AMDF #5 – Rings on her fingers and bells on her…..Ankles!! – Sir Lanka

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After familiarising ourselves with the festival and spending a small fortune it was time to watch some dancing. We got up early and headed for the festival site ready to catch Sri Lanka  on the Maskdance stage at 11:30am. We entered the Maskdance arena and discovered it was set out … Read More

AMSF #4 – Dancing the night away

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After having a ‘little sleep’ (literally 15 minutes) at the hotel we headed back to the festival site for the evenings entertainment. We had picked out something on the program called ‘Maskdance Competition’ and figured it would be worth a look. We got to the stage and found it surrounded … Read More

AMDF #3 – Exploring the festival site

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Our first full day in Andong and it was time to find the festival site. This looked set to be quite an adventure after the fun and games we had finding the hotel! From the main street we could see massive balloons in the air with the festival logon on, … Read More

Andong Maskdance Festival #2 – Arrived

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We arrived in Andong and made our way out of the station and onto the street. Our map (printed from the hotel website) showed the hotel should be about 500 yards down the road from the train station and opposite the bus station. We came to the bus station were … Read More

A lack of content

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Just a short post to apologise for not updating this blog much latley. Things have been very busy. I moved house last Sunday and it was soooooo dirty I have spent the last week cleaning it in preperation for Katrina’s arrival later today. Also I was ill last week and … Read More

Andong Maskdance festival #1 – The journey

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The maskadance festival seems ages ago now, but this is the first opportunity I have had to blog it, so here is the first installment. We left on the Tuesday of Ch’usok ? a good day because it was before the Koreans started traveling as many of them had to … Read More

Killed for reporting?

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I’ve just been browsing the BBC website, catching up on the happenings on the other side of the world when I came across a story about the inquest into the death of the ITN journalist, Terry Lloyd, killed in Iraq in 2003. (BBC story here.) The inquest found that Mr … Read More

The other side of the blackboard

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Sitting in a disruptive class trying to ignore the messing around it occurred to me that I was suddenly on the other side of the black board (so to speak). After spending what feels like my whole life (well I guess technically it has been my whole life) in education … Read More

Hanbok – Traditional Korean dress

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The day before the Ch’usok holiday most of the Kindergerten kids came into school dressed in traditional Korean dress or Hanbok (pickies below) – they looked adorable. They only had one of their three normal lessons on this day, the rest of their day was spent learning about Ch’usok (I … Read More

The Harvest Moon Festival or Ch’usok

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Getting there. I’m only about a week behind on blogging now and this weekend should be pretty quiet so hopefully I’ll be up to date by the middle of next week. Anyway had to put these pictures up because the children look soooooooooooooo cute!!! Did I just say that – … Read More

Ganghwa Island

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The day of the trip to Ganghwa Island arrived. After trying to communicate to Mr Kim that Emily would also be coming he still looked slightly surprised when there were three rather than just two of us. We piled into the back of Mr Kim’s car and began the 30 … Read More

Drinking with Koreans

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In a true representation of how rubbish I have been at blogging over the last few weeks this post goes back to something that happened almost three weeks ago. After meeting the other ‘foreigners’ in my area and going out drinking with them one Saturday night Rob unexpectedly turned up … Read More

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