Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I got placed today! Here's the short of it:
School: Co-ed, Public, High School
Size: 383 students in the school
Class size: 20-25 (15 classes)
Gurye is pronounced "Goo-rlay" the "rl" sound is similar to rolling r's in Spanish.
This is what I found out initially. I was pretty happy with everything. I mean, I heard of some ETAs having close to 1,000 students with class sizes around 40.
So, I went online and looked up the school. Here is the link: http://www.gurye.hs.kr/
It's all in Korean, but the photo album on the first page is pretty entertaining. I was getting excited; there were pictures of kids doing lots of sports.
But I knew nothing of Gurye. So. I did a quick online search and had to pick my jaw up from off of the floor.
First of all, on the preference survey, I left everything blank except for the "Open Comments" section where I wrote: "Put me in a place where I can run. If I cannot run I will, in all seriousness, go crazy. I am also a vegetarian."
Now, let me paint you a picture of Gurye. The average temperature ranges from 37-degrees to 66 degrees. Can someone say, "Perfect for running?" Oh, it gets better.
Gurye is surrounded by a famous mountain on one side and a natural spring lake on the other. It's described as a "small, picturesque farm town." Wait for it. Wait for it. They are vegetarian-friendly. They have a working Buddhist Temple on the side of the mountain. Score.
Anyways, it's better than anything I could have imagined. Here is the Gurye web site (in English, this time) if you are curious. Gurye and the mountain surrounding Gurye are the tourist center on that side of Korea...
Thanks for reading, that's all for now!