Last Glimpses of Iksan (For Now)

It’s funny, I use the word “last” there. My life as connected to Iksan is not over, of course. It’s a half hour away. So I don’t know why, but it does in some ways feel that way, as if I have made some kind of monumental move. It’s only a half hour away from Iksan. But now, I live in Jeonju. I suppose my time in Iksan is over in the sense of it being the place where I spend every day. Ah well. Here are some pictures I took there during the last days I spent in this little city where I made my life for 20 months.

Lunch With Min Jung

I met the friend who taught me Korean during 2002 for lunch before leaving Iksan. She’s become a high school English teacher in Pyeongtaek, near Suwon, but came home for a visit during the school holidays. I’m very proud of her for her achievements, and it was a good visit. She even gave me a good-luck present, a glass pig jar stuffed with over six hundred paper origami cranes (which she made herself). Both the cranes and the pig are signs of good luck, and I was touched by the present. It was a good visit with my old friend.

Out With The Morning Class

I also went out with my morning class. Let’s just say it was fun enough, and I managed somehow not to catch an epidemic disease related to the monarchy (Princess Disease) even though I met several infected persons in close proximity that evening.

Geumma Park

I also went to Geumma, a town near Iksan, twice last week. I went once to a park with Kimberley, Chong Sook, and Ju Young. (And various dogs.)

Young Ja

I met Young Ja for a beer on Wednesday night. It was all good news on her part, and I was happy to hear it. I will miss our swimming classes, and hanging out in Iksan with her. Of course, because of some recent changes in her life, she has a lot of reasons to come to Jeonju now, so I happily shall see her around here. It’s a good thing!

Geumma Again, With Kyu Jin

Once more I went to Geumma, this time with Kyu Jin. You may remember her from the soccer game I attended in Jeonju. She has never been my student but she’s very cool and I think well of her. We went to a wonderful cafe in Geumma called NongDi, and enjoyed the quiet of that place as well as the decor and the kids wandering around the cafe. It was a good talk. I look forward to our next visit. She also gave me a very cute little crossstitched pig thing to attach to my cell phone. I’ll get a pic of it up once my computer is fixed.

Sae Yoon

On Thursday, I had dinner with my student Sae Yoon. She’s a photo nut and also a very nice young lady. She’s volunteered to shoot pictures of Dabang Band sometime, and I wish we’d met sooner before I left Iksan. Anyway, it was good to see her again.

2 thoughts on “Last Glimpses of Iksan (For Now)

  1. Hi, Gord.

    Nice pics~. was it around Shin-dong? I assumed from a signboard, “신동제일맥스칸”. Well, I’ve never been to Geumma Park, I think it was built after I left Ik-San. I gotta go visit there. photos look nice.

    I hope you’re settling in Jeon-ju nicely.


  2. Sun Hwa!

    Yes, the pics were from all around Shindong, mostly just around my old neighborhood. I lived in Shindong Jae-Il.

    I am settling okay in Jeonju. Because I’m a new teacher (and so unknown to the students), and I guess because of some quirk of scheduling, I got a bunch of nearly-empty classes; more amusingly, because of legal documents, I’m not actually allowed to teach this week. So I’m just walking into classes, starting the class with the announcement “I am not teaching until next week!”, introducing myself, showing the kids the books they need, and then sending them on their way.

    I’ll post more about Jeonju soon. How are things in Seoul? And when are you going to send me your blog’s address? Have you updated it yet? ^^

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