After a 2 hour bus ride to NY, a 5 hour flight to San Francisco, a 12 hour flight to Inceon, and another hour bus ride or so to Seoul, I have a officially made it safely to Seoul. It feels great to finally be here and surrounded by hundreds of people who are doing the same thing as me. I will be staying at Kyung Hee University for the next ten days in a dorm room. I have a roommate and it feels exactly like college all over again.
After a 13 hour plane ride I was absolutely exhausted but was happy to see many fellow teachers on the flight and we made our way through the airport. The best news of the day was that all of my luggage arrived in one piece. After collecting my luggage and exchanging my money I went to the desk for all incoming teachers and met my recruiter that I had been in contact with over the past few months. He gave me a free cell phone and my free gift (a pen!) The good news is that all of my incoming calls are free (even international!) I proceeded to the university and was showered with more warm welcomings and gifts from all of the university staff. The dorm is clean and I am sharing it with one roommate. So far the cultural things that are going to be hard to get used to are:
1.) Not wearing shoes in the dorm room (they are extremely clean)
2.) Taking a shower in the middle of the bathroom without a shower curtain
3.) Not being able to flush toilet paper
4.) Everything is in Hangul!! (a lot is in English too but communication is going to be a challenge)
5.) Adjusting to a 13 hour time difference (It’s already Wednesday!)
6.) Putting your dorm key in a slot to keep the electricity on and all of the lights go on and off automatically!
At this point I am just looking forward to starting the day and meeting new people. Today I have a medical check-up and some lectures. The last day of the orientation I will find out what school I am placed in and where I will be living. The temperature is the same as CT, very humid. – 안녕히가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo) -Goodbye!