Sunday, April 09, 2006
Enough is Enough
Pictured at left is the Watos, apparently the commode brand of choice in Korea. The Watos and I became quite familiar last weekend during the spring teacher's retreat, as I relived a dinner course of lasanga in a series of installments. The next day the nausea had subsided completely and the (very, very bad symptom starting with d) had almost completely, but I still felt an overwhelming malaise, and a soreness which afflicted most of my body. Had it not been a long weekend in which classes were not taught, I would've been too sick to teach that day.
I've encountered four significant illnesses since coming to SK, two of which caused me to miss class (the other two hit me on weekends). This latest episode was kind of the last straw. I have enjoyed certain things about my time here, like good friends such as (clockwise from top right) Vaughan, Tatianna and Emmy, I need a dose of America now. I really can't wait. So, despite there being four months left on my contract, the Academic Office has been kind enough to grant me a term off. In May-June I will be home for two months, then I will return to Korea to fulfill my obligations to the SDA language institute. I've given up my spot on a mission trip to the Philippines scheduled for late April because, frankly, traveling seems kind of austere right now. The only expeditions I want to take are to Wendy's, McDonalds, and too a lesser extent, Taco Bell. Give me two months and this will pass, I'll be ready to travel abroad some more. But for now, I'm feeling a serious case of culinary nationalism.
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