something rather strange happened to me last night ... do not fret, nothing bad or anything of the sort. I was getting dinner before my taekwondo class and I ordered a dish of pork-cutlet and of course they give you silverware to eat this: a fork and a knife. As I began to cut into this delicious and juicy meal I realized how hard it was to eat with a fork and knife. I know it sounds dumb to some extent ... then it occurred to me that I hadn't used a fork in six months. I had been eating only with chop sticks and spoons. So on some level and in some way my hand has learned and developed muscles that are accustomed to using chop sticks. All that being said, I found it much easier to use the choppys rather than the fork. The fork would slightly cut into my finger and it hurt a bit. So I cut up the pork and picked up my sticks and proceeded to enjoy the meal. I had to laugh a little inwardly as I was mildly in shock of this new revelation of my cultural experience. Will I ever go back to using the stabbing way of eating with forks? Probably one day ... but for a while I'll choose the extension of my fingers to eat my food as it seems easier and to me now.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
so ... I've been here six months ... and only recently did I find out that I should NOT be drinking the tap water! ahhhhhhhh!
All is well though ... do not fret ... I haven't gotten sick other than the normal common cold that I picked up from one of my kids coughing in my face or wiping their noses on me or something to that effect. This simply sheds light on my seemingly unfailing daftness. I seriously have to laugh at myself and at my Korean friends who are telling me this: half yelling-half laughing I said, "why didn't anyone tell me this when I arrived here 6 months ago?!?!" But alas, I digress ... don't worry, nothing serious has befell my youthful and sculpted frame. In fact I think I'm a bit more fit and healthy, riding my bike everyday and eating all kinds of ocean life and veggies ... can't go wrong with that.
this is a funny picture I took while visiting some islands in Thailand ... this is my friend Chris, I don't know if it was cold or he stepped on something, it just looks as if he's in water and doesn't really want to be.
I have no work for 5 days ... which is a gift from God. It's the Lunar New Year so perhaps I'll howl at the moon ... cheers for random holidays!
Posted by John Mitchell at 8:53 PM
Monday, February 4, 2008
so I am at the six months mark in my journey here in Korea. what have I learned ... what have I forgotten and must soon re-learn? well ... the basics in life I'm sure.
all is well. work is good ... I rather enjoy teaching ... teaching English is good, but I really like teaching the kids more random things, like an idea to aide them in learning will come into my mind and it will end up being the most enjoyable thing we did that day. I love days like that, they are moments that truly cannot be replaced. back to the topic at hand ... what have I learned ...
I miss my home / I miss my family / I miss my friends / I love the new sights / I love learning the new culture, I truly cannot get enough of it / learning language is hard but it's enjoyable and most people who speak what you are learning are patient and so it works out almost every time I attempt to speak this Asian tongue and screw things up / I still have a strange back-of-my-mind desire to get a motorcycle / I really enjoy learning martial arts more so than what I did for all those years in the gym lugging weights around / I like that I can still talk to my friends and family over the internet or phone call, it makes me feel less far away / I like the food / I like how I came to teach little ones but they are teaching me more than I could ever teach them / I hate that I've missed out on my nephew's first few months of life / I hate that I have to miss the weddings of friends and families / I hate February / I enjoy cold weather - not a surprise! / I like that I don't have or need a car / I like that I can speak 3 languages, one well and the other two sparingly but still I can speak and function ... somewhat (english, spanish, korean) / I like that I make six figures in Won / I like being an outsider / I don't like being an outsider / I hate culture-shock / I like that I've realized how much I love and miss my family, I had to come to the other side of earth to realize that: I would like to say that proves the pure stubbornness of anyone with the last name Mitchell / and ... I'm sure there's more! but another time!
Posted by John Mitchell at 4:50 AM
Sunday, February 3, 2008
so I realized just how adjusted to the colder weather I am when I work up and check the weather and see that the hi today will be in the upper 30s ... oh, that's not bad at all, in fact that's kind of mild ... what ... has ... happened ... to ... me ... I still fully don't know ... but it's in the 30s and 20s most of the time, sometimes less ... and it's really not that bad. I think perhaps it's easier to adjust to the cold, you put on warm clothes but the heat, you are always hot, no matter how little clothing you wear, unless you are in cool water of course. At any rate, I found this interesting ... my left foot is larger than my right ... I'm finding out all this stuff about my limbs this year, my arms, now my feet ... perhaps next I'll find out I have super human strength ... oh wait, I already knew that one.
hope this finds you well!
Posted by John Mitchell at 12:29 AM