Students’ PE Competition

Students’ PE Competition

I got to to to a PE competition last week at the stadium here in Daejeon.  It was actually inside a gym.  There were 4 schools there, with all blind or special needs students.  And all the students were high school or adult age.  I got to ride in the front seat of the van.

They were playing music before it started, and they played Stars and Stripes Forever.  That song brings back memories.  I played the piccolo for that song several different times, and it is by far the hardest piccolo part ever.

Everyone standing up, singing the national anthem and  listening to all the speeches made by the principles.  I think the principal speeches are a Korean thing because it happens anytime there is an assembly of some sort.

Some of the teachers.  It was SO SO SO cold that we all kept on our outer gear.  I had on my down coat, scarf, and gloves the whole time.  There was NO heater at all.  It was literally colder inside than outside.  And when you had to go to the bathroom?  Watch out.  Your hiney might freeze.  Literally.

It was funny to see grown adults playing PE games.

See?  It’s cold.

My boxed lunch….cold fish (it was pretty good), hot rice, kimchi, soup, more kimchi, and little fishies.  Needless to say, I didn’t eat much.  I mainly helped a co-teacher with her lunch.  She’s blind and needed help getting all the wrapping off.  So I tried to keep myself busy so I wouldn’t keep looking at my unappetizing lunch.

Hula-hooping contest

We got snacks before we left, and the snacks were WAY better than the lunch!

Then it was time to go home.  For some reason, there was no room for a handful of us (don’t ask me where our van went), so we waited outside in the freezing cold for about 30 minutes before the bus came back to get us after dropping off the first load of people.  I was glad to get in the nice, warm bus.

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