Elaine and I spotted an interesting bug. Beetle perhaps? Who knows.
While we were waiting, this man, 51 years old (we know because he told us his age) came up to us and "Hello, let's be friends." He asked us the year of our births and explained the meaning of each of our Chinese animals. I am the dragon, which is much cooler than Elaine's pig. We were having a lovely conversation about various things, since he was waiting for his wife, until he looks at Elaine and says "You have very large...You know" and then gestures to her bosoms. aka her boobs. Three things went through our minds. Or at least mine 1. Who says that? 2. How exactly do you react to that? 3. I'm surprised he only said it to her. I believe I responded appropriately by standing off to the side laughing hysterically. Silently. But hysterically. Carrie arrived immediately after "the incident." He looked at her and asked us, "Is she Japanese?" Elaine said, "I don't know, ask her." And that was the end of the conversation with Mr. Creepy.
It also spurred a remembrance of my second day of class when one of my students, to avoid answering a question said, "But Teacher, you're so beautiful, you're so....AMPLE!" complete with emphasis and I thought "Good heavens, how do I respond to this" and just said "Answer your question." He said it one other time and I said "Don't say that to me ever again."
So after Mr. Creepy, we headed to the Museum. Due to extreme humidity and heat, we bought water bottle(s) at the nearby Family Mart, where we discovered this on top of the garbage cans:
Then went to go to the museum.
We were immediately surprised by the deafening sound of locusts/crickets/cicadas. I wanted to see one but I could not find it. There is a video of the deafening sound here. It's not as loud on the video, but considering the fact that you can hear them on the video, I think you can see how loud they were.
We then noticed some flowers:
and a dragonfly that was interesting (Black and White!)
And then we saw a path with some statues and said, "well we're outside, might as well see everything now then go inside to the air conditioning"
That path lead to a little waterfall called "Dragon Falls"
and this little butterfly.
Then, it lead to a little exercise park.
Then, to another little pond that had this heron:
(You can really see where Birds and velociraptors are related)
which flew up to this statue as the King of birds:
Which, when it looked at me with it's evil little eye, prompted a brief relapse into a childhood memory of being chased by a goose and being bitten on the butt, which then prompted me to tell the story in secret to Carrie and Elaine, but Carrie got the entire story on a video, which has now been posted on facebook and she and I are no longer friends.
Then, we found a giant hand.
And a pond with some enormous coy. and children feeding the coy
and some Lilly pads.
and some gourds hanging out underneath a fence.
This weird plant:
and enormous foot (just for you Kellie)
and more flowers.
this enormous bumblebee:
This woman talking on her phone with Namsam tower in the background.
and a guy hanging out upside down in a different exercise park (He immediately noticed I was taking a picture of him).
Several Korean flags:
This bell holder:
and the Museum from this point of view:
An almost 90 minute detour later, we finally made it to the museum. Luckily we met at two, because Elaine and I know each other well enough to know we need some "Lets get distracted by weird things" time.
The next blog post will be about the actual trip to the museum and the awesome things we saw.
For a preview, check out this picture:
But for now, hold yourself over until another post with some more funny student stories:
Today, I played a game with my students where I put words into Tic-Tac-Toe and they have to use the words correctly in order to get an X or O (or flower or star or triangle as they wanted.) One girl realized that her team was going to lose and she said "Oh crap" which lead me to ask the questions, "Where did you learn THAT word?" But she didn't know.
A student said "Yesteryear" by accident, but it was very Jane Austen-y/Shakespearean.
The same two students who said "crap" and "yesteryear" were discussing boys. They were discussing how the boys at their middle school were all really ugly and really short, but the boys at another middle school were all tall and handsome. One of the girls said "I am very sad all the time because there aren't cute boys at my school" oh the woes of being a middle schooler.
The same two girls created a party idea where the girls dress up as boys and the boys dress up as girls. They said the required dress for boys was "Hot pants and High Heels" and yes, they used the word "Hot pants"
This same Middle School class, when asked what embarrasses them gave three great answers. Aka 3 students gave three great answers.
Number 1: When I shoot a basketball and it bounces back and hits me in the face, I feel embarrassed
Number 2:"When we are changing from our school uniform into our PE clothes and a boy walks in, we feel embarrassed" I wonder if this one has actually happened...
Number 3:"when I write a love letter to a boy and he says "ewwww no way" then I feel embarrassed"