mosquito eyeballs mixed with bat shit

Ahh… I am once again connected. I’ve actually got the fastest internet connection I’ve ever had, which is really pretty cool as far as I’m concerned. Hopefully this will lead to more regular postings, and will inspire me to finally upload the many photos of Seoul I’ve been meaning to upload for many weeks now. Not having the internet for so long made me realize that I really don’t like not having the internet for so long — let’s all pray that this never happens again.

I started a new job at a elementary school hogwan this afternoon — a Monday/Wednesday/Friday job for about three hours each day. The school is tragically disorganized, but this is something that I’ve come to accept in the Korean hogwan system. I’ve decided that I can deal with disorganization for eight hours a week and lots of money, just not for thirty hours a week and relatively little money.

The students in my first class told me that Chinese people eat mosquito eyeballs mixed with bat shit. I asked them how they get the eyeballs out of the mosquitos, and they told me that they squeeze them with tweezers. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I believed them for a bit, as they all corroborated one another remarkably well and played me like a damn fiddle. I suppose I was also fooled by the brilliant abstractness of mosquito eyeballs mixed with bat shit — unusual, certainly, but completely implausible? The Chinese have been known to eat live monkey brains and rat embryos, who’s to say they wouldn’t eat mosquito eyeballs mixed with bat shit?

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