Then, at 8:00 this morning we were picked up by Irish's principal for a tour of the city with teachers from her campus. I was impressed with all the people who had been drinking more than Mountain Dew being up and ready so early. We took a lot of pictures today, I've included a fair number of them here.
August is still not great at riding busses quietly and peacefully. Below is Miller, the Chinese teacher at Irish's school trying to make sense of the high energy that we are used to every day. (Miller is the teacher of Chinese language, and he is from Nanjing- so he is "the Chinese teacher" in both senses)
Next stop was a Buddhist temple. There was a service going on, chanting and bells and all, so Irish reminded me to stay quiet.
|Irish asked me to pose for my senior photo. So I did.|
|A hot hot day, they were already starting to wilt. Irish said this might be our Christmas card photo.|
Jumping up to be photographed in mid air is very popular:
And people enjoy photographing our children, a lot! After a while it got a little weird and I started wondering if people genuinely thought they were famous in some way. If this continues it might be an adjustment for them when they are back in the United States and they just blend into the crowd only photographed by their parents.
Eventually we found some room, tried to cool off in the shade, watched a changing of the guard which was a sort of historical reenactment since there are no King or Queen in the palace to guard these days.
After the palace we went over to Insadong, a neighborhood nearby with lots of little shops. We had lunch there, a big Korean meal, lots of kimchi, fish, chicken, bulgogi. and enough air conditioning that I started to feel cold which was nice.
After lunch Irish went shopping while her principal Patrick and I took the kids for a walk. We watched people make candy, got some ice cream, went to a Starbucks where we sat in the front window and the kids played a game with Patrick- waving to people as they walked by to see who would wave back and who wouldn't. Almost everyone smiled and waved back.
Finally Irish got back and we stopped at a cosmetics store that had a prison theme. The salespeople kept giving the kids candy which they liked, and Irish got handcuffed to the clerk who was helping her, which was strange.
And then, we had a long bus ride, followed by a car ride home.
Back in Suji I got pizzas which I found out could be delivered. After eating half a slice August was at his limit at 5:45.
He woke up when we tried to move him to bed, he insisted he wasn't tired and wanted to keep eating. And then nodded off again. Eventually they were all in bed by 7:00 and I expect them to sleep late. At least I want them to sleep late. More likely August will be in our room by six to let us know he would like his diaper changed.
It was a long day, a fun day. And now I am ready to go to sleep early too.