The World Cup starts tonight. And yet again, and as with any international sporting event hosted at a different longitude, I'm faced with the challenge of planning my schedule around a different country's time zone.
Luckily, 2 out of 3 matches will kick off before midnight Korea time. The third match, though, airs daily at the ungodly hour of 3:30 AM. For weekend matches this won't be a problem. Rare is the Saturday that sees me in bed before 5AM. But the weekday matches are another story. You can never predict the big plays, the upsets, the accidents or the tragedy, and so I'll feel compelled to watch every minute. I can already see the rags of work motivation I currently wear slowly melting away.
I asked one of my co-teachers about the school environment around time of the World Cup. "The principal will give the teachers a pass," she said. For what? "For sleeping at their desks."
Since all of the teachers already zonk out at their desks without hesitation and at any time (including the teacher quoted above), I assume - and hope - that this means we'll be allowed to sleep in class.
Here's the full world cup schedule (in K-time):
For more detail visit the Fifa World Cup match page and click on "convert to your time" at the top.