Sunday, June 8, 2008

What's with All These Migraines?!

I don't know what has changed recently, but for some reason, I had five days of migraines last week, and I'm starting off this week with one as well. I've been getting plenty of sleep, and I haven't been doing anything that should trigger migraines, so I'm at a loss as to why I'm suddenly getting bombarded by them. Believe me, teaching energetic little kids is REALLY hard when every sound makes you want to bite your tongue in two!

On a happier note, I got to go out for one of my favorites, dak galbi, on Thursday night. I think I've already described it, but for anyone who missed that entry, dak galbi is chicken, lettuce, rice cakes, and very very spicy sauce, which is best when eaten rolled up in lettuce leaves. It is cooked right at your table (in the middle of it, to be specific). My favorite part is the cheesy rice they make afterwards, using more of the sauce and, of course, an egg.

I didn't find out until Wednesday that this was a three-day weekend (Friday was the anniversary of D-Day, which is a holiday here). Thus, I didn't bother to make plans to go away. Since I stayed in Gyeongju, I was able to go to church on Saturday. I like the church I attend, mostly because the Koreans are so friendly. I just wish the English service was at a more convenient time!

Even though I didn't go anywhere, I still had a pleasant weekend. I recently discovered a local bookstore with a very small section of books in English (a rare treat, believe me), so I read two books this weekend, which was wonderful. If I could read books for a living, I would do it in a heartbeat! I also had a chance to call my parents, who are on vacation in Vancouver. I really miss getting to take vacations with my parents. We had our squabbles, and at times I admit I thought separate vacations might suit us better, but the memories are great.

Well, the headache is getting worse, so I'm going to go medicate myself and head for bed. I just hope it's gone before I face my kindergartners tomorrow.

Roses are currently blooming in profusion all over Gyeongju - I love walking past and inhaling the heavenly scent of all the blossoms!

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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"