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Greetings from South Korea!

Earlier in the semester, I had some amazing times in downtown Daegu that I would like to share! 

Firstly, I went to a South Korean baseball game! It was a match involving the Samsung Lions vs. another team from Dongsan. The Samsung Lions are the team of Daegu, and "Samsung" comes from the famous company that originated here that I am sure most of you are familiar with. The game was very energetic, and as opposed to American baseball, there is cheer leading involved throughout the game, and ironically it seems to be more intense. It was interesting because each player on the Samsung Lions had their own sort of theme song that everyone chanted while they were preparing to bat the ball. While I am not a hardcore baseball fan, I found myself caught up in this atmosphere. I attached some photos and a video! I went with my friends so it was a fun time. 

Hello, it has been a while!

These days I am studying for midterms, so it has been quite busy academically. However, I found the time to visit Gyeongju! This particular trip was really amazing. I'm sure you will find the pictures interesting, and I would also like to tell you a little bit about it.

The places in Gyeongju I visited were Bulguksa Temple, the Royal Tombs, and Mt. Namsan. The temple is Buddhist and has absolutely beautiful architecture. I could really feel the history and past of the place. Some keepers were tending to the areas inside the temple, but no cameras were allowed. The hills you can see are the royal tombs, and they were built for ancient royalty when there were separate kingdoms in Korea. This particular area belonged to the Silla dynasty, which comprised of the south-eastern part of the region. Tombs were built and then workers would dig all that dirt on top to create the mounds. Really crazy! One of the tombs were open for tourism, which was excavated, and there were neat little artifacts in there such as a golden crown, an ancient map and such. Sadly, no cameras allowed in there either. Also, hiking about halfway up Mt. Namsan, the scenery was absolutely beautiful. I look forward to having more interesting travels! I had another trip to Mt. Sobaeksan two days after, and I will share the photos in a next email.

 

Best regards,
Zachary



Here are some photos from my brief hiking trip at Mt. Sobaeksan. This place has Buddhist roots, as well. The day I went, it was a little foggy, and you can see it rolling over the mountains--really cool to see! On the way there, I saw the truly rural part of Korea, and it is so interesting to see the polarity between the modern cities and rural areas. It is a good reminder that Korea has only been truly rapidly modernizing for 50 years or so. 

Until next time!

Best regards,
Zachary

 

Read more about Zachary's adventures!

DOWNTOWN DAEGU

 

FIRST VISIT TO GYEONGJU

COLDER WEATHER AND MORE FOOD!

EXPERIENCES IN SOUTH KOREA

CHRISTMAS IN KOREA

Game Drive

We will continue to accept donations for our annual game drive through Friday, February 12! 
During February school vacation week, we will be holding game nights for the families living at the hotels we serve in Brockton and Weymouth. Families are invited to play games with volunteers and bring a new game back to their room to continue the fun. Donated games can be dropped off at our office, 100 Laurel Street, Suite 121, East Bridgewater. Click here for a flyer with more details. If you are interested in volunteering for a February game night, contact Matt Fortino.

We have already received donations of over 250 games--and expect many more--for the children living in the shelters where we tutor. We are looking forward to seeing their happy faces when we deliver the new games from our generous donors during school vacation week!


Tutor

Our fall tutoring session is about to end and we are looking for tutors for our next tutoring session, which runs from January 11 to May 19, 2016. We hope you will consider becoming a volunteer tutor. Our tutors are the heartbeat of School on Wheels!
 
Volunteers must go through our 3-hour training and commit to tutor once a week. Click here for more information about becoming a tutor. Click here if you would like to register for a tutor training session. If you have any questions about tutoring, please contact Stephanie St. Louis, 508-587-9091.



Michael Christian, the CEO for Risk Strategies, dropped off 50 Thanksgiving baskets at Father Bills and MainSpring in Brockton this week to support the families we serve living in family shelters. The contents of the holiday baskets were assembled by over 60 employees at their Boston headquarters.  The items in the baskets including $25 gift cards were donated by RSC employees with support from the RSC Charitable Foundation. Thank you Risk Strategies for helping families impacted by homelessness feel supported and cared about this holiday season. Your company's support makes a true difference in their lives!
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