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As you know, aquatic therapy is one of our specialties here at North County Water and Sports Therapy. After our busy summer with aquatic therapy patients, I’ll be traveling to the other end of the globe to share a little of my expertise in this field. On Nov. 1, I’ll hop on a plane headed all the way to Seoul, South Korea, for a repeat visit to the Seoul Community Rehabilitation Center. This trip has become something of a tradition, and I look forward to it every time it approaches on my calendar. I believe deeply in continuing education, and it’s even better when you can combine it with cultural exchange. I have to be honest, the first time I went to South Korea, I brought some preconceived notions along with my luggage. For whatever reason, I had no idea how the nation would react to my lectures. The center I teach at focuses on patients with disabilities, and I wasn’t sure what it would look like or what the attitude of the instructors would be. Upon arrival, I realized the facilities were top-notch, and the staff was welcoming. They want to do everything they can to improve the care they provide. South Korea also has a culture of valuing education that I really admire. Just like the therapists I teach in the U.S., those in Seoul have a passion for educating and helping their patients in any way they can. Even speaking through an interpreter, it was clear that everyone was eager to take away as much from my lessons as they could. Now, that’s not to say there aren’t challenges that arise on these trips. There is an ingrained culture of deference over there that took some getting used to. At every turn, there is someone offering to help you carry your bags or treat you like a dignitary. I found this ceremonial austerity a little hard to get past, but once I did, I found people who wanted to laugh and have fun in addition to learning. There are a few things I’ve learned now that I’m a seasoned traveler to Seoul. I’m definitely a foodie, but I don’t have a huge tolerance for spicy foods. Luckily, I’m now wise to the fact that anything red in color could signal a five-alarm fire for my taste buds. Some of my favorite Korean dishes A VISIT TO ANOTHER CULTURE Teaching and Learning in South Korea
include bibimbap and bulgogi. I also love Asian pears, so I end up eating more than my fair share during my visits. Additionally, there is a bakery at the facility that employs people with disabilities. It’s really cool to see, and I always order a few pastries. If I take in a few extra calories during the trip, I can always burn them off teaching in the pool. When I get back, I’ll have a few weeks to get ready for Thanksgiving here in San Diego. I don’t want to scandalize anyone reading this, but I couldn’t care less about turkey. However, there are a few Thanksgiving recipes that have become classics in my household. Chief among them is my cranberry almond tart. I was actually thinking of including the recipe in this newsletter, but it’s a little too complicated to fit in our recipe space. If you’re curious about it, feel free to give us a call and I’ll print a copy for you. I hope that everyone reading this has a wonderful holiday and plenty to be thankful for this year. I know that I’m extremely grateful to do a little education while I learn about another culture. Very few things feel more gratifying than combining teaching and learning. I also want to send a sincere thank you to all of our wonderful patients. Even when I’m half a world away, I never forget how lucky we are to serve you.
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