Sunday, June 3, 2012

Saturday Class Trip

By which I mean, not a class trip on Saturday, though it was, but a trip of my 'Saturday Class', which is a Public Speaking class for "the best and brightest" from throughout the Nambu (southern Seoul) district--or at least the best and brightest willing to give up most of their Saturday mornings for four months.
And, actually, that doesn't exclude very many of the brightest students, as this is seen as an outstanding opportunity for them--and it's free! The inaugural semester of the program, we had sixteen candidates, and accepted all sixteen. This is the fourth offering, and we had over 150 applicants, which was trimmed down to forty in the essay portion of the application process. There was then an interview session, and twenty-two were accepted into the class. Due to expeced attrition, we now have twenty, seen below:
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That photo was taken on our field trip on Saturday, which was a condensed, on-day version of the overnighter we took last semester (see the post here, with plenty of photos). We spent perhaps two hours less at the math institute and one hour less at Petit France, and managed to fit it all into one day.
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Petit France is a kind of educational/amusement facility located in the wilds of Gyeonggi-do an hour-plus from Seoul; admission for adults is 8,000 W. You could reasonably spend two or three hours being edutained, and another two or three hours getting there and back. They have periodic, very brief, marionette shows:
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... presented all in Korean. That would have to be one's biggest gripe about the place, if it is to give one the feel or aspect of a French village--the lack of French.
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It is, nonetheless, a very scenic spot, and does a good job taking advantage of the fact:
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And don't forget the nice collection of original Le Petit Prince artwork by Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
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2 comments:

Chris said...

Looks like the Nambu girls are smarter than the Nambu boys by about 2:1.

Tanner Brown said...

I hope you commended the hobbler on her Braves cap.