Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
all in all the break has been a good mixture of many things. i am rested and relaxed.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
we would love to hang out with everyone while we are there.
june 29th--leave for the states & arrive in san francisco--i will stay here for the week and paul will be working.
july 6th-11th--i am in new york city for a teacher workshop on teaching writing
july 11th-15th--paul and i celebrate our first wedding anniversary in new york city
july 15th--we fly back to san francisco
july 16th--i fly to houston :) with paul soon to follow when work is complete
august 5th--we fly back to korea for another exciting year living overseas
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
when i was younger my brother listened to all this crazy 80's music. i remember looking through his tapes and wondering who all these people were that he liked. i remember seeing the police, toto and others i now cannot remember. as i walking through sinchon yesterday i saw this poster and thought of my brother.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
we had no idea what these are, but lots of people were "shelling" them and cleaning them
giant crabs waiting to be bought
medium octopi swimming in their bucket
very large octopi
this guy is trying to put the live octopus in a plastic bag and it was not being cooperative at all
our fish prepared for lunch---raw
fresh raw sting ray....not as good as they thought it would be
our octopi for lunch----cut up, raw, and in sesame oil
vicki eating her bit of octopus
paul enjoying his raw fish
yep! i did it! i ate live octopus!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
check out her mission site---
after arriving back in korea i tried mixing the mix with coffee from my coffee maker, but it was not the same. no matter what combination i tried. so i put the mayan mocha ideas on the shelf for then.
this school year we got a new cafeteria that also has a coffee shop in it. wow! after getting coffees there for a while.....i had an idea. basically the mayan mocha is a latte with this "magic" mix added to it. so one friday morning i put a tablespoon on mix into a container and took it to school. before going down for coffee i put the mix into my starbucks reuseable mug. my insides were twisting and turning with excitement. will it work? down the stairs i went and into the coffee shop. i ordered a lowfat latte and handed the cup over to the sweet lady who works there. she mixed in the shots and then the milk. i paid and walked through the cafeteria. i was nervous........was it going to work? was the mayan mocha going to have a "rebirth" in my little world here in korea? i took a sip and down the hatch it went..............................WOW! it worked. i smiled ear to ear as i made my way back to my classroom that friday morning. it was the happiest moment of the day. i could not believe it. i sipped the coffee and came into my happy place. it was the best moment!
since that inaugural day i have a "mayan mocha" each morning. i take the one tablespoon of mix to school in a container for my cup. usually when my kids go off to the their first special or during first recess, i make my way down to the coffee shop to get my cup of happiness. the lady behind the counter knows me now and we greet and smile at each other. then she makes my drink and i am grinning when complete. it is just a small part of my day that makes me so happy.
mmmmmm..........mayan mochas are my favorite!
we went to tianamen square, wangfujing street (famous for crazy snack foods), the forbidden city, walked around an area called houhai, went chair skating on an iced over pond, attempted to shop with no luch b.c many places were closed, walked on the great wall at mutianyu, took the toboggin sled down from the top of the wall, and ate lots of food at many different places. it was awesome!
foods paul tried---scorpions on a stick, two different meats from an ox, goose tongue, ginger coke (served hot in a teapot) and random meats on a stick.
we both tried candied fruit on a stick--first one was strawberries and the second one was crab apples.
the fireworks in china are crazy loud. if i would not have known i thought we were holidaying in a war torn country. it was scary at times. really scary and loud.
the bed in our hotel was REALLY hard and had occasional bumps from the frame. it was strange.
bejing was under construction in many places in preparation for the olympics. it was also a major holiday too which made many places closed. we had a good time and were able to check off the things we wanted to see on the list.