Sunday, July 24, 2011

keeping it weekly...

Last week was pretty uneventful. The sun was out, which was nice, but Intensives started, so we had to be at work at 11 on Thursday and Friday. Not to mention, it was my first week of actually teaching, so that was a little stressful. My classes are okay. I'm teaching sliiiightly older kids now and I miss the little ones that I taught last year, but overall, things are good. As the new teacher, I have a lot of down time, which gets pretty tedious. I'm sure in the future when I have a full schedule, I'll be dreaming of these days, though. Better enjoy them while they last!

Last week was sunny, as I mentioned, but that kind of went away on Saturday and we're back to jangma, the rainy season stuff. To combat this, Justin and I (finally) went to see Harry Potter on Saturday. Wahoo! I love going to movies, especially when it's HP.

Here we are, in anticipation of the final movie... (sad!)

Sunday was cooking day! We made the best batch of hummus YET, thanks to Justin's idea of putting the garlic in with the roasting sesame seeds for the tahini. Deeelicious. Then, for dinner we made black bean burgers. It was a super easy recipe:

1/2 onion, diced
1 can black beans, well drained
1/2 cup flour (we didn't really use any, though)
2 slices bread, crumbled (we used hamburger buns)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp seasoned salt
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying

1. Sautee onions until soft, 3-5 minutes
2. In large bowl, mash beans until smooth. Add sauteed onions and the rest of the ingredients, except oil, adding flour a few tbsps at a time to combine. (Like I said, I barely put in any flour and the mixture stuck together quite well)
3. Form bean mixture into patties, approx. 1/2 inch thick and fry in a small amount of oil until slightly firm.

That's it! Put your favorite burger toppings on and enjoy! The best part of it all was that we found hamburger buns at HomePlus.

Justin enjoyed his with a double dose of cheese. I forgot to take a picture while I was eating mine, but luckily he had a 2nd I could snap these two photos with my ipod.

Aaand, that was the weekend. Pretty lazy, but I know I was tired after the long week. This week is only 4 days, as we have Fri-Tues off for a summer holiday. Busan, here we coooooooome!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

KOREA Round Two

Hello. I'm back.

Back in Korea. Back at work. Back to being referred to as "Katrina Teacher." Back to the sweltering heat/humidity (and a little rainy season, too). Back to a one room apartment.

This time around, I know my surroundings. I pretty much know what to expect. So, things are going well. There were a few bobbles with the new employers (much less organized than last year's people)...but I started teaching on Monday and I feel pretty good about things. We begin the "intensive" schedule this Thursday, so I'll be in at 11:30 and out at 8:30. Not too bad. That will last for a month.

Next Friday starts a mini vacation. We are off Friday-Tuesday. So, Justin and I are heading down to Busan, which is a city that still remains on my Korea To-Do list. I'm excited to see the beaches and all that Busan can provide.

Last weekend, I met up with a few old coworkers. It was Alex's birthday, so Carolyn and Courtney were there to celebrate, too. How WONDERFUL it was to see familiar faces. We laughed a lot. Alex played pool and celebrated his birthday while the ladies chatted about life, etc. I hope to see those folks a lot more before they all leave the country.

On Sunday, Justin and I ventured to Seoul to check out Seodaemun Prison. The prison was where many resistors of the Japanese occupation (early 1900's-1945) were taken, tortured, and made to work. Pretty sad history, but very interesting and informative.

Here are a select few pictures. The Seodaemun pics were taken with my iPod, so please excuse the poooor quality (we forgot a real camera).

First of all, I was SUPER happy to see THIS guy, when I arrived in Korea (also an iPod pic):

 I was also SUPER excited to see these ladies and this other guy:

I even found myself missing my old job.......but then realized it was mostly because of these individuals----I mean, really? Don't we look like we have fun?

A more sobering day on Sunday...but still a lot of fun!

 Pictures/ID info of Prisoners lined one room as a memorial.

 The box was lined with spikes.

Grounds of the prison. Some buildings were moved to another location later. 
I shouldn't be smiling.....

Cell door. The people were packed so tightly that sometimes there wasn't 
room for all to sleep on the floor laying down.
 Prisoners manufactured bricks and other items. This symbol is still on many of the bricks laid on the grounds. It shows they were made at Seodaemun.

Just a silly picture of me coming out of a fun little book 
nook we found after leaving the Prison.


I was starving, so we went to Itaewon for falafel. Deeelicious.

Hummus! So happy!

It's Wednesday and I'm ready for another weekend---so let's hope the next few days go by quickly! It feels great to be back and I'm sure the next year will be full of adventures.........stay tuned. :)