|Holy water, unholy bacteria.|
After we got back from the amazing excursion two weekends ago, it was time to hit the books. We had two weeks left until finals and a week and a half until the dreaded Oral Proficiency Interview - a half hour phone call that determines how much we have learned. Everyday that week was pretty much the same - class, cafe, study, home, dinner, study, sleep. When class ended on Friday, we were all absolutely exhausted not to mention sick from the unholy water. I ended up going to a cafe and eating dinner with friends before heading home. Even though it was a rather dull Friday, it was great to be able to speak some English. I had only spoken broken English for the past two weeks, and it was time for a break from the Korean.
|I'm adding this to my list of "Korean Practices |
That Would Lead to Major US Lawsuits"
|The beautiful sunset outside our cabin.|
|A bit worse for wear but quite the haul of clams!|
|So much solar!|
|One of the acceptable pictures.|
|The wonderful lady who drug me kicking and |
screaming through the intensity of beginning Korean.
|Graduation performance! Tie and t-shirt, |
probably not my best look...
After a four-hour long graduation on Sunday in which I made a fool of myself running around in a bib and bear ears (possibly one of the reasons I was dubbed the Korean equivalent of "Class Clown"), my host family invited Chae Wu to dinner with us. We ate an incredible meal and toasted the end of a great summer for all of us. Sitting around the table as I introduced my friend/tutor Chae Wu to my Korean host family was a bit surreal. It felt very strange to be introducing another Korean to my Korean family when I am clearly the most foreign guy there. I think my transformation to adopted Korean child is now complete.
Final Thoughts on Korea:
This has been the most incredible summer of my life. Two months ago, I set myself in a host family in a foreign city, knowing nothing about their culture, language, life, etc. and frankly not sure whether or not I would make it through the full program. It was a huge challenge in the beginning, but between the other CLS students, teachers, and host family, I have had some of the craziest, funniest, and most memorable times of my life. It's hard to leave knowing that I may never see some of these people again, but I wouldn't trade the last couple months for anything. It has certainly been quite an adventure.