On the giant school calendar in the teacher workroom, I had noticed some days were blocked out for student trips (I had to use google translate). I was curious, but since no one mentioned anything to me, I didn’t make a big deal of it. From what I could gather, the first years were going to go somewhere for 3 days, the 2nd years were going somewhere overnight, and the 3rd years were going out for a day trip. I was just happy because it meant less classes to teach. ^.^
Anyway, I’m in one of my 3rd year classes the Tuesday before their field trip and one of my students that loves talking to me (though he struggles) asked me if I liked roller coasters. (HELL YEAH!!) After I told him, yes, he asked if I was going Friday. Of course I have a huge confused look on my face because the translation actually said the 3rd years were going on a ‘picnic’. So I turned to the Korean teacher and she answers him in Korean and then asks me if I want to go to an amusement park with the 3rd years on Friday. And I’m like—DUH! I mean, I’d get to go to an amusement park and not have to desk-warm (as no students would be at school Friday)…awesome! I don’t get my hopes up though, because permission needs to be granted, and I have to hope my teacher “remembers” to ask. Thursday afternoon rolls around and I get word that I’ll be able to go. WOOT! So I’m pretty stoked for the next day…and also because the last two days I had 4 classes cancelled…can’t complain about that!
So the park is called Woobangland (우방랜드 pronounced: Ooo-bong-lend-uh) in Daegu (대구). I get to school as usual, and basically it’s me doing a monkey-see-monkey-do kinda thing. None of my co-teachers (Korean English teachers) are going, and therefore everyone I’m going with has limited or no English. So after standing outside for about 25 minutes with the 3rd years and some kind of ‘goodbye’ speech from the principal, we head to the buses (charter-style buses). I was pretty fortunate, because there’s a younger teacher here (1 year older than me) that has some decent English and he sat next to me on the bus…although we both fell asleep. LOL. However, once we got into the park and took preliminary pictures of all the 3rd year students, the mentioned teacher (his name is Gil 병길 maybe?) said he could join me…sounded good to me!
First thing we did was get in line for a roller coaster. And by “line” I mean, a very short line…and not clearly sectioned off like in the states. So we waited about 10 minutes for 10 second ride. LOL. It was still pretty fun; definitely weak-sauce though. Then we walked around and looked at the miniature ‘zoo’—with random animals. Dogs? Really? Whatever. I still am slightly baffled that a zoo is in an amusement park. After the amusement park we head back to join the other teachers for lunch but then we see 5 of our male students who basically invite us to join them in a line for a roller coaster. After about 5 minutes, the consensus is that the line is too long and lunch will be soon so we move to another “shorter” line and 3 female students join us. The ride looks pretty sweet, and so we wait in that line and 20-30 minutes later we ride the 2minute ride thing. The boys we had joined peaced out but the girls joined us for lunch.
After lunch we hit up an “Aladin funhouse” which was…really kind of stupid and maybe a 5 year old would enjoy it. It had floors that shook, or were on a belt, or rollers, a rope to walk across, and two slides. Whatever, it was still mildly entertaining. Then we went into a ‘haunted house’—I made the girls laugh because they made me go first and I would just randomly scream. It was far from scary but I did it out of sheer amusement (mine and theirs) ^^.
Then we headed to the ice skating rink…which was AWESOME! I will first say that I haven’t been to ice skating in YEARS. I don’t remember the last time it was so long ago—possibly 20 years ago. But it was easy…just like rollerblading. Most of my students were not so great at it…and a lot of my students were at the rink. So I had a blast, skating around, and trying to ‘assist’ them. I also paid for 2 boys to join (because they wanted to but didn’t have money) and I encouraged a bunch of others to join. The conversation went like this: me: GAJA! (let’s go) Them: No. Me: Why? Them: No money. Me: Here. Them: (complete look of shock) Ok ok! Another student told me in answer to why: Scary. And me: ok ok. Did I mention that they’re brilliant at English!? *wink* (I still love them.) I skated around with some of my students…the ones that were too scared to leave the wall but would accept my assistance for a lap. I also ‘raced’ a few students, but I wasn’t “that” fast. I also tried to do a few ‘spins’…and landed most of them…but fell on my ass twice.
I didn’t care about falling…but afterwards, I looked at my iPod (which was in my back pocket), and apparently it had a problem with me falling. It was beautifully cracked, but the plastic protector I put on it helped a lot so it kept it together and it was also still usable…no touch screen problems. The girls and Gil were very concerned about my iPod while I was laughing hysterically. They probably think I’m crazy. Oh well–I mean, I can’t be mad at something that was my own fault. Plus, it still worked! After about a month of laughing every time I looked at it, I got it fixed/the screen replaced, but it cost me about $100 (12만원)…that wasn’t funny.
I took some pictures there, and put them on my flickr page. 🙂