed!). We're going from the 15th-24th and I am sooooooo excited :)
I was born and raised in the small town of Peterborough, Ontario and have a Kinesioloy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Not knowing what career path to follow, I decided it was high time to do some travelling. What better way to spend a year then teaching English is South Korea?!
My goals for the year include learning to speak and read Korean, finding a triathlon/running club to train with so that I can complete my first triathlon this summer, and to meet as many people as possible.