Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Address

Here is my address for everyone who was asking for it! :)

A-Class Academy
1099-2 Daelim Plaza Bld. 5F
Sanbon-dong, Gunpo-Si
Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Traveling to Insa-Dong

I haven’t traveled a whole lot. I mean, I could hardly call myself a traveler, but I’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like, and I’m hooked!

I’m convinced that traveling is about newness. Experiencing something for the first time. Whether you’ve been there before or not doesn’t matter. It’s about arriving, looking around and recognizing there’s something here for you! That, well for most people, is exciting! Hence the wanderlust syndrome: craving the adventure and newness of going someplace new, trying something different and loosing yourself in the crowd of locals. It’s in the goog

ling the heck out of a destination, saving pictures of the must see spots, and memorizing just about every guide book possible before you leave, to finally arrive at the coveted location. It’s the the feeling of standing in Red Square, Moscow, Russia looking up at St. Basil’s Cathedral and thinking... where the heck am I and how did i get here?! You think about all the pictures and books and mo

vies that display this place, blink a few times to make sure it’s actually real, and then you buy a postcard that will hardly replicate the emotion you felt to finally see it! To return home not fully convinced that you were actually there!

That, my friends, is what i experienced today. In a small way. I stepped off the subway today in Seoul, Korea, headed to Insa-Dong, and it hit me. I’m in Korea! Doing life, traveling around, and loving

Jesus in Korea! Seeing the places I’ve researched for so long and in a country I’ve been waiting to get to for months. I’m finally here... and I love it!

My hope for this next is to document my Korean adventure with the greater hope of exploring the a amateur shot at journalism(and to provide the folks who love me a creative outlet to keep up).

I am convinced that Christ’s beauty permeates the corners of the earth. And well, I want to see Jesus! Because i am also convinced that seeing Jesus changes everything. Traveling to see him, first in Korea, is the beginning of a great adventure! Not that he, or my pocket promise any future travels, but i am convinced that for one year he has me here for a mighty reason! And i hope that my travels and insights to the beauty of Korea would show you a little bit about the might King i serve... and just how beautiful he has created the world. Fallen, yes. Broken, yes. But beautiful. AH!... so beautiful!

So let me introduce you to Insa-Dong. Adventure #1

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Live Taste Test

Sadly, my initial thoughts were shortly lived. About 5 minutes after chewing it turned to the pasty like substance normal gum turns after chewing it for hours. And it had no flavor. boo...
Conclusion: Chewable upon necessity, however not preferred over the gummy awesomeness of Stride, 5, Orbit, and their tasty brothers.

Monday, January 18, 2010

First Few Days at A-Class

Hello there friends!
First week of work and i'm sitting in the office on my first break! Breaks are nice. I'm sure once i have classes i will not be using this time to write a blog, but for now... i'll use the time i have! Communicating with everyone back home is quite the task, and im trying to figure out how to do it best. I think this blog will work out nice for the details/pictures (which i'll post soon!) !! :)

Let's see. Yesterday was my first day at work and it was GREAT! Met Sione, my principal, and he is wonderful! Very helpful! I shadowed a lot of the teachers and got to meet a lot of students, which was also great. The kids here are very high energy and like to have a good time... which is nice! I feel like my classes are going to be more like camp rec time meets English, meets elementary carpet song time. ha! : ) It's quiet funny at times! I think i will enjoy working with the older ones... they can understand more, and talk more freely! It's nice when you can talk to them about stuff they like and not have to teach them "firefighter" or "dog". Important words, yes. Exciting... not so much!

Well... that's A-Class so far! I believe i'll be taking over classes early next week... which is quick. But surprisingly i'm not too anxious. However, I do function pretty well under stress. ha! Actually this transition has been very peaceful! At times i was a little scared to venture out... but Korean folks are so nice. In between my broken Korean (which is really only two phrases) and my sad attempts at signing and pointing... i seem to get what i want! Minus the green tea latte, bulk amounts of shampoo, apple smelling body soap... yea, besides those things, i can usually make a good purchase! haha :) It's fun! It's also given my a really good understanding of how people feel when they move to the states and cannot understand. Man.. it must be hard. Especially considering Americans aren't always known to be the most helpful or patient folks! Though i do think we trump on pedestrian right of way-- it's dangerous status walking around here!

Some of the translation things are SUPER funny!! I just love it!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Here i am!

Well friends... i am here! Sitting in my apartment in Sanbon, Korea! Arrived yesterday evening and have spent today trying to be normal! I'm just a little off kilter. But i guess such is expected when you move to another country! ha. fancy that!

A few highlights of my time thus far:
- The teachers who i will be working with are amazing! So helpful and super sweet! They're great! Had lunch with them today, which was a huge blessing.

- Made my first solo trip into the city. Successfully exchanged some money. Bought some shampoo. Actually ended up with three bottles of it. Some communication issues in thinking i was buying both shampoo and conditioner. Nope. Shampoo anyone? ha! Great city... looking forward to exploring more.

- Had one amazing piece of toast today. Inherited a toaster from one of the teachers. And in the kind stash of some food items my school provided i had some bread and peanut butter. Crunchy peanut butter. Yup! That's right... awesome. For those who know me, you know i love crunchy peanut butter. On toast. Let's just say the bread her is lovely! Ahh... only thing it was missing was some apple butter. ha! Next shopping is for some real food.

- I removed one nasty pair of purple swaged, tassel clad nastiness of curtains our of my window. That made me happy! : )

ok. off to sleep a bit!
more to come soon!

Friday, January 8, 2010

5 days!

Hello there friends! I sit here rocking to some live Jason Mraz goodness and in front of me is a pile of madness I plan to take to Korea. I've entered the packing phase and let's just say... i hate packing. I like organizing things to leave here, and i'll love unpacking when i get there. However, packing my life into two bags, 100 lbs, to include not only the essentials but the items i won't be able to find in's not a task for the lighthearted! : )

But things are going well. This week has literally flown by! Seeing a bunch of people and running a lot of last minute errands, etc. Today i'm off to the Apple Store to get my computer looked at. It's struggling.... so hopefully they'll be able to give it a little life! That would be awesome. Then family time! We're rocking the Korean BBQ tonight! Should be fun!

This morning i was delighted to open my email and find my plane ticket! 11:50 Wednesday morning i shall be departing frrom LAX for my year of adventure in Korea. Which is AWESOME! I'm getting super excited! Like so excited. So excited i don't know a better word for it. (so i'll continue to use excited until i make up one.)

A few huge blessings in the past few weeks:
  • A random man in Starbucks taught me how to say thank you in Korean. (kam- sa- ham-ni-da) I think that will be a critical phrase in my first few hours there! Awesome.
  • Sione, my principal is going to provide me with a cell phone! Awesome.
  • Jugie bought me two Korean dictionaries. One pocket size (i'll be carrying that one in my purse) and another big guy! I'll be using those for sure! Awesome.
  • I won't be having to stay in a Korean hotel for few nights before my apartment is ready (typical of most situations having to do a teach switch) but i'll be staying with the teacher who's place i'll be taking. I'll get go follow her around for a few weeks and get acquainted with my new home. Such a blessing! Awsome. to the max!
  • Also got another email saying the ladies would meet me with soju and boraebong. (Korean booze and karaoke.) For those who know me.. i could make some money doing this. I feel like there are quite a few people would pay to see me do karaoke! haha!
5 days and counting. More to come soon!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

10 Days...

Kind of like running, baking provides ample opportunity to think. I appreciate that.
Amidst the 1/2 of cup of such and such and the beating well of this and that, thoughts, seemingly countless, unrelated, though sometimes huge life thoughts fill my mind. I don't really work any of them out entirely, but somehow their stresses are released and life just seems a little sweeter for a while.

Well that's if your baking cookies. If i were running, i could just keep running until sidewalk ran out or until I solved the world's problems. Until now, my legs and lungs just seem to give up right before I solve world hunger or perfect hovering air plane blueprints... but I'm working on that. But this whole predicament works out quite nice. You see... I bake and all these thoughts surface. Then when I'm done baking, because you always, eventually run out of dough and they do finish baking at some point, you still have things to work out. So you go running. And run off all the dough you ate. It's a pretty nice system.

Ok. Back to the point of this blog. I'm leaving for Korea in 10 days. Yes. 10 days. And as i write this... the pressure is mounting. The thoughts are countless and sometimes overwhelming. Holy toledo. My emotions are kind of like those awesome cans of fruit cocktail. That tab on the top is so luring. You pull it back thinking something will explode out of it, but then all you get is a little "pshh" of air. Not as exciting as you thought. So you look in. You know what's in it... but when you pull a bite out, you're not real sure what kind of fruit it is, but you eat it anyway. Kind of like a surprise every time. Yea... that's about right where i am. A little fruit salad in heavy syrup. Actually no syrup. That's just sick.

So, I'm super excited!! There is so much is ahead for me! This is an opportunity of a life time. Literally! And I'm so blessed to be able to go! However, what i am leaving behind is also big! And getting bigger every day. And that makes me a little sad. You see, I've had to come to balance living the life God has given Sarah and being in the lives of people God has called me to. That being my family. My friends. The people God has called me to love who don't know him yet. And while it would be easy to live on the sidelines... God has not called me to that! He's called me to play! To go big... and then go home! And that excites me! If i wait for life around me to slow down before I start living mine, I'll be 90 and wondering what happened! I'm not about that! When I'm 90 I hope to, Lord willing, be sitting in a rocking chair thanking Jesus for the full, vibrant, adventurous, life changing life he gave me to live! That's no sideline kind of life if you ask me!

Don't be fouled. I'm plenty scared. Plenty anxious and nervous, and all other kinds of emotions that keep you from eating normally and make you bite the inside of your cheek profusely. BUT... I'm excited for what the Lord has for me in Korea! LIKE SUPER EXCITED!! Which makes all else doable! (And the promise of Skype. Free face time with my loved ones! YES PLEASE.)

So... these emotions I speak of, I can't really label them. It's kind of a sweet mixture of it all. But it's good, really good, even when I don't know what the heck is happening or what is going to happen!! 10 days and counting down. I'm sure more is to come on this blog in the near future. You see when I'm stressed i not only cook, and run... i write. : )

And i just wrote a blog about emotions and canned fruit cocktail. So be prepared.... who knows what's next.