Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mamma Mia!

A recent informal poll among us female foreignors revealed that a surprising number of us are ABBA fans. So, last night about fifteen of us went to see "Mamma Mia," which has finally arrived in Korean movie theaters. Of course, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Farrell certainly added to the attraction for us...

The movie was cute, mindless, and fun. The only thing that really bothered me about it was that they took one of my favorite songs from the Broadway soundtrack - "Thank You for the Music" - and hid it in the closing credits. Overall, we had a great "Girls' Night" at the movies.

An added bonus last night was getting to meet two new girls who have just arrived, both of whom are quite nice. We just recently had to say farewell to a few fantastic people, all of whom will be missed. That's one of the few downsides of life over here - you meet great people, but they can't stay forever!

Earlier in the day (on Wednesday), I had a discussion with the kindergartners that simply has to be repeated. I am currently teaching the older kindies about fruits and vegetables. To generate some conversation, I was asking the kids about which vegetables they liked. Below is a "transcript" of the conversation that followed:

Me: "Amber, do you like carrots?"
Amber: "Yes, I do."
Me: "Do you like onions?"
Amber: "Yes, me like EVERYTHING, teacher. Me pig!"
Sam: "Me EVERYTHING, too, teacher! Me elephant!" [He just had to one-up Amber!]
Lynn: "Teacher, me too EVERYTHING! Me is...[there was a long pause while she tried to figure out what would trump an elephant]...Teacher, me is DINOSAUR!

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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"