The ROK-y Road

Chuseok (and a headboard)

Chuseok (and a headboard)

We just finished a 5-day weekend for the Chuseok holiday. Chuseok is most comparable to Thanksgiving – it’s a major travel holiday as everyone makes their way to their parents and grandparents. Lots and lots of food is prepared and families generally enjoy each others’ presence for a few days. But the comparisons stop there. Unlike Thanksgiving, Chuseok is the biggest and most important holiday…

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Hong Kong Part 3/3: Monkeys and Buddha

Hong Kong Part 3/3: Monkeys and Buddha

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Part One: Travel is Glamorous Only in Retrospect

Part Two: The Peak, Temple and Skyline

Monday:

Monday was my birthday. We couldn’t decide what to do. That was three days in a row that any plan we had was thrown out because it was going to be miserably busy. We finally decided to take the MTR (the subway- rather than the ferry) to the Dingleberry and try to find an H&M store as well as maybe…

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Part 2/3: The Peak, Temple, and Skyline

Part 2/3: The Peak, Temple, and Skyline

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Day Two

The weather was sunny and beautiful when we woke up. We had heard of so many ruined views and sights because of fog and smog so we figured we should take advantage of the sunny weather. Victoria Peak has perhaps better views than the skyline so we decided to go there.

Us and pretty much everyone else.

We actually had to join a queue just to cross the street. From there it was lines and…

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Travel is only Glamerous in Retrospect

Travel is only Glamerous in Retrospect

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This is my favorite quote about travel. Because it’s so true. Even if you have a really enjoyable trip, you will always look back on it more fondly – leaving out mishaps, hiccups and anything else that caused annoyances.

For the Hong Kong trip, we spent a lot of time wondering “are we having any fun yet?” while we were there. But now that we’re home (retrospect) we think: “yeah, that was pretty…

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Typhoons

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Coming from SW Colorado, we’re extremely landlocked.  So when we first heard “typhoon” we were, understandably confused. For one, we don’t use the word “typhoon” in America. And two, we have never experienced anything like it (no hurricanes).

A few weeks ago there was “Super Typhoon Neoguri” that was supposed to absolutely wreck Japan. Korea was supposed to get some flooding in the south (the…

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Oh how I scoffed

I thought my students wouldn’t be able to handle paracord bracelets but they did amazing. I only said the directions ONCE with the intention of going over it over and over again with the ppt. Holy crap. I’m sure friends were helping friends… but they’re prodigies  if they can tie a paracord bracelet the first time. “Easier than dream catchers” they said. 

End of the Semester and Summer Camp

End of the Semester and Summer Camp

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First, here’s a picture of some dark clouds. It’s monsoon season…ish. Also there’s quite a bit of typhoons (aka hurricanes) raging around us. So we’ve gotten some rain. One morning was the hardest rain I’ve ever been in. The Coloradan in me was like “oh, it will stop in a few minutes. 10 minutes tops” but we got more and more soaked on the 15 minute walk to school and 40 minutes later it was…

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Making 20 of these tomorrow with my middle school 1st graders for summer camp. An insane idea.
Their English is high enough to understand directions (an awesome way to reinforce prepositions) bbuuuttt I’m worried that the project itself may be too hard. They struggled a bit with making dream catchers. Too late now.  Even if it takes the whole day I think we can all figure it out. 

Making 20 of these tomorrow with my middle school 1st graders for summer camp. An insane idea.

Their English is high enough to understand directions (an awesome way to reinforce prepositions) bbuuuttt I’m worried that the project itself may be too hard. They struggled a bit with making dream catchers. Too late now.  Even if it takes the whole day I think we can all figure it out.