Monday, September 30, 2013

School snapshots

Here are some snapshots from my school....some things I see on a typical day.

You will see these in buildings all around Korea, and I love them.  The blue is for cold water (and it is usually ice cold), and the red is for hot water.  We have one on the 3rd floor of my school, which is where my classroom and office is.  I use this several times a day.

I'm picky about my water.  I like it ice cold.  I had been using a plain old water bottle, but my water wasn't staying cold.  So...I bought this nifty little thing for about 20,000 won ($20) at eMart, and it was the best $20 I've ever spent.  I love it!  It keeps it cold for hours, and that makes me happy.

This poster displays all the equipment that blind students use.  At least I think that's what it is...

The stairs obviously... If you look closely, you will see the yellow lego-looking floor tiles in front of the first stair.  They are all around my school to signal the people with blindness.  You will see them at the bottom of stairs, heading outside, heading inside, etc.

The boy on the left is blind, and the boy on the right is leading him and helping him down the stairs.  Interesting tidbit...the boy on the right is also the one that gave me such a hard time in class a couple of weeks ago.  He thinks he should be the class clown and very loud.  So it was pretty cool to see a different side to him.  Students and teachers are always helping each other out here.  That's one of the reasons I like this school.



Heading to the cafeteria for lunch

The hand rails leading into the cafeteria

This is a typical lunch, but it's not in same ways.  Let me explain.  On the top right, there is kimchi.  We have a form of kimchi every single day.  It's supposed to be one of the top 3 probiotics, but I just can't seem to like it.  I guess I need to keep trying.  I've heard different stories where it took 6 months to a year for people to like kimchi.  We shall see.  There is always soup.  There might be noodles in the soup, bean sprouts, fish, etc.  There is always rice.  The reason why today's lunch is different is because we had bibimbap today, which is an all-in-one kind of dish with bean sprouts, vegetables, rice and meat.  Bibimbap literally means mixed rice.  Bibimbap is one of the few Korean dishes that I have found I like.

If you want to read more about bibimbap, here is a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibimbap

You mix it all together, add the red pepper paste for a little kick, and then dig in.  This is one of the dishes where you get to use your spoon and not look like a fool....you use chopsticks to eat everything else.

You eat chopsticks to eat your apple!

This is where we take our trays after we're done.  We combine all the food into the soup bowl and put our utensils in the red bowl.

Heading back to the main building with all the classrooms

The 3rd floor hallway (where my classroom is)

Looking outside the windows from the 3rd floor

Koreans LOVE clean teeth.  So everyone (teachers and students) brings their toothbrush and toothpaste to school (we just keep an extra one at school), and everyone brushes their teeth after lunch.  I quite like this tradition.  I wouldn't mind doing this when I get back to the states.

I am: sitting at my school desk with the windows open
I feel: tired after our Costco run last night and training
I hear: birds chirping outside my window
I love: finding a new artist I love - I just recently discovered Madilyn Bailey

Madilyn Bailey does acoustic cover songs, and she is fabulous.  Check out one of my favorites:
Is she not awesome?

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