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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

So continuing from day 3…

Right after leaving the small town I headed up to the peaks again to meet up with the rest of the group… well riding up the Gondola it just stopped. And I was riding alone so I was mentally preparing to write out my will on my phone as the cables (including my little world) were raising UP and DOWN to extreme levels. It was a bit terrifying…

solo riding.

solo riding.

literally the rest of the day consisted of traveling to Lafayette , CO and running away to eat at a pizzeria where our cashier was obviously stoned out of his mind. Mary and I literally went to bed at 8:30… I went to bed because she did and she claims to still be on “virginia time”… its crazy. I couldn’t sleep. I just laid there being beaten by a thrashing Mary who sleep talked and screamed during the night scaring me to death. Woman.

(oh and my dad got us hot spot access on our phones… which is awesome and I love it. THANKS DAD.)

Day 4!

So woke up still really sore… but not on death row anymore so Mary and I were off to hit the slopes once again. We went to a different resort to board this time, Eldora! Mary decided today that she was going to try snowboarding… lets just say she got hit with some serious karma for making fun of me the other day. At least I stayed up except for getting off the ski lift and stopping at the very end.. (today I cleared it! no falls at either end thank you!!)

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Eldora Resort!

Eldora Resort!

To and from Eldora we stopped in an ADORABLE town called Nederland, CO. I was a little obsessed. We stopped in a coffee shop built in an old train car named “Buffalo Bills: coffee and confections”. They made fresh mini doughnuts there and let me just say, they were delicious…

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OH! I also saw like REAL prairie dogs just doing their thing in the wild. I liked it.

Since then I have eaten probably way too much, played role of soccer mom picking up the kids, and chilling on the couch watching disney channel. Life is good.

Mary is literally trying to convince me to have another 8:00 bed time.. I may fight her.


More Colorado :)

Monday, January 7th, 2013

so saturday night we were entertained by the children’s “talent show” which involved them standing on the fireplace under the lights and singing to us before bed :)

Day 2!

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We are skiing at Breckenridge resort and to get up to the slopes you have a gondola ride up the mountain. It is so cute and fun! Mary claimed feeling a little sick but hey I was fine and excited to take in all the views

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So lets just say an olympic career in snowboarding, or any other snow sport in that matter, is probably not going to be in my future. Im not TERRIBLE going down the slopes (90% horizontal) but definitely getting off the STUPID ski lift and stoping at the bottom are not my thing. what so ever.

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the dreaded ski lifts…

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My Roommate Mary and I :)

So after 5 (the slopes were extremely long too) i was done. too much whiplash landing on my butt at the bottom. Luckily I never had to realize the truth behind this sign….

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Mary and I rested for a bit before heading out to the ADORABLE town of Breckenridge to wander about and explore. Apparently it is actually college weekend or something out here only these wo losers were ready for showers and bed at 9:00… whoops.

Day 3.

So waking up today… I literally feel like death. even the half a bottle of Advil the night before didn’t save me. my neck doesn’t most and the right side of me feels like I got hit by a bus. Meaning, I am back in the adorable town wandering about and enjoying the views while mary (who skied not snowboarded) is back up on the slopes. But thats ok I am having lots of fun by myself :)

Today we are heading back to Boulder and we are going to attempt to get back on the slopes at a different location tomorrow :)

BUT if you are ever here you definitely need to check out this small town, Breckenridge.

Hope you are having a good day!!


SNOW

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

This is technically the third snowfall, but the only one that has actually stuck. I was in the nearby city when it happened, but I got to ride my podunk bus back during the snowstorm. Let me tell you, nothing says “winter cheer” like speed bumps covered in ice. Since I have final exams this week, today I’ve had a lazy day and I haven’t even ventured outside yet, so these pictures were taken from my kitchen window. Maybe I’ll actually wander through town later, who knows.

Em in Asia! 2012-12-03 00:13:06

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

This morning as I walked to school you could see the frost on the ground. I didn’t think much of it, as Google’s weather forecast told me that it’d be 50 degrees at noon today.

Lies. It is barely above freezing.

I am so cold. They leave the door open in the cafeteria and I ate my lukewarm food huddled over with my winter coat on. They leave the window open in the bathroom and as I washed my hands I noticed that I could see my breath.

It’s only going to get colder from here on out. Have I mentioned how much I hate Korean winter? I hate Korean winter.

Signed,
A Virginian

Em in Asia! 2011-11-16 20:31:50

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

We had a warm spurt for late October and early November. It almost helped me forget that this time last year I was getting sick every other week and absolutely freezing.  Alas, now winter is here in full force, and everyday as I walk to school I can see my breath. I also remember this time last year my coffee intake went way up, because I couldn’t stand to be outside for more than thirty minutes at a time, so whenever I met my friends we had coffee.

Seriously though, all I want to do is wear sweaters and eat soup.

This has been a stressful week. Yesterday I took a team of four students to YDAC, a Youth Diplomacy Action Conference that was thought of and created by a fellow f*brighter. Jeollado (broken into two parts, Jeollabukdo -north- and Jeollanamdo -south-) generally has less resources than many of the other provinces (especially Gyeonggido, the province that surounds Seoul) so this Jeollabukdo-residing f*brighter decided to create a diplomacy simulation that was targeted towards high school students in Jeolla. It was ridiculously fun.

I had to choose a team of four students (I chose one second grade boy and girl and one first grade boy and girl to show an accurate representation of our school, and also to try to combat the gender division/grade division in school) and they had to write a mock resolution. We wrote one on global warming:

A Resolution on Global Warming

1. Whereas, the world became industrialized and the use of fossil fuels increased; and

 2. Whereas, carbon dioxide is increasing because of using fossil fuels; and

 3. Whereas, cars and factories, the source of greenhouse gases are increasing; and

 4. Whereas, harmful greenhouse gases lead to changing climate which causes abnormal weather and melting icebergs; therefore

 BE IT RESOLVED THAT Factories in developed countries should decrease their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% within 10 years.

Then the students had to prepare a 5 – 7 minute speech expanding on their resolution, as well as read resolutions that the 8 other schools had prepared and think up some counter-arguments or points to support them. They also had to later on in the day read a mock situation and respond to it.

I was really proud of not only my students but also all the students from the other schools that came.  My students seemed to really enjoy the conference. It was also fun just being able to hang with them, and having them want to speak to me in English.

On top of all that, today is the SCHOOL FESTIVAL! Oh man, I’m excited, even if many of the students aren’t. Turns out the reason why we don’t have classes today isn’t entirely because of the festival – all morning classes are cancelled for the school-wide essay competition. What fun. Also, there’s currently some school drama going down, because they had to cut some of the acts in the school festival due to time restraints, and ended up cutting some of the homeroom dances/skits, so now some of the students are mad at some of the faculty. Anyway, I’m still excited. One of my YDAC kids (Future Diplomat – referred to him a bit earlier) is apparently performing in the my school’s shortened rendition of Grease as “로저” which translates to “Roger” which is apparently Putzy’s name in the musical. I’m SO EXCITED to see FD as Putzy, it’s going to be hillarious.