Thursday, May 21, 2009
We were invited to participate in a Taekwondo class. Daegu University has several sports and Taekwondo is one of them. They compete and win lots of championships. Taekwondo stands for foot, hands and heart/mind. We took a class with some other kids about my age.
Jennifer and Katie are on the left. Helen and Amanda are next and then a picture of part of our group in front of the main building. The only people I am missing in my pictures is Rachel and Jeffrey so I will find a picture of them to add. If you go to my older posts you can see them doing the traditional bow.
As you know, we are with the Murray State group. I thought I would post some pictures of others in the group. We had a great time and they were all so nice to me.
The far left is Jennifer with me. Then Caroline, Michael, me and James. The picture on the far right is Stephen.
To the left is Lynn and Vicki.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Ok - this is really weird and hard to remember. We are about 14 hours ahead of Murray time. So, when it is 8:00 a.m. on Friday in Daegu, it is 6:00 p.m. on Thursday back at home. My mom and I are leaving Seoul on Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon (which would be midnight in Murray) and we will arrive in Nashville on the same day at 7:30 p.m. That is because we pass through the international time zone. So, we leave on Friday and return on Friday. When we were coming to Daegu, we left on Monday morning at 4:00 a.m. from Nashville and we didn't get into Seoul until Tuesday night so it felt like we lost a day. People who travel like this get jet lag because it takes them a few days to get used to being awake when they are usually asleep.
We had the opportunity to visit a Buddhist temple. The traditional religions are Buddhist, Confucianism, and Christian. One of the Korean students told us that his Dad was Buddhist and his Mom was Christian. Koreans have freedom of religion like we do! The temples are really nice buildings. Here is a picture. Also - here is my mom and me with our student aid, Su Jung Lee. She is really nice and wants to come to Murray State to study next year.