365 Days. 52 Weeks. 12 months. 1 year… in Korea.

Wednesday September 5th

Wellll…it turns out I didn’t have to say good-bye to my kiddos. Back at Gyedong for my last month in Korea. My director called me this past Saturday asking me to go back to my original school. My former co-teacher is no longer with me, and now I have a new co-teacher, Hannah. It was weird not having Ally there. Recap of the day: millions of hugs and shrieks, and surprised looks, “MEGAN-TEACHER IS BACK!” Almost started crying. The best. No books. No crayons. No paper. No worksheets. All I’ve got- 2 board markers, a white board, and an eraser. Apparently that’s all you need to keep kids entertained and attentive for 50 minutes. My kids were amazing- they listened, they were quiet when I asked, they participated, they spoke English…ahhh it was so cool to still have their respect and attentiveness. 🙂

I was thinking that if this had happened to me 365 days ago I would’ve had a complete meltdown. It was so cool to be able to stand with confidence in front of all my kids without my co-teacher’s help and have each and every focus. Wow. I did it. 361 days later…I’m alive. Goal accomplished. Amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QFXztDsy70:  “Feels so Good”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foZLo_sSnkk: “Simply Amazing!”

Sunday September 9th
my official anniversary date of arriving on Korean soil…

I did it. 365 days. 52 weeks. 12 months. 1 year. In Korea. Thoughts of saving money for other life adventures by boarding that plane destined for Asia…South Korea (ummm where exactly is that??? yes, I did have to look on a map once I confirmed this decision…leave it to me to pick a place and not even know the geographic location…at least I got the continent right!) A year later… reflections, tears, smiles, laughter, skype dates home, and a million memories made with new friends in this country I now call a home, I know I made the best decision I could have ever made in my 25 years of living…and I’m almost 30 and they say the best years are still to come? What can I say, Life is amazingly good and indescribable at times. Blessed beyond measure and full of gratitude for the love and support from so many people- you know who you are!!!

A bit of de ja vu  this morning as when I arrived to Korea it was raining…I remember being so thankful I had brought my umbrella…and as I look out my window it’s still raining.

Today I met up with a few friends- did nails, drank coffee, dyed hair, then went to a jimjilbang. Afterwards went out for pork bbq and…they surprised me with a cake!!! It was so sweet of them!!! I’m so lucky to have met such wonderful people who have become like family to me.

Blogging throughout this year has been a lot of fun; I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed sharing my stories, thoughts, and pictures. I also hope you stay tuned as I wind up my contract ending on September 28th and as I prepare for my next adventure.

Love love love,

Monday September 10th

Received an email today stating I would be going to 3 schools this week. Gyedong. Goobong. and Bugok.  Week…Ready…Go!

Wednesday September 12th

Yesterday I missed the bus going to Gimhae. It was my own fault I couldn’t decide what to wear then at the last minute put a barrette in my hair. Now that I was already behind I just grabbed a coffee because it was that awkward “I’m going to be super late if I wait for the bus and ride it or be super early if I take a taxi,” time. Sooo the taxi won out.

Today most of my kids were absent because they were on a school picnic. The ones that did show we just played games.

My lovely Cafe Muse lady took me to dinner to this delicious pork bbq restaurant I hadn’t ever been to before…it was so sweet of her. She told me she wishes we could have gone to dinner and hung out more this past year. She told me that I was one of her first customers when she opened shop last year…and time goes so fast! We have struck up a special friendship and I hope we don’t lose touch.

one year ago pictures…September 2011:

I ran out to greet the FedEx man
when he brought me the package with my Visa!

right before I left for Omaha…

my first picture of outside my apartment

first images of Korea

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