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Jan 6, 2012 - First week over, doing my household / Erste Woche um, Haushalt machen

Another fun class. We were discussing Korean culture. I was asking the students to bring a piece of culture and take a picture of modern/traditional Korean culture. You will get an impression looking at the pictures. One girl brought a traditional dress and asked me to wear it - I did. It is very comfortable and the students took picture. I assume you will find some of them on facebook ... Today was a movie night. We watched a Korean movie and I need to buy it. Culture-wise, it is a very good example. Afterwards, the Turkish professor...

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Jan 5, 2012 - Korean cooking class /Koreanisch kochen lernen

Ok, it's again past midnight. I worked again for my Swiss students, but now it seems they are on track - hurray ... My last action every day is writing this entry and I like it. It's becoming a before-going-to-bed-ritual. Class was great today. I'm impressed what deep discussion the students have in groups. Also, they're opening up - so touching. I'm happy to teach young bright people, eager to learn. That's a gift (totally different in Switzerland, of course, there are always exceptions). In the evening, we attended a Korean cooking class...

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Jan 4, 2012 - Still freezing cold / Eiskalt

As we woke up this morning, there was snow all over the campus and the roads were icy. I asked my students if this was the normal image of winter in Korea. They said no, normally it doesn't snow.... However, I'm happy. My students start to talk to me, asking very good questions such as 'what does the CH of Switzerland stand for? ... thanks god I remembered :-). Two female students were looking at the German world map I brought with me. They had a discussion on sth. As they noticed that I was listening they said: this map looks different...

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Jan 3, 2012 - Snow /Schnee

It's freezing cold and snows. The classroom was icy and the students sitting there in their jackets. It's interesting to see how they think differently. They need to study first, then discuss it. They give their answers sometimes in images. What is culture for you? A living creature, a sponge. I like it. I had my second Korean class today and am able to speak necessary sentences. Back home, I had a shower which is an adventure. The advantage of it: teh bathroom is cleaned, too :-). Today we heard several times military planes flying by and...

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Jan 2, 2012 - First lesson held / die ersten Lektionen gehalten

Heute war der Tag der Tage, mein erster Unterrichtstag. Gut schweizerisch habe ich alles 7x durchdacht und organisiert .... eine Stunde vor Beginn traf ich meine beiden Assistenten im Schulzimmer und wir haben alles durchgecheckt. Ok, alles ist nicht so gelaufen, wie es sollte, aber ich bin ja flexibel und wir haben Lösungen gefunden :-). Ich merke jedoch, dass ich ganz klar sagen muss, was ich will und nicht erwarten darf, dass sie stark mitdenken. Das ist ein wenig ungewohnt, umso mehr, als ich es mir eher gewohnt bin, alles selbst zu...

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Jan 1, 2012 - First day 2012 /Neujahr

We went for breakfast to Paris Baguette, a chain selling nice bread etc. Afterwards, I continued preparing my lessons. I must admit, I'm getting a bit nervous - tomorrow is the day. Later in the afternoon, we met with the other professors. It's a nice group of people coming from Turkey, Slovenia, Hungary, Germany, USA and Poland. We have a very nice Korean dinner, sitting on the floor, having a barbecue on the table. Unfortunately, I left my camera in my room. Enclosed please find some impressions of my room. It smells less thank to an open...

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Dec 31, 2011 - Ist es wirklich Sylvester? Really New Year's Eve?

Just a short entry today. I slept horribly, I guess that's the jet lag. Anyway, I got up at 9.30h, lost the key card for the first time and could not leave the building. Manuela standing in front of the door, waiting. So we had a conversation through the door - a nice experience. My assistant picked us up and we went shopping at Cosco and in a Korean shop, buying stuff to feel at home and of course a bottle of Champagne. Back at the campus, we finally had a cup of coffee and now I'm working on my lessons. It doesn't feel like the end of...

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Dec 30, 2011 - Daegu, KNU

This morning we took the KTX - the high speed train - to Daegu. It takes 2 hours. As we sit in the first class, we're being served with water and bisciuts. That's nice. Arrived in Daegu, we miss my two student assistent as they wait at a wrong track ... However, two nice Korean guys, one studying architecture, the other one chemistry. They prepared a poster, welcoming me in Korea.By taxi we drove to KNU, the university I'm going to teach. They show us around, show me my classroom. As a professor, I'm standing on a pedestal/platform, looking...

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Aug 26, 2011 - Moving to Gyeongsan-si

Alright, since the first blog installment I've moved into my new place, started working in school, been out on the razz with the deadly people I met on orientation. The move from Jeonju was a swift one. Packed up all our belongings that had scattered the floor of our dorm. Ryan (my roommate) and myself said good luck and went out to our separate buses. Most of the people on the bus I took were from my class during orientation so I took a seat beside this nice mexican girl and confused her with Irish slang for the trip. The bus took us...

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