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A relaxing vacation...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, February 1, 2013, In : Travels in South Korea 

Jordan and I eating ribs with Seo Yun and Jeyong in Andong

School is soon to resume, which I'm looking forward to.  My vacation was relaxing and fairly uneventful, which as many of you know, is not a good way for me to function.  And, in fact, makes me feel like I'm about to crawl out of my skin.  So, the gym and a couple forays into uncharted cooking territories along with the purchase of some much needed new workout clothes and shoes helped ease my temporary feelings of discontent.  This wee...
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Winter Vacation...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Travels in South Korea 

I decided to switch my vacation days from February to January, since I'm no longer planning on going to Vietnam or the US.  Thankfully the principal isn't here this week, so I only had to ask the Vice Principal, who is a total sweetheart.  To butter up the faculty I decided to make some 떡국 (ddeokguk), which is a traditional Korean soup made with beef brisket and Korean dumplings.  I actually brought the ingredients into school this morning (yes, I took the bus) and cooked it in my classro...
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My first birthday in Korea...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Travels in South Korea 

A few years ago a good friend of mine told me that odd numbers are sexy, especially when it comes to your age.  

Sooooo, here's to turning 35!


 

 
So my super awesome friends Seo Yun and Jeyong surprised me with a beautiful cake from Paris Baguette and a waffle loaded with strawberries (Yay FRUIT!!!!).  This is actually very apropos and reminded me of when I was a little girl and I'd beg my grandma to make me a strawberry shortcake.  I'd sit in front of a 3-tiered masterpiece coated with a thick ...

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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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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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KikinitinKorea... Laughing from Experience ^^

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
When my friends and family back home ask me to describe my job…
 


For those of you who have no idea what it's like over here and want to see our reaction to it (in a sarcastic, humorous sort of manner)... please visit KikinItInKorea's tumbler site.  No lengthy posts there... just a number of spot on one-liners that had my belly aching from laughing so hard.  Enjoy!
 

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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Korea Japanese American Guam style

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, November 23, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

 Confused much?  Cuz I am LOL.  Actually, my Korean friend Mr. Choi asked to go out on another date and so, we rounded up Jeyong (One of my Korean male friends that speaks great English and I hang out with all the time) and Lee (my soju drinking buddy/partner in crime/sister in another life) and headed for Andong.  As most of you know I have a love for speed and things that go fast.  So, having been moseying around the countryside at speeds that would make my grandma wanna pull out her shotgu...
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Jagalchi Fish Market Video

Posted by Ava Larkin on Thursday, October 25, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

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Busan Bound....

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, October 22, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 


This school week wrapped up with a bit of friction between a female administrator and myself.  Sadly, the English department (IE my koteacher and myself) is the last to know anything about what goes on in the school, so we were under the impression that we had no classes Friday, since the school had organized a field trip to the amusement park in Daegu.  This also meant that I believed Ssam (short for teacher) Heo to be in Daegu.  Friday morning I texted my koteacher (Jeniffer) to let her k...


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Chuseok holiday continued... The Seoul-ful Ambulators

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, October 12, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 



When people come to Korea, there's a 75% chance that Seoul will be the first place they visit (and yes, I completely made that statistic up).  I'm sure you don't need me to explain the reason this may (or may not) be the case, since Seoul is the Capital of South Korea.  When I first arrived in SoKo, I flew into Incheon Airport, which is located to the west of Seoul.  In short, though I was IN Seoul, I saw nothing other than the view granted me from my bus seat window.  My point is, I wanted...


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Chuseok... Korean Thanksgiving

Posted by Ava Larkin on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 



Chuseok is the Korean Thanksgiving, where the Fall harvest is celebrated by women cooking for days on end and the men (and in many cases) sons and daughters get to sit back and relax and chat it up with their schoolmates who are in town from Seoul.  Obviously, I have a beef with this... only because I was raised to help my parents (notice I said PARENTS not mom), not just during the holidays, but whenever there's a need.  So, kids who don't lift a finger during the holidays kind of upst the A...


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Athletic Day… Korean Style

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


This week consisted of almost 4 days of sitting on my bored rear end behind my desk twiddling my thumbs due to preparations for Athletic Day, which two of my schools were participating in.  As you’ve probably gathered by now, Korean school activities involve a great amount of pomp and circumstance, where everything has been given great thought, is well choreographed, and much time and energy has been spent making sure everyone knows what they should be doing and how it should be done.  So, ...


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It's only a typhoon for crying out loud...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

Jordan and I on the bus

So, the week went by without any hitches.  Towards the end of the week, Nina, Jordan, Jonah, and I realized we'd spent every evening together and were also planning on a trip to Daegu over the weekend.  I think it's safe to say, we've all become good friends LOL. 

We celebrated Jordan's birthday in style with lots of drinking on his Korean birth day, a cake from the Paris Baguette, and another round of dinner and beverages on his American birth day :P.  Besides th...


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Running the Ramyun off...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Sunday, August 26, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

Cool rusted bicycle I saw while jogging through the alleys

It's weird... when I lived in the states I could barely get up before 10 am and wouldn't go to bed until 3-4 am, but now I find I'm comfortable getting up around 6 and going to bed before midnight.  Because of this I decided to start jogging in the morning.  Which turned into jogging last night, too and going to the park for the first time.  BTW... the weather decided to brighten up here and it's been sunny all weekend and at night the...

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Friday morning blues....

Posted by Ava Larkin on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 


Another rainy day in Yongmoon


Yesterday (Friday) went a lot better.  Although, it started out poorly. I spent so much time working on a lesson for the kids only for my Ko-teacher to tell me it was wrong, which made me really frustrated and left me feeling inadequate.  Which is silly, right?  How many American teachers come here actually knowing enough Korean to get by?  I didn't go to school for it, so I shouldn't be so hard on myself for not understanding everything the ...


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선생 어디 이세요?

Posted by Ava Larkin on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 


Yecheon... the corner of where I wait for my Ko-Teacher to pick me up


My students’ favorite questions this week were… (BTW, if you’ve watched the Korean Drama BIG , then you may get the Ava Teacher reference my students are using). 

  • Ava teacher, where are you from?
  • Ava teacher, do you like KPop?  Who’s your favorite singer in Girl’s Generation?
  • Ava teacher, who’s your favorite actor?
  • Ava teacher, do you have a boyfriend?
  • Ava teacher, how did you learn to speak Korean?

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First day on the job...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

Heur had me meet him in front of the Tae Kwon Do school in the morning.  From there we headed to Yongmoon Elementary via a beautiful, long and winding road through the Yecheon countryside.  There were farms with fruit and rice to one side and the other traced the outskirts of the Nakdonggang River.  The road meanders gracefully through the small towns and as we passed the sloping foothills of the mountains I could see ancient pagodas, Buddah, and historic markers peaking out among the foliage...


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Getting to Korea...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 



Sunday morning around 4:30 saw me crawling into the truck with mom and dad.  I was so happy that both of them took me to the airport, but cried like a complete dork when kissing them goodbye.  The plane trip went smoothly, until I got to Korea and found out my bags were still in NYC.  Thankfully, my bags will be delivered to my school tomorrow morning. 



Monday night I arrived to Incheon Airport in Seoul and the hostel my agency had booked turned out to be pretty great!  It was right ne...

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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/