Browsing Archive: December, 2012

Christmas and after...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, December 31, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
Ava, Jonah, and Michelle playing Uno and Ishmael, Jordan, and Nina playing the "I've Never..." drinking game
 
 Christmas was lovely, regardless of the lack of family.  I ended up extending an invitation to all my Yecheon friends and inviting them over for roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, and various desserts... as well as a Dirty Santa gift exchange party.  

165,360 Korean Won worth of beef.  It comes out to almost $159 US dollars
 
 The beef was Korean and was outstanding (you should have see...
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Korea Elects its First Female President

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, December 24, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

 Park Geun-Hye has become Korea's first female president.  Madam Park has my admiration, but I cannot be a true sympathizer as she is a candidate of the red party (which is the highly conservative party... the one I don't see eye to eye with when it comes to issues that should not be political ones, IMO).  Korea's politics are no different than America's in that area.  Also, President Park's father was the former president of Korea and was a bit on the tyrannical side.  He was the catalyst fo...
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English Camp x2, Winter Break, and Christmas Dinner with Friends

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, December 24, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

So, English Camp was rescheduled for the following week, which turned out to be great!  We had a lot of fun baking cookies and decorating them, and the students got to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas, which is a classic (as far as I'm concerned).  




 The school board of Yecheon-Eup issued a ton of money to the elementary schools and demanded they use it for another English Camp, so this saw me scrambling last minute to come up with another lesson plan.  Unfortunately, this time no one took...

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First there was English Camp and then it was canceled ㅠㅠ

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 


 This week I've spent a large portion of my time preparing for the English Camp I am supposed to teach tomorrow morning (well, WAS supposed to teach).  I bought an oven and mixer and all kinds of goodies so I could bake and make yummy American style cuisine for my students.  But, since the snow has come in so hard, they are postponing it until next weekend... or whenever the next suitable weekend is.  Sad me!  
 

Yongmoon at lunch time.  The snow rolled in again!
 

The main entrance to my school....
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눈 있어요 ^^ ~ There is snow!

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
This week has brought on the serious weather with temperatures remaining below freezing 24 hours a day, heavy snow falls and the sun getting just warm enough to make ice glaze over the snowy ground.  Walking isn't too much of a chore, but stepping off the bus can pose a hazard, as I found out the hard way.  Everything is fine, but my knee isn't terribly happy with me right now LOL.  Here are pics I took this week.  Enjoy!


Sangri Elementary (highest elevation point of all the schools I teach at...
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Final portrait painting for Oppa

Posted by Ava Larkin on Saturday, December 1, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
So, as a thank you for all the awesome things oppa has done for me I decided to paint his portrait in ink on watercolor paper.  He loved the pencil sketch I did, but it was too small and too rapidly drawn to warrant framing and hanging on his wall.  Today I spent half the day rendering this for him... hopefully he likes it! 



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Who needs worms in tequila when you have fire ants and bees in soju?

Posted by Ava Larkin on Saturday, December 1, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

Oppa Choi shakes the bee soju

This week was one awesome experience after another and oppa wouldn't have it any other way.  The other night he took us out to dinner for sogogi, again.  Afterwards he invited us to his office, which is located in downtown Yecheon.  When we walked through the door there were shelves lining one wall completely filled with an assortment of glass vessels.  Each jar held some sort of root, plant, or insect that was fermenting in liquid.  They looked like a b...

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Ava Larkin Artist, Sculptor, Singer, Language Freak, Motorcycle Enthusiast, and about everything in between... currently teaching English in South Korea. http://motojezebelle.tumblr.com/