Well today is officially the first day. It is currently 5:43 a.m. because I have severe jet lag and cannot sleep for the life of me. Also my apartment is extremely sad, bare and white with nothing on the walls so it's putting me in a state of depression. I guess I will just be forced to go shopping.
So I finally got into the city around 6pm last night. I met Anna who is awesome! We are both working in the same school and living in the same building ~ and probably going to do all our traveling together. She's from Georgia and is 25. She wants to do everything I want to do with traveling during breaks and possibly after our contract ends. We have Bhutan, India, Laos, and Thailand all as possibilities!
The plane ride was endless. I had no one to talk to. Unlike Anna, who met a 14 year old boy who was hilarious and I probably want to be best friends with. He taught her a few really helpful Korean phrases, like 'My name is' and 'thank you.' She told him she probably wouldn't remember them, so he asked her for her hand. He wrote a sentence in Korean. When she asked what it was, he told her it was "I no speak Korean," and to hold up her hand in the face of anyone who asked. I was cracking up, but I think we're both probably secretly considering it.
Nope, instead I sat next to a man (a seat apart mind you) who wore a hospital mask over his face the whole 13 hour flight. I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's just a germ-a-phobe and would be putting that on regardless of the fact that he was sitting next to the sole American on the plane, but who knows.
Getting around is going to be a challenge for sure. I neeed to learn some basic Korean. I think the only way I got to customs was by following the 5 other white people I saw in the airport. Yikes.
So the rest of the day was kind of a blur, it was about 5 am at home, so I was in serious need of sleep. We went to the grocery store, and I bought a few things. I already miss walmart, and am convinced the USA has the cheapest budget brands in the world. Great Value, I hold you forever close to my heart.
Tomorrow we are going to the hospital to get our health checks for our Korean Visa ID card. We can't eat before then, not even water? Which I thought I was gonna dehydrate and die so I may have drank a liter of it. After that we will go to our school and have training which will go on until Friday. I found out today though that each class has only 6 kids in it!! Such a relief. And I am actually quite excited.
Welllll, I am gonna try to sleep for the next hour before I have to wake up, since I will be busy til 7 tomorrow night. It was raining when we got in last night, so I hope it stops so I can actually see the cityyy. Also I am a half a mile from the Han river, and BEAUTIFUL running trails. YAY.