Well, it’s that time of year when Korea celebrates its three-day Thanksgiving holiday, Chuseok. The date of the event is tied to the lunar calendar, so the specific date changes every year. This year it begins on Wednesday and runs through Friday. So, with the weekend immediately following, we’re lucky enough to get a break of five days. Unfortunately, we have to make up all the classes at a later date.
The weather forecast is predicting very nice weather for the rest of the week, so I’m looking forward to getting out and about without having to suffer the very high humidity we’ve endured since July. Looks like a good time for bicycle riding and/or hiking. More later.
The fall semester began at the university yesterday, so it’s crunch time. All of the English teachers are busy making lesson plans, meeting the fresh crop of students in our classes and getting used to the hustle and bustle around campus, but especially in our dormitory apartments.
It’s been peaceful and quiet at the dorm for about the past eleven weeks, since the only ones staying here during the summer break are the teachers, about 10 of us all together. But, now, all the dorm rooms are full again, so the noise level has gone up. So far, it isn’t too bad, but it seems that as the semester progresses, the students tend to stay up later and later at night, sometimes creating a bit of commotion into the wee hours. It usually doesn’t bother me, but I’m a light sleeper and sometimes I can hear them thumping around in the rooms above me at 2 or 3 in the morning. Nothing new, though; it happens every semester.
I’ve got the same work load and same classes I taught in the spring semester. I’ve got three freshman English classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and three special English classes from Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 9:20 at night. It keeps me busy. Not much time to play Lord of the Rings Online, but I’ll manage to squeeze in a few hours here and there. More later.