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2009 February

28

Feb

Visa Run to Fukuoka Japan

This post is quite a bit late! I finished my teaching contract at I Kids’ Park on Feb 10th. Nancy won’t finish her contract until the end of March. So I had to fly over to Japan to come back into Korea on a tourist visa. So I flew over on February 17th. I got held up at immigration because my visa was apparently seven days expired. They held me for about 40 minutes and gave me some harsh looks. They made me sign a paper saying that I was a bad boy and that I acknowledge my law breaking and then they stamped me and sent me on my way.

Yohei Furukawa  古川 洋平 had dinner and talked with me late into the night. Thanks Yohei!

Yohei Furukawa 古川 洋平 had dinner and talked with me late into the night. Thanks Yohei!

Taro Osumi 大角 太郎 hung out and talked as well. I hope to visit the night club he owns sometime!

Taro Osumi 大角 太郎 hung out and talked as well. I hope to visit the night club he owns sometime!

I stayed at the Guest House Kaine. It was only ¥2500 per night ($25) which is really cheap for Japan! The accomodations were clean and had a hip modern style. In the front of the guest house was a small restaurant. I ate dinner there, a yummy tempura udon, with Yohei and we had a couple of beers together. Yohei worked at the front desk and was really cool and made my night a very good one because he spoke English the whole time. Otherwise I would have done a lot of people watching and thinking.

The next morning I woke up early and wandered around the city a bit snapping some photos before catching the subway back to the airport. The plane flight was only a one hour direct flight and they even gave me some nuts and drinks. 🙂 I got held up at immigration again upon rentry because of my previous expired visa crime. I did get to go to the ambassador window though! They held me there for a while, which was visibly annoying to some  important people in that line behind me. Eventually they gave me a hard stare and stamped me in, as Borat would say, “Very nice!”

08

Feb

The Last Days at I Kids’ Park and Student Snaps

So this Friday ended my last full week of work at I Kids’ Park. I will go in on Monday and Tuesday and then I’ll be finished up. It’s a strange feeling. I’m excited to have some free time to do some photo work and relax, but mostly I’ll be busting my hump preparing for a move to Bhutan.

It’s hard for it to sink in that after Tuesday, I won’t see any of the kids anymore. I’m really sad about that! I’ve grown very attached to some and I think I’m going to be lost without them for a while! I took some pictures on Friday and I’m planning on taking some more on Monday and Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some images as I have time to process them. Until then, here is a series of images I put together of Helen. I don’t have her in class but she comes to see me almost everyday before classes start and I think she is a special person, and cute too!

 

Helen - February 6th, 2009

Helen - February 6th, 2009