Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy (Lunar) New Year!

Hello everyone!

Finally having a few days of much needed nothing time, I also have managed to carve some time into my day to write a little message to all you folks back at home. My extra busy month is almost over, and I can't wait. Today is Monday and there is no school because of the Lunar New Year here (we call it Chinese New Year at home) and I'm loving having a four day weekend. The Lunar New Year is a big deal here, so just about everything is closed, and I have done absolutely nothing except go out for a quick breakfast at one of the few places that is open all day... ahhh, rest! It is wonderful!

The past week flew by without much incident. I'm really getting into the swing of things right now at school, and am not really feeling like the new teacher any more which is very nice. There are also two new teachers since me which really helps. One arrive just about six weeks ago, and the other last week. We are now down to two Newfoundlanders in the office unfortunately... a sad tale, but it will do. :) Fortunately both of the new girls are really nice, and I think they've been adding to the office dynamic wonderfully.

The New Year's celebrations have been pretty nondescript. I was invited to the house of an older Korean couple I know on Saturday and had traditional Korean rice cake and dumpling soup which was actually much more delicious than it sounds. Yesterday, I mostly did nothing and today was more of the same. I was in the mood to go exploring today, but everything was closed because of the holiday. Tomorrow promises to be a bit more interesting on that front, which I am very much looking forward to. Hopefully the weather will be as nice as it was today. Even though it continues to be frigidly cold here in Seoul it is plain to see that slowly but surely winter is lifting. The days are just a little bit longer, its seems to be just that little bit warmer from time to time. I can't wait until the spring time, and the cherry blossoms!

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