The main downside of working at a hagwon (instead of a public school or a university) in Korea is that you have a lot less vacation time. Sometimes you don't even get the day off for national holidays (although this is in a legal gray area if it's one of the "red" days on the calendar). I was sad because Wednesday was an election day here in Korea and most people were getting off work, but Oedae was going to stay open. However, we got a happy surprise on Monday when Gwen said the other hagwons in the area were closed, so we would be, too! Yay!
Unfortunately, the weather sucked, so I didn't feel in a day-trip excitement mood. Instead I went to Costco to get the makings for fresh fruit smoothies.
You see, Korea has been in strawberry season for the last three weeks or so. It's been amazing. I am eating fresh strawberries almost daily and it has kicked in the urge for fruit, so when my friend Kelly said she was going to do a fruit fast, I thought I'd take up the opportunity to eat more healthy.
I bought a small blender on Tuesday and then Wednesday afternoon ventured out to Costco for plain yogurt, frozen berries, grapefruit. I also found some individual packed nut snacks that were too amazing to pass up and cat litter for the kitty. Then I went back to my house to experiment.
The key to a good fruit smoothie, as I learned from Kelly, is to use plenty of banana as a base. You can add peanut butter to taste if you like. I've made a grapefruit/orange smoothie with orange juice, various strawberry smoothies, and am now sipping on a fresh pineapple smoothie. Yum. What a perfect summer treat!