First, I’ve posted some photos at the bottom of the previous entry, showing some of the flood waters from the Mekong in Laos and Thailand. Scroll down to take a look.
Yes, I’m finally here in Yeosu and getting settled in, which is the main reason I haven’t made a post lately. I haven’t taken any photos yet, but I’ll get some up as soon as I can.
Yeosu is very beautiful, but the campus here at Chonnam National University is even more so. It’s built high upon a hill, so getting here from the bottom of the main road is quite a hike (195 steep steps up–I counted ’em). The dormitory where I live is down the other side of the hill, so getting to classes is also a hike up, but not as far. The small campus is covered with trees and vegetation, and I woke up the other morning with wind whispering through the pine trees just outside my cozy (cozy = very small) apartment.
I haven’t really gotten out to explore the area that much, but I plan to do so on Sunday morning, when the traffic is lighter. I’m not that used to riding a motorbike, so I want to take it out when it’s a bit safer, though Yeosu is small enough that traffic doesn’t seem to be a big problem.
Classes begin on Monday, so my schedule is going to be very busy again. I have 18 hours of university classes and 8 hours of “other” classes each week (that means 6 hours overtime/week). The “other” classes are for City Hall employees learning English for the 2012 Expo and for advanced level classes for the community in general. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are my busy days, with Tuesday and Thursday being easier ones (M,W,F = 7 or 9 hours/day and T,Th = 2.5 hours/day). Everyone here has been extremely friendly and helpful, and I think my time here will be enjoyable and productive.
Right now, though, Saturday at 9 a.m., I’m going to hike up to my office and work on lessons for the upcoming week. I’ll get some more posted as soon as I can.