One of the things I always liked about my job at Lost River Caverns (among other things, of course!) was that you were guaranteed a cake and an impressive rendition of "Happy Birthday" on your natal day. I wouldn't want to work at a place that didn't bother to stop and celebrate your birthday.
Sherlock Academy did not disappoint—my partner teacher bought a blueberry (!) cake (complete with candles) and a cute little card, and my students sang "Happy Birthday" (in English). I also picked up some adorable birthday presents, including a necklace, a miniature notebook, a plastic folding fan, and candy. One of my students gave me a shoulder rub, and another made a sign that said "I want presents" and taped it to my back.
After work, all the foreigners and a few of the Koreans went out for 닭갈비 (dak galbi), complete with soju and beer. One of the Korean teachers mentioned to me that a class I started teaching for her recently (to cover the gap between one teacher leaving and another teacher arriving) likes me a lot. "They think you're really kind," were her exact words. "They liked Conor, too, but they said sometimes he frightened them."
Too bad I have to hand them over next week.
But I should be getting a birthday package tomorrow! After more customs bullshit than was necessary. Still—better an arrival at my door on Saturday instead of having to wait until Monday.
“next bus outta here”
2 years ago