Ever since living in Korea, I have become extremely lax about my faith, more specifically, about going to church. It’s incredibly difficult finding English masses, and those that do exist take place at inconvenient times. There is a Catholic Church only a few subway stops from here, but their mass starts at 2pm on Sunday afternoon; negatory. Myeongdong’s Cathedral offers a mass for foreigners at 9 am Sunday mornings; seeing as my travel time (one-way) is about 1 hour and 15 minutes, including the walk from the subway station to the cathedral, this is not an option, either. There is no way that I am getting out of bed at 6:30 am on a weekend.
So, I found myself not going to church on what is supposed to be the most important day of the year for Catholics: Easter. Whoops. I alleviated my guilt by indulging in a delicious brunch at Suji’s in Itaewon, and G and I explored Samcheongdong gil afterwards. Samcheongdong gil was described as a beautiful walking street; it did not let us down. Despite how often G and I are in Insadong, we somehow never crossed the street and stumbled onto the Samcheongdong gil. The tree-lined street’s charm (a plethora of coffee shops, trendy boutiques, and restaurants) was overwhelming; I can’t wait to return. Easter concluded with homemade pizza and egg dying, thanks to a timely care package from my amazing family back home. I hadn’t even noticed that Lucky Mart only carries brown chicken eggs until I began searching for white, dye-able eggs. My search turned up these results: 6-packs of brown eggs, 10-packs of brown eggs, value sized packages of brown eggs, organic brown eggs, and quail eggs. As a result, my Easter eggs are significantly browner in hue than they would be back home. I experimented with one, submerging it in the yellow, pink, blue, and green dye; big surprise, it ended up brown. Almost the exact shade it started out as.
This week has been incredibly stressful; we are playing “hospital” this Friday, so I have been a drill sergeant these past few days, forcing a nurse/patient/doctor dialogue down my Pooh Bears’ throats. On top of it all, we are super behind in Rainbow Bridge (the curriculum we use) thanks to a birthday party, morning assemblies, and a field trip, so I’ve been scrambling to complete my pages. My plan for tomorrow (Thursday): administer and grade the Pooh’s and Polar’s session test (which means one-on-one speaking tests for me), put name stickers and homework checklists on about 100 books, write 25 preschool report cards, handwrite 50 Children’s Day cards (Children’s Day is May 5th, and we have to send home personalized greeting cards), and fill out my elementary school score sheets. Oh, and clean my desk, which has turned into a toxic waste dump. Thursday is my easy day. Luckily we have a break coming up next week; we get May 5th and 6th off, so G and I get a 4-day weekend! So far, we are planning on exploring the east coast of Korea: Sokcho and Seuraksan National Park. I’m looking forward to being able to breathe.