Summer Camp: Part 1, Day 2, and Errands in the Sun (and Rain)

And so to continue with our summer camp adventures. Today was, to use my co-teacher’s newest vocabulary word, sweltering. It’s probably the hottest day I’ve ever experienced in Korea and temperatures that soared over 40°C at least with 100% humidity.

So while I sat “supervising” my kids (aka melting and near comatose from heat exhaustion), they produced this.

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We did this until they lost interest and then had some extra time before starting the movie, so we made some model dinosaurs. My co-teacher and I joined in the fun, because why not? Thus my army of mini sauropods was birthed from my palms.

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After that we put the movie on (Ice Age, the one with dinosaurs), and said goodbye to the kids.

That wasn’t the end of it for me though – today was a day of errands, which was unfortunate as it also coincided with it being the day as sweaty as the devil’s ballsack.

First my co-teachers helped me move all the school-owned property from my apartment to their storage space (goodbye pots, pans, cutlery, and dishes). I was really sad to see my micro-oven go considering all the good times we had together baking bread, biscuits, and Christmas cookies – and even more sad when it got dropped during the moving process, smashing the whole glass front to smithereens. (Seriously, my heart broke a little even if it’s no longer mine or going to be used by me again).

After we hauled and lugged and loaded everything to my co-teacher’s car, and then unloaded, re-lugged, and re-hauled the stuff to storage, then it was time for errand two: getting stickers to throw out my bigger items of trash when I fully leave the apartment. Namely, these are blankets and pillows. I’m quite sad that Korea doesn’t seem to have a donation culture – these are perfectly good items still that are worthy of a Salvation Army – but my landlord and co-teacher insist they must be thrown away.

So we went to the local council office, picked up seven stickers for ₩6,500 (around $7), and completed task two.

By this time the sky was looking ominously dark and was threatening a storm. Luckily my co-teacher drove us to the town pension office for task #3: applying to receive my bulk pension sum, a portion of which has been removed from my paycheck each month, when I return to Canada. This went surprisingly painlessly (I’m always intimidated by the paperwork), and in no time I got a paper confirming a return of about $4, 500 in about a month’s time. Well worth running around in the heat for.

Just as we were leaving, the storm broke and the heaven’s opened.

“It’s raining cats and dogs,” my co-teacher said (with notable pride at having used an English idiom).

She drove me to my door step so I wouldn’t get wet, and once I got in I promptly threw off all my clothes and went to collapse on the bed, moist, sticky, and exhausted.

I woke up a few hours later to Ricky telling me to get up for our dinner we were having in honour of meeting a friend’s baby. Luckily the rain had stopped so we walked to the restaurant in air so humid it felt like breathing into a wet cloth.

Dinner was, however, amazing. Samgyeopsal at its finest.

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My depression has had me feeling really anxious in social situations lately, so this was the first time I’ve felt so relaxed in a group of people in a long time and it was great. Really going to miss people when I leave.

Anyway stay tuned for tomorrow’s final update of Summer Camp Part 1! Hopefully there will be a finished mural to show off…


10 thoughts on “Summer Camp: Part 1, Day 2, and Errands in the Sun (and Rain)

  1. OH GOD YOUR MICRO-OVEN! *Heart shatter* I seriously lurched a little in my seat reading that T_T

    The humidity today is friggin insane!! Glad to hear that they went with you to the pension office and sorted through your apartment with you ^^ When Adele left she did all of that by herself…that pension pay is pretty sweet, too 😛

    PS: Your sauropods are adorable! Also, hurray for samgyeopsal dinner! 😀 There should be a foodie’s equivalent of frat drinking, but instead we chant, “GORGE GORGE GORGE GORGE!!”

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  2. I LOVE those wee dinos!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!
    I felt the loss of the microwave…that is sad.
    As per the pension money…”in a month’s time”…you won’t be there anymore…will they send it to you? Do you have to be in the country to access it?

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  3. Yeah your dinos are super adorable pretty palmy pieces. I had to reread the microwave oven episode to make certain I was reading it correctly. !__!
    Yeah for pension $’s. They sure took a good chunk outta the payslip evey month. Consider it ‘moving expenses’. Moving $ out of one place to another.
    Can’t wait to see the final plasterpieces on the wall. A good selection of movie btw and description of the heat .
    Glad you got out and mingled with the locals to gorge.

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  4. Meanwhile I noticed someone wearing long-sleeves at your Samgyeopsal dinner… I must have been such a monstrosity in my tank top while visiting Korea.

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