So, what have you been doing?

It seems that whenever life gets busy, I struggle to blog. Except, when I am not busy I feel as though there is nothing to blog about.
Hence the distance of time between this post and my last. (Sorry)

So, what have I been doing? A lot. (wouldn’t it have been funny if I ended it there and kept you guessing 😉 )

April has been one of those months that you just want to hurry and get through. My Spring break was in the middle of the month. So that means in the first weeks everyone (my students and me included) wanted time to speed up so we could get a break. Now after some down time, all we want is Summer break. —-FYI for Summer break I will be visiting home. YAY!

For my Spring break a friend (co-worker) and I visited Jeju Island. Many of you have probably heard of the Ferry accident. It happened a about four days before we headed on our trip. Korea has felt the burden of the accident deeply. It is somewhat hard to explain why to people who have not experienced the Korean culture. However, I will try to quickly explain. Most Koreans (even those not involved what so ever) feel ashamed that the accident happened. That so many young and innocent lives were taken because of poor choices. They are also extremely ashamed that the captain left his post with so many lives still on board. It is a saddening event that we all wish did not happen. I am unaware of the news reports that have aired around the world. However, the fact that it aired around the world makes it even harder for many Koreans. While in Jeju we saw a few candle light vigils. The accident made our trip all the more important. We were able to count God’s blessings. Even the little things like catching the bus right before it left were seen as blessings. I pray for all those who were involved in the accident and for the entire country of Korea. However, I know that God will use this tragedy in many positive ways. I have already began to see them.

With heavy hearts, for the country we were visiting, we headed to Jeju. The Hawaii of Korea. We had planned on going and relaxing by the beach and resting up for the next stretch before Summer. Our plans did not go as planned. We arrived and it rained for the first 2 days we were there. That did not stop us from exploring the island. We explored the bus system. Which allowed us to travel all the way around the island. We saw waterfalls, caves, volcanoes and other islands. It was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area. We stayed at a hostel called “The Forest.” It was my first experience in a hostel. We ended up getting our own room and bathroom (so it was more like a hotel). The hostel was nicely located to pretty much everything. We walked so much the first couple of days because we were not positive about the bus system. By the end we really new the city of Jeju.
It was a great trip and we were able to focus a lot on God’s beauty and timing.

Here are some pictures. Enjoy!

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The bridge a little bit outside our Hostel.
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At the black sand beach in Jeju City. This family asked me to take a picture of them (it happens a lot…they like to practice their English). Also on this trip I was asked 4 times to take pictures WITH strangers…lol!
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This is a very COOL geological phenomenon. It was once a volcano but it erupted and filled itself in. We climbed all the way to the top
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This is not the best picture. However, you can see us on bikes. Also in the distance you can see Jeju. This was taken on U-do Island. We biked it all in an hour (16 kilometers…10 miles!)

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