Day 170. It's three months short of the six month mark. We've come a long way!
I am resting at the moment. I gave oral interviews to the freshmen English conversation class today. Then we celebrated the end of the class with snacksm music, balloons and games. All I have left to do at this point is carry through with a promise to have a party for the last second year conversation class in about 20 minutes from now.
I slept well last night. I am a bit tired now, though I did not go out until 10:30 to buy the refreshments and haul them off to campus via taxicab. I visited Y first so as to give her plants to water while I am away. She was smoking and plunged into a discussion about work. It is annoying that she wants to talk about work so much with me even when we are home. I find it tiring to be talking work all the time. L was in the office so we got caught up in discussing the administrative procedures for grading and admin work.
The first year students were not as enthusiastic as I had thought they might get. in fact, they asked me to turn down the music I had playing in the background. Some students chatted, some played cards, and others played "hot seat", a popular English class game that involves one person drawing an image on the board in front of which is seated another person who must guess what the image is. They were kind of messy. When I unwrapped the sponge cake, a few students started tearing into it until waiting until it was properly cut and laid out for everyone. They left trash and inflated balloons behind. They did not do much to clean up, though a couple of them helped to serve the drinks and cake.
It is raining very heavily today. Reports say the weather has been similar in much of Western Europe. It is hot but partly cloudy and sometimes rainy in Italy. I am packing a rain jacket, I guess, and I threw some socks into the suitcase. The forecast predicts sun later in the week, though.
My Japanese contact reached me finally. He cannot go to the meeting in Europe because of a death in his family. He updated me about his group's thoughts on the proposed peace mission, which is my major concern that I am bringing to the activists' meeting.
I'll have to get up at five because I could catch the first subway train then the earliest express bus to the airport, but now I feel it would be safer and more expedient to hop into a taxi for the rest of the way. I won't have time to bother with breakfast, not even coffee. I know they will serve it on the plane to Seoul.
Stay tuned. I'll post as much as I can this week. Pictures might come later. Tomorrow, I shall be en route, and I am due to arrive to my first destination well into the evening. I shall have to write the blog into the notebook on the plane or train and post it later.