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Wendy: Korea - Tomato Soup and Office Things



Mm, okay I have a story for you. You see, before I moved to South Korea I was quite obsessed with tomato soup. In fact, it was something I ate at least 2 times a week, often with grilled cheese to accompany and crushed crackers inside. I'm telling you, the stuff is better than dessert. Anyway, I've literally been searching for the stuff since we moved from the States and no luck. Even when we went to Thailand I looked at every place imaginable and honestly, I can't believe Southeast Asians are willing to miss out on the vegetably goodness.

Okay I have to admit to something: I found some tomato soup at "foreigner" grocery store in Itaewon maybe 3 months ago, but I didn't buy it because I figured it wasn't that difficult to find and I wasn't looking very hard. AND the can was like 10 pounds and like 15,000 won and I really didn't feel like doling out that kind of money or carrying a weight around for the rest of the afternoon.

Fast foward to this week. I finally thought, "HEY! We can try to make tomato soup!" Well, ladies and gents, I'm definitely a genius because that is the best idea I've ever had in my life. So David and I got all the supplies necessary and whipped up a batch of tomato soup (made from scratch) which fresh tomatoes and all.

It. tasted. like. heaven. We even splurged on 5 pieces of American cheese ($2ish) to make grilled cheese. I will be making this at least once a week from here on out. I think it will get me through the hard times. Picture:


I apologize for not setting my white balance. I was too excited.

Oh, and one last thing. I know this whole post has been randomly composed but it fits with my current mood.

I mentioned before we left for Thailand that I had rearranged my office at work and wanted to post pictures. Never got around to doing that. So, yesterday I rearranged my classroom (just the desk area) and took pictures of everything. I honestly love my workspace here in Korea, it's so quirky and fun and the open space/splashy colors make for a fun day:

My Korean Classroom

My office - the desk space is in the corner there.

My Korean Classroom

Better view of the desk space area. There are two desks and I'm unsure as to why that is so.

I'm the only one who sits in there! The students sit on the green/yellow sofa thing when I give them speaking tests. I love my little corner.

My Korean Classroom

Welcome to English Class! A view from the door.

My Korean Classroom

My classroom and office are separated by foggy glass doors which is very convenient.

My Korean Classroom

And a view from the back of the classroom.

The tables are nice but conducive to chatter which is a huge drawback.

My Korean Classroom

My desk in the classroom.

I share it with the co-teacher, but since Young Shin had her baby it's all mine.

My Korean Classroom

A view of the classroom from my desk.

And while we're on the topic of classrooms, I thought I'd share a book that came in from a recent order. It's an "Alice in Wonderland" book which I love anyway, but this one is a popup and so fun! I have it proudly on display in my office so it won't collect dust on the bookshelf:

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Seriously, how rad?



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