Day 590 – Mugeodong Cherry Blossom Festival

60644_10200387789671234_206022725_nAfter nearly a month’s hiatus (the reason being twofold – illness on my part, and the fact that I am writing less about my classes to avoid duplication with last year’s posts – the text book is the same therefore the class material is the same) I am happy to inform you about the Mugeodong Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday.

150179_10200387787111170_1986529837_nThe cherry blossom trees have bloomed about a fortnight early this year, turning a glorious pink colour.

392644_10200387789511230_1971270392_nThe festival itself was crowded and as usual I appeared to be the only foreigner in the grounds where an outdoor stage had been erected.

539863_10200387790031243_925358931_nThe highlight of the festival was when the over-excitable MC dragged kids up on stage to do the Gangnam Style dance. Other than that, there didn’t appear to be much activity other than a few food stalls.

578288_10200387789551231_208453436_nI now have four and a half months left in Korea, and as such the blog posts are probably going to become more sporadic. Jennifer and I are teaching grades 3 and 6, Irene and I grades 4 and 5.

The new grade 3’s seem nice so far, although it is too early to tell, and of course one of those new students includes Kim Hee Yon, who I have blogged about on several occasions before.

408017_10200387788271199_876903361_nThe temperatures are beginning to rise but it’s taking longer to reach the 20 degrees that April 2012 consistently saw. The school building is still relatively cold and I still work with my winter coat on!

There are 17 teaching weeks remaining, and I can already feel myself winding down.

Tensions between North Korea and South Korea continue to fill the news headlines, as NK’s leader Kim Jong Un claims to have ended all non-aggressive pacts with SK and is now considering declaring war on SK and the USA.

Everybody here still considers these empty threats. Any aggression by NK would be suicidal considering America’s influence in SK and China’s disapproval of any disruptions to trade in the Korean peninsula. If anything kicks off then I will be on the first plane south to the Philippines – me love you long time.

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About michaelhollin

Originally from Leeds, England, I am now an English teacher in Ulsan, South Korea. I am a graduate of the University of Huddersfield’s Business School and The College of Law Chester. I self-published my novel A Cause for Concern in September 2010.
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One Response to Day 590 – Mugeodong Cherry Blossom Festival

  1. Kristel says:

    Please help me how to apply and also teach in korea. Thankyou.

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