Monday, September 18, 2006

Field Trip

View Of Seoul From The Mountain
Last week we took the kindergarten kids to a National Park just outside of Seoul. There was hiking and a picnic afterwards. The kids' parents packed us all lunches too! Thomas and I had sushi, fresh grapes and pineapple. One parent even packed us beer to drink! That tells you how relaxed Koreans are about drinking. The Korean liquor, Soju, is sold in all convenience stores. We even saw it in juice box style boxes being sold outside the baseball game on Saturday. It's starting to cool down here, feels like Fall!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Baseball Game!

This Saturday we went to the Doosan Bears and Kia Tigers game. We had some KFC wings and french fries and cheered the Tigers on to a 6 to 2 victory! There was actually a homerun where the ball came close to where we were sitting, so when we got home the game was on tv and we tried to see ourselves...and we did! But only for about 1 second! The fans were really into the game and were fun to watch. We had a great time and look forward to going back another time.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Having fun...


K2, originally uploaded by LeslieECU.

If you click on the picture, it will take you to the latest set so you can see Thomas with some of his kids along with some pics from this past weekend.

The above photo was taken today during the kid's playtime at their indoor playground at the school. It has 2 different levels and the bottom has the balls you jump in, so they call the whole thing "Ballpool". They love it!

New news...we got the Slingbox to work!!! Woo Hoo! We can officially watch local Charlotte cable television on Thomas's PC laptop. He's super pumped because now he can watch the Panthers play and get college basketball games. I'm excited about Project Runway! We also can't wait until The Office starts back up.

We also got the webcam up and running with Skype, so if you have it or AIM, you can see us now. I was able to give my mom and dad a virtual tour of the apartment. That was pretty fun. We were laughing.

Tomorrow we take the kids on a fieldtrip so we'll let you know how that goes!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Week 2 in Korea!

Our School!

Last week flew by! We're finally beginning to get the swing of things at school...we'll have smooth days soon hopefully! We finally went grocery shopping last week and got some food for the apartment. We actually got frozen corn dogs and Heinzketchup! Thomas's friend Kristen who taught at the school we're at last year had a coffee maker, so we got it from the girl who took her apartment. So we got some coffee for the mornings!

At the school there is an above-ground swimming pool on the roof of the building, so once a week during the summer the kindergarten and preschool kids get to go swimming. And the teachers swim with them! Since Thomas and I have K1 and K2, we have swim time together. Here are some pics of our fun time.

Billy and Tony from Leslie's K2 Class


Leslie's K2 Class


GKI School's Pool


Thomas Playing with Kids at the Pool


Friday night we went out for some appetizers with our friend Shawn from school. He's sort of our boss, but he's our age. We get along with him well and like hanging out with him because we have similar personalities. We also hung out with Shawn on Sunday and went to an area of Seoul called Insadong. It's been designated a "Cultural City" because of the many shops carrying traditional Korean crafts, art museums and antiques. It's also an area with lots of foreigners so there were lots more signs in English along with more western style restaurants. We had a great time! It was also our first time doing the subway thing by ourselves so that was an adventure in itself. The Insadong station is the biggest and most complex one in Seoul because it's also a transfer station with 3 subway lines. We did it though! No problems! I can't wait to go back there, lots of great shopping! Hello Christmas presents and gifts to send home. :)

Insadong


Thomas and Shawn


Leslie and Thomas in Insadong


There are lots more pictures in Insadong, just look in our Flickr Photos.

We also finally got our wardrobes or closets as they say here, so we're officially moved in all the way!! Woo Hoo! Here are some pics of our apt, but check out the Flickr set for all of them.











For those who are curious about our bathroom, there is a drain in the middle of the floor. Needless to say, when we shower...everything gets wet...the sink, the washer, the toilet, half the mirror. It's ok though, by the time we get home at night it's all dry! Oh, and the washer drains into the floor too.

We're still liking it here a lot and enjoying our weekends to explore this massive city. Thanks for your prayers and for keeping up with us while we're gone. We miss you and love you all so much and can tell by the smooth transition that we're being lifted up by some powerful prayer warriors. Tell Ms. Sexton we say hello!!

Leslie