We made it!
After a 13 hour direct flight, a 5 hour layover, and another one hour flight, we finally made it to Masan on Thursday. Here’s our update!
– We met an awesome girl named Laura at the consulate while we were picking up Ross’s visa (finally! I still have to write about what happened, I’ll get to that), and she happened to be on both our flights, so we hung out with her. It was her first time going to Korea, so we were able to help her go through immigration and get food and such. Although I don’t think she needed that much help, she seemed so comfortable right away. 🙂 She took a job in Busan, so we’re gonna be close and we’ll be able to hang out.
– We got to the school after our recruiter picked us up from the airport. Dylan has been so helpful with everything, and I would recommend him as a recruiter for anyone. He works for DFL Recruiting. Let me know if you want his contact.
– Our neighbourhood (Samgye) is kind of like a small suburb of Masan, with a much different feel then Songchon-dong in Daejeon. There are definitely more stores and taller buildings then in Songchon-dong, because SCD was all restaurants. Hopefully soon we will meet more people in our area.
– Our school is very very nice, all wood with U-shaped desks and nice teachers. We didn’t teach at all on Thursday, the school let us unpack and rest and do what we needed to do.Vicki and Paul, the teachers we are replacing, took us around the neighbourhood, showing us where stuff is. I hope they’re able to come back to the area.
– We were super jetlagged, but we needed a sheet for the bed, so we ventured to Homeplus in the middle of the city, and ended up having to spend 60,000 won on a fitted sheet. *sigh* Too much money for something we could have got at home for $10, but oh well.
– We fell asleep at 6:30pm. I ended up waking up at 1:00am, thinking that it was 5:00am or something, but nope, it was 1. Didn’t get back to sleep until 4am. I still don’t think my internal clock is right…. woke up again at 7:30am.
– We taught on Friday for three hours. We shared our classes, and didn’t really teach – we just played a riddle game with them, and the Korean teachers helped to translate if the kids had trouble. It was interesting, and I think our kids are gonna be a lot of fun to work with.
– We headed out to Daejeon Friday night, taking a bus from Masan to Daejeon. It takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to get there, so it’s not such a bad trip. We slept the entire way. It was nice!
– Getting to see everyone in Daejeon has been the best thing about returning to Korea, I think. We ate dinner at the dalk galbi place beside Dada’s, then dropped our bags off at Kim and Bart’s, then headed to Dada’s for a drink, then went to Dunsan-dong to hang out. We didn’t last long there, because we were super tired, but we got to see a lot of people which was super awesome. Made me feel like we were home.
– Today we went on a walk, and got accosted three times by kids, saying ‘hi!’ and ‘nice to meet you!’ and ‘what’s your name?’. Made me feel like a super star. LOL
– Dinner tonight will be at the smoke house, then we’re gonna head back to Masan tonight so tomorrow we can go food shopping and relax before our week starts.
And that’s it! That’s what has happened so far. No pictures, because we’re not shooting pics with our digital cameras, we’re using our new lomography cameras. So we have to get the film developed. But that’s okay, because the pictures will be wonderful. I will try to post pics ASAP though, so everyone can get a feeling of what it’s like in Masan.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!! Miss everyone at home already….