Well we moved into our apartment and it's exactly what we wanted! We were told it was a 2 bedroom but it's really a studio apartment with a loft bedroom. The loft is actually not tall enough for me to stand up in let alone Seth to stand up. But it's ok, there's plenty of storage that we can put things in. Two of our co-workers helped us move from the hotel to the apartment. Vanessa, who has been there the longest, showed us around the block because she has had friends to live in that place. She also showed us how to walk to school which is about a 20 min leisure walk. A little far but I need the exercise.
After we brought all our things into our place we went out and shopped for kitchen things. Vanessa told us that our boss was buying us kitchen things for our new place! How awesome is that? So we went to a big store first, called E Mart, it's a two story building comparable to Walmart. The first floor is all food and the second is all non perishable items. I don't know how long we were there but it was awhile. Afterwards we went to a store called Daiso ( pronounced Dice-so). It's pretty much the dollar store of Korea. That store was not nearly as big but still had three floors to go through. We bought all our dishware there and they are gorgeous! Seth actually picked them out. I will have to show them to you soon. Total we spent about 183,000 WON. Which is roughly $170. Pretty nice of our boss right?
Now our apartment is much smaller than our place in the states. I can get used to the smaller kitchen. There are a few things I will have to get used to. The main one is the bathroom. There's not a separate place for the shower. The entire 5x6 room is tiled and has a drain in the middle. The shower head is connected to the faucet in which you turn a handle to turn on the shower. There is a little medicine cabinet I keep things, but you never leave anything out unless you want it to get wet. But the water is great, my hair is super soft now :). oh and in order to have hot water you have to remember to push a button in the living room before you get in. Gotta remember that one.
The next thing to get used to is washing our clothes. We have a small washer under our stove (no oven, but I'll get to that later). It's small but will still hold a sheet set. No one has a dryer here. There's a whole aisle in EMart for washing things and half the aisle is drying racks you can buy. We need a rack but our loft area will do for now. I am going to have to learn how to do laundry all over again.
Last I am gonna have to learn how to cook without a stove and microwave. Yep we have neither one. I want to invest in a large toaster oven but that will have to come later on. We have a two burner stove and a sink and that's it! One of our co-workers said she lived in the states without a microwave or stove for over two years. So I'm not going to be cooking anything that I cooked last year. We are going to learn an entire new way of cooking. On the up side, eating out is suppose to be cheaper here but we haven't yet found the places that are super cheap. But we will!!
Well that's all for now, next time I will tell you about our experiences teaching and some odd facts we have learned about Korea already.
Till next time.