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Sports Day and the Nore-Bang…

Sports day finally came – the kids did their dances, ran their races, and hoolad their hoops. It was kind of amazing. But I’ll leave the details of that post to Kate on another day… We have a TON of pictures from the day so they’ll all be up soon too :) – Just wait, it was great. I’m writing about… what happened after Sports day….Teacher Kim (our pseudo-co-teacher Loves Nore-bang!)

After Sports day All of the teachers and staff went out for a traditional Korean Meal. We ate lots of Samgyupsal (삼겹살) and had a great time. The meal is basically strips of pork that are grilled at the table with a few veggies, then wrapped in lettuce with a spicy pepper sauce, radishes, and other veggies. It’s very interactive and communal – like most other Korean food. Kate and I are veterans to this meal as we had it the first night we were in Samcheok. Many of you know that alcohol is a huge part of the Korean dinning experience and their general culture. In small doses this can be kind of fun and freeing. People who never even make eye contact with you normally are “empowered” and want to say every English work they know for you. As this was our first full gathering of the school since we arrived we were treated like the guests of honor and asked many questions about everything from the states to what we call noisy children. :o) I sat across from the principle which was very intimidating as he is known for being “the best with Soju”. Soju is a drink, a lot like vodka, but not quite as strong (but just a gross). So you can understand how sitting here made me weary. The tradition is that you never pour your own drink; someone hands you their glass and you take it – they pour soju into the cup and you drink it. Visa versa… in other words everyone uses everyone’s glass and it’s very jolly and scary. It’s not polite to refuse so you learn (quickly) to say just a little, and thank you quickly as they pour. Then pour it into the other glass you have and sip slowly… That’s my strategy at least. This is only important to understand how the next part of the post happens so naturally. But enough about that… (Hi grandma :o)

We ate and were merry, then decided to go to Nore-bang. (I’m leaving out a pretty important part about a shift in dynamic between the men and women that Kate and I were pretty happy with, but I’ll leave that also for her to explain.) So Nore-Bang… literally “Singing Room” – aka Korean Karaoke, only in a smaller room with just the people you are with… not a bunch of strangers. For those of you from IU – Think Japonai. So imagine what Kate and I were expecting – from our experiences with karaoke in the states… awkward fun. …. no……..

This is Nore-Bang. Even Kate sang!! Everyone gets into it…

Crazyness!! Everyone just loves it… even our really quiet reserved Vice Principle.

Anyways… that was our Tuesday night last week. :)
We spent the rest of the week planning lessons for next week (our first week of teaching) and we spent this past weekend hiking in Taebaek with our friends Michael and Melanie for Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). More on that later. Friday we’re having a Grilled Cheese party.. :) It’s the little things like cheese that you’d never think you’d miss so much….

-Adios Muchachos! (I also miss mexican food…)


1 Marty { 09.17.08 at 9:34 am }

OK Kate, you never do karaoke. When we suggest that you do, you nearly bite people. When you get back the first thing you are doing is karaoke-ing. Chad, as always, you love the Nore-Bang, doncha?

2 annesart { 09.19.08 at 11:56 am }

Made my day…so fun to see and read about this interesting new life you guys are leading! Kate you are a natural with the karaoke!