It’s been a while again since the last post so the usual apologies are in order I’m afraid. Ruth and I have been taking it in turns to be ill, first me with tonsilitis which I then kindly gave to Ruth, then I had some sort of stomach flu which the doctor diagnosed as food poisoning (his professional opinion was determined by poking me in the stomach in several places asking, “Does that hurt?”). Now Ruth has issues with her throat so all in all not a great month for health.
May though, is fast becoming my favourite month. I have had so much time off it’s ridiculous. I’m not complaining of course. Everything here in Korea is last minute, and so for example last night I got a text from my co-teacher telling me there are tests tomorrow so I do not have to teach. Other reasons for no class have been sports days, student health checks, science days, field trips and “It’s my school’s birthday”. Despite English being forced down the students throats it is always the first class to get ditched – sadly this doesn’t hold true for my boys middle school. Shame.
Anyway, we’ve still managed to get out and about so here’s what we’ve been up to…
A couple of weekends ago we went on a good old fashioned hike, although maybe it was a ramble as we ignored any paths and tracks that we found and just ploughed our way through the undergrowth, over rocks and eventually made it to the top of one of the local mountains called Mount Ami (photo below).
We’ve managed a few bike rides too. Ruth didn’t appreciate me taking her on a bike ride up a huge steep hill while she was ill but the view was worth it… in my opinion. Ruth may say otherwise. Now it’s nice and warm, biking in the evenings with our friend Bryan is becoming a real pleasure and we managed to catch a great sunset the other night while skimming stones in the river. There are lots of interesting places to discover right on your doorstep if you are willing explore on the bikes.
Footy seems to have died a death at the moment since I played a tournament on one of the hottest days of the year so far. This “Big tournament, very important” had rules which meant only 3 people in their 20’s were able to play. I turned up late and sat out of most of the first game but came on at left wing and managed to set up a goal. Before lunch the temperature got up and so the next game (where us twenty somethings agreed to take a half each) nearly killed me. I felt like my lungs would explode and played really badly.
Lunch came and the team proceeded to get blind drunk on Soju and beers, then went out to play in the quarter final. Not surprisingly, we lost and so ended our chances to play in the national round of the cup. Great. Since then lots of matches have been cancelled or I haven’t been able to make it (endlessly throwing up etc.) so we’ve been going to the gym… sometimes… which is free here in Sunchang and is quite new.
We’ve also been sticking to a budget (for the 1st time in my life) and have worked out roughly how much we should have by the end of the year. It’s a tidy sum so it definitely makes up for those days that drag.
That’s all for now, as usual I’ll say that it’ll be a shorter time between now and the next post. We’ll see…
Oh, and we have a page on Flickr now where we’ll try to keep our albums of photos updated as much as possible. The link is… http://www.flickr.com/photos/48219311@N02/sets/