Friday, November 22, 2013

Last minute weekend plans

[As a part of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), I'm posting here once a day during November.  Today is Day 22.]

A few weeks ago on a Wednesday or Thursday my fellow TTG friends posted in our facebook group about some cultural outing in Suwon on November 23-24, asking who had applied. I had no idea what they were talking about, and figured it must just be something from their areas and not mine. The following Monday one of my co-teachers sent me a message with information about this cultural outing. It was a free weekend-long event for native English teachers, put on by the Korean Culture and Information Service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.  Only the first 50 applicants could go.

I sent in an application right when I received the information, even though the schedule consisted of waking up at 3am on Sunday morning of the temple stay for a bell ringing, followed by other meditation activities and a second full day of activities.  I would see and learn things that I wouldn't experience on my own during a regular weekend, and I would be able to meet other English teachers in the region.

I received an email reply soon after saying that there were no more spots on the trip (I'm assuming because everyone else got the information from their schools the week before).  I was on the waiting list though.

Fast forward three weeks to yesterday.  I'm almost to Friday, and very much looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday.  I'll have some G+ Hangouts or calls with people that morning, since I was gone in Seoul all last weekend.  Then it'll be off to Korean class, dinner with TTG friends, and home.  I'll have Sunday morning for another possible call or Hangout, then all day Sunday to finish winter camp planning, clean my apartment, read, study Korean, and all that good Sunday stuff.

So after first period yesterday I received a text in English: "About youngju temple and sightseeing Suwon Hwaseong this weekend, we sent you the email, please check and reply to me your decision. Thanks."

Checked my email -- a spot had opened up for the trip that was... wait, this weekend! In two days.  I had really been looking forward to getting caught up on lesson plans, while also having some time to relax this weekend.  But, sometimes you must say yes!  I'll finish my winter camps this weekend somehow, and I'll be glad I went on the trip.  I can relax next weekend.  So after second period I wrote a response and said I would go.

I'm finding out that it will take me over 2 hours to get to the meeting place tomorrow morning, and that's if I get off the bus at the right stop, etc.  I should leave my house by 6:45 at the latest (During the week I wake up at 7:30), so hopefully I can fall asleep earlier than normal tonight.

If I wake up to my alarm and get to where I'm supposed to be tomorrow, there should be interesting things to read about come Monday!  Have a good weekend everyone!
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  1. Work on the lesson plans while on the bus/train?
    And always, always budget extra time for finding your way around Asia. The lack of Latin alphabet results in lots of confusion (but you probably already know this by now).

    1. Thanks Iris! I did briefly work on some lesson plans on the bus with pencil and paper, but there's only so much I could do without the internet... Got to my destination a half hour early (which I prefer to being late!), and on Sunday it took over 3 hours to get back home.