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Truck Day

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Well. It’s truck day. That’s my name for it, anyway, I don’t think the Korean teachers have a specific name for it. It’s just the day that a giant truck appears on the dirt exercise field, and third grade students run towards it, dumping their books on the ground. The truck picks up the books with it’s… grabby arm thing (I just spent a good five minutes googling it and trying to figure out what it’s called, if you know, please enlighten me) and the books are taken away, presumably to be recycled or perhaps BURNED along with all of the practice tests they’ve ever taken. I’m only partially joking about the burning.

The best thing about today is seeing the third graders genuinely laugh. Granted, it’s a sort-of maniacal and strange laugh as they run towards the truck, dump their books on the ground, dance around a little, and leave, but it’s a laugh.

Enjoy some pictures of the truck, its grabby arm thing, and books.



A third grader looks back, watching the books that she studied for the last three years, now indistinguishable from countless other books, disappear from her life.


Female students make a pile far to the right of the trick. My co-teacher and I, watching this spectacle, hypothesis that sooner or later someone will light these books on fire, just for kicks.


It’s funny how three years of studying can be reduced to a truckfull of paper, each book indistinguishable from the other.


Happy Monday! Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, I hope that at least once in your life you get the opportunity to have a truck come, collect the thing that most troubles you, and take it away.

Another Lazy Friday

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I had two midterms on Wednesday. Yes I have school work some of the time! I would just like to say that my global econ professor is a CRAZY man. Class time is spent on off-topic rants about his chocolate lab and Aerolineas Argentinas. He is hands down the most unapologetically biased professor I have ever had. And I know how biased some of you think all my professors are! He confirms my suspicion of the Argentine belief that opinions should be accepted as facts. This idea has come up over and over again and always makes me laugh. I don’t have a good example now though but will try and remember them. I think most of my notes from now will be quotes of him saying ridiculous things so get ready for that! Anyway, my grade is a crapshot really. He’s kind of brilliant and told us not to write anything stupid. Vamos a ver.

A few weeks ago I bought a very expensive Eat, Pray, Love book in English. I read 100 pages that night, probably because it was so nice to have an easy English read. And because it’s really good. I’m actually not finished yet somehow but I recommend it. I will probably get back to that this evening or El Principito because I need the Spanish. Also have Los Secretos de Sus Ojos (Argentine film which just won the Best Foreign Film Oscar), which I haven’t seen yet; and Valentín (Argentine film we watched in class), which I recommend.

It’s cold here now but has been indecisive the past week. I just noticed some leaves that changed yesterday! I guess it’s fall although I’m trying to fight it. The Argentines think it’s a lot colder than it is. Maria doesn’t let me leave the house without a sweater.