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Jeju Vacation: Day Three

[The second day, we had spent a lot of time getting to know the city and how to travel. It would not exactly help us a lot the next day... But we still got to check out an awesome waterfall that emptied into the ocean and a cool museum and park]

By the third day, we were determined to hang out at a beach. A sunset on the beach was one of Jackie's main goals. And since we had been in Jeju, we had been leaving the hostel later than noon. Because it was so sunny, we had horrible lighting for all our photos. That is unacceptable. Therefore, we woke up early, got ready and headed out on a longer journey to the northeast part of the island.

Jeju Vacation: Day Two

[The previous day, we had done way too much. We arrived in Jeju, got some bikes, met a mean American, rode hours for hamburgers and sweated like crazy. It was time for some relaxing and some sightseeing.]

We woke up the next day in pain. Did you know that riding bikes is super painful? And it was not even soreness from using our "muscles;" it was pain from those dumb bike seats. Man, I was dying! Hoping back on the bike to ride to our days' adventures felt like being smacked in the head with a spiked baseball bat while being tasered, except on my butt. Fun times. We adjusted our seats to try to alleviate the pain. That helped a great deal, but the pain would remain for the rest of the day.

Jeju Vacation: Day One, Part Two

[Earlier in the day, Jackie and I had made it to Jeju safely, but had to wait around to check in. A few hours later, we checked in, hiked down to a nearby waterfall and took tons of pictures. Now is where the real fun begins.]

Jeju Vacation: Day One, Part One

After sleeping for less than four hours, I woke up at four in the morning. We had everything ready to go since we had gotten organized the day before. There was still the matter of our transportation to the airport. We have no car and the subways and buses do not run early enough for us to get to the airport on time. So, we stepped outside simply hoping there would be taxis hanging around at five.

Leading Up to the Vacation

It has been a tough couple months for me. I am definitely worn out from all the changes and adjusting I have had to do. However, the past two weeks have been especially tough. We had monthly testing, a way to gauge where the students are, plus a few other labor intensive events. This is on top of learning how to teach and figuring out the students. I am my own worst critic and that makes normal critiques very hard to deal with. Constructive criticism is something else I need to learn how to accept.


I needed this vacation to unwind and step away from everything. I was thrown into this job and had to learn as I went along. That is nerve wrecking, but it seems to have worked out alright. That is the positive part. The negative part is I am exhausted. So, here we are getting a week off of work. That was a cause for celebration.