"I'm gonna keep going until someone yells at me."
Seoul, South Korea
Ok so now that I've finally had some time to sit down, I can update the blog.
So the past 4 days really all I've done is work. 14 hour days with noo breaks for food. It's obvious why asian women are so much skinnier than me. Pretty sure it's not worth it. They all seem very unhappy.
Literally no one even seems to be thinking about food. I feel like I've been borderline abused just because I haven't eaten in 6 hours, and to everyone else its an afterthought. So obviously on the second day I packed a sandwich and a yogurt, and a juice box. Then I was made fun of because of my big lunch ... god this is gonna be a long year.
The first day Anna and I were on our own, we ended up having to take a bus to the hospital to get a health check done for our school. Thinking we could handle it, we took a bus to get there, and ended up 40 minutes away at the airport we came in on. We had to call our director from a payphone that we just started dumping change into, since we had no idea how much it cost. Her response was "That was the stupidest thing you could've done." I think it was meant kind of jokingly, but I dont enjoy the humor. We definitely need to learn some basic phrases as soon as possible...
Also along the lines of money, they only have a $1000, $5000 $10000 and $50000 bill. I have already given my 50,000 bill twice when I meant to give a 5000. If I go broke, thats gonna be why.
But besides that unintentional adventure, we have been worked to the bone already. Preparing 4-8 weeks of lesson plans in 3 days is ... a lot.
Today was the first day Anna and I got to check out the island we're living on, Yeouido. We walked for about 4 hours checking out the sites. We have quickly learned that Koreans have no sense of "ladies first" or even "if you were here first you go first" It's every-man-for-himself-land. I was walking through the door witha full comforter blanket in my arms, and not one guy held the door for me. If you're getting on the bus, everyone squeezes in as fast as possible. At one time, Anna and I were following this asian girl into the elevator... and she pushed the door close button on us. Anna's backpack was literally stuck in the doors. We were dying. Asian girl was not amused.
So anyway, today, we had a man let us go in front of him onto the bus. Even after 5 days, I already found this surprising. I can only imagine what a rude b**** i'm gonna be after a year spent here. So we find out, a minute later, that he's American (needless to say we thought that already. No Korean man would have waited the 2 seconds for the ladies to go) and a pastor at this HUGEE church that is basically a street over from our apartment building. Not only is this church "huge" ... its literally the biggest church in the world with 3/4 of a million people who belong to the congregation. Anna and I are going on sunday to check out the scene! Pretty psyched.
The rest of the day, we checked out Yeouido Park and the Han River, because yes, I'm within walking distance of these places I studied in Global class. CrAZYYy.
Walking around was beautiful, but getting in was the most stressful part. There were guards and gates at every opening. We realllly didn't think we should have been in there, but without knowing any Korean, we can never respond to any people or signs telling us what to do and where to go. So we have been winging it left and right. But today in particular, we fell back upon the rule we quickly established for ourselves - "we're gonna keep walking until someone yells at us. Or draws a gun."