I had been in a picture taking funk since returning to Korea, but the festivities seem to have awakened the wannabe photographer in me again.
I took lots of great pictures, especially of the dancers. You should look at the whole album:
|Andong Mask Festival 2008|
After the dance performances, Min Gi and I drank 동동주 (dongdongju), a traditional Korean rice wine that I was first introduced to by Sa Beom Nim, but has grown on me quite a bit since then. I have been in a funk. A really bad one. On the Friday night before this trip I started crying uncontrollably when I got home from taekwondo and didn't stop for over an hour. I didn't know what was wrong. Kelly, Leah, and Min Gi all talked me through it and then I headed out with Kelly to meet people for Rick's goodbye party, and I felt better, but had been in a HUGE funk the whole weekend because of this breakdown and other issues.
So we talked about it. What's on our minds lately. Min Gi asked when I was going to leave Korea.
I said I didn't know (I honestly don't). When I took this job, I had a feeling I would really like it--enough to do it more than the one-year contract I signed for. And I think that feeling has been more than confirmed in the past few weeks. The kids, the co-workers, and the atmosphere really suit me. I also like my new studio and neighborhood a lot.
But I told him about what my plans had been after that--teaching in other countries and things like that. And he asked me if I'd think about staying. Or take him with me to those other countries.
So now I'm thinking. I have a lot of time to think, fortunately. And in the meantime, I intend to have a blast.