One of our preschool field trips recently was to an aquarium. It was kind of a lame aquarium. There weren't many fish to see and what fish there were far from spectacular. Some might even use the word LAME, or wait, I said that already. But maybe I'm being too harsh. The aquarium was located in Yangpyeong, a decidedly podunk town in the middle of nowhere (yep, we live in the sticks). The day was still quite cool, but not unbearably so.
|On our way into the aquarium.|
|the children weren't really sure what to do at the aquarium.|
|Notice how I'm having to hold Jearom's head so that he's looking at the camera. That child!|
After the inside of the aquarium became an atrium for wildly screaming and outrageously bored children, we went outside to have our snacks. The students came prepared with snacks for the picnic that were prepared by their mothers. When I think of picnic food, and maybe once again, this is the pompous American coming out again, but I think of watermelon, among various fruits. I think of cheese and crackers, and generally healthier type foods. However, what the kids brought were entirely different from what I imagined. Instead of summer sausage and delectable treats, they brought junk food. They were sent to school for their picnic snack with sweetened chips, packaged dry, tasteless cookies, and other such Korean packaged goodies. I was actually quite surprised at the lack of freshness filling our picnic blanket. There was only one mom who sent fruit, and non of the kids showed any interest in it.
|the students kept giving us their hats to hold because they were tired of wearing them. Of course, I then put them on my head!|
After lunch we visited the fish tanks. One of the circular tanks with a diameter of no more than 10 feet, had sharks. We weren't allowed to feel them though, just stare and point. The kids enjoyed feeding the fish, but after ten minutes of children pouring cupfulls of fishfood into the tanks, the fish became uninterested, and the water became absolutely saturated with uneaten food.