The third day of school was spent at a different school on the same mountain for middle and high schoolers. The sunrise was particularly breathtaking that morning:
Re-acquainted with scenes from the school:
I got another outfit, this time playing up on the pinks of my Viparo jacket by adding hot pink tights and reds of the only pair of shoes I brought on my trip. Those sneakers seem to go well with most anything! Best sneakers I’ve ever owned. :)
My feet in one of those guest indoor slippers you have to change into once on school grounds. Also, this pair of socks with the USA flag was bought by my bro in Korea on his trip there last year. If you fold it down there are googly eyes looking at you… I wonder if a certain organisation appreciates the tongue-in-cheek jab.
The best toilet cubicle in the school. It had everything a Korean toilet bowl would have, except for the heated seat which I missed so dearly from my weekend in Lotte Hotel.
Just like the last time I was here, there’s always so much food to be had for sharing. Persimmons are one of Sangju’s claim to agricultural fame, but I’m not too sure if these are locally-produced…? In any case, I enjoyed them.
That night happened to be a teachers’ farewell dinner. What’s interesting about the education system in Korea is that educators have no choice but to change schools after five years are up. This results in a lot of teachers living apart from their families, which was quite a sad thing to hear. Supposedly this eliminates teacher-student bias but I don’t understand the short turnaround time to successfully run a school…? I guess I’ll never be able to fully understand the rationale behind it.
In any case, eating in Korea is always a feast. I was very fortunate to be able to partake in the foods thanks to the generosity of Ottie’s schools:
Bobo-sem challenged me to a drinking contest of sorts in downing four somaeks (soju + beer) in succession and I very quickly developed a reaction whenever I drink soju. It was such an eye-opener interacting with the teachers out of school. They really let loose around alcohol!
Ottie and I peaced out slightly earlier in order to meet up with his friends who were having a waegook farewell dinner. First, we popped by Baskin Robbins for my favourite green tea ice cream:
We eventually ended up for more drinks, but I only had it in me to share one more beer at the local B Turn franchise, which hosted an international selection of beer.
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.