Annie-sem invited Ottie and I to her home during our last days in Sangju. She was Ottie’s co-teacher for one of his schools, and had always been very caring towards him and I.
First of, my outfit. I had acquisitioned some of Ottie’s clothes while helping him to pack his belongings, and this green merino wool sweater was one of them. We originally bought it in the H&M in Singapore, but it shrank when he put it in the washer; his loss, my gain. I tried to pull off the sweater-as-dress look, but looking back at these pictures, it may have been a few inches shy of indecent exposure. Good thing it wasn’t a school day. Also, I don’t remember why I had packed my teal-coloured tights with me, but it seemed pretty fitting to go green. My scarf could also be considered green, if one reads it another way.
Annie-sem warmly welcomed us into her home, where we met her husband and two cute girls. She and her husband had even laid out a splendid feast for our arrival! Ottie and I were very humbled by their hospitality. We’re not sure we could handle juggling two rambunctious girls, a teaching job each, and keeping the house so neat and tidy. I mentioned in a previous post how teachers have to move schools every five years, and next year is finally the year her husband teaches in a school in town. For two years, he’d only been able to get together with the family on weekends because his school was in a different town. I can’t believe just how hard educators in Korea have it. :(
Annie-sem gave us a game of Yut, a traditional game in Korea. It was pretty addicting!
Sadly, we eventually had to leave for more packing and goodbyes to other people in town:
Sangju has been immensely kind to both Ottie and I (by extension). It was difficult to part with this beautiful town, but our journey had come to an end. We’ll see you again someday, Sangju!
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.