Tuesday, March 11, 2008

More Pictures of Spring Being Born

It's getting prettier and prettier every day here in Gyeongju, now that spring is finally getting out of bed.

Cate and Mark gave me a bike, which I finally figured out the kickstand on, so today I rode home from school instead of walking. It felt terrific. It's the perfect temperature out, so you don't need a coat, but you don't get sweaty doing anything active, either. Perfect weather for bike riding! I'm planning to leave a little early for my afternoon classes so I can take advantage of the weather and have a bit of a ride.

This evening, three of us teachers are going out to dinner. We're being taken out by the parents of a student that we all have. I'm a little nervous, since I will be kind of on display tonight, but I anticipate good food and a general good time. We're going to a Chinese restaurant. I'm hoping to have something I haven't tried yet.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"