A lot has been happening since my last post, so this is a bring you up to date blog.
Friday July 11th: It was a long day to begin with. I got up around 8ish, to go receive the results of my physical (and if you're interested, I'm okay in Korean health). Got the results, came back, went to work, and got off around 8:15ish. Then Absolut, which is a vodka company, was throwing a bash at a club in Haeundae and me, my foreign co-workers,W and some other people ended up going. We ended up leaving around 1:30am because.... (we totally had a blast too!)
Saturday July 12th: Got up at 6:30am. We had a school weekend conference in Seoul. So all of the teachers had to be at the meeting spot at 7:30 in order to make our train. Not everyone was there at 7:30. It was a mad house with the Korean teachers. (Let me say this, Koreans panic over everything, just about the way they panicked over mad cow disease. It's exhausting.) I was running down the subway, up the subway, get into an taxi, get out of the taxi, run back into the subway, turn left, turn right, ect. That's really how it went. On the way to Seoul I learn a new vocabulary word as well: Klogic. Klogic is Korean and logic mashed together. I'll give you an example; Women who wear high heels to an amusement park (the amusement park is coming up next) would be known as Klogic. BTW, all Korean women here wear high heels, no matter what, or with what attire. It really is a mind boggling thing to watch every day, but that's Klogic. Then we all get to Seoul, minus one because she didn't make it, and sit for 7 hours talking in a circle. It was a twiddle my thumbs moment, that lasted for hours. After that was over, we drank because that is what you do here. You get drunk with the head honchos and have a dandy time, and then you go to bed around 2am.
Sunday July 13th: Get up at 7:30am (this was the weekend that never ended) to go to Everland. Everland is an amusement park. I was dreading it before hand because I was told that in order to ride one of the 3 rides there, you wait in a line for 2 hours. Well me and my lets go attitude wasn't going to have that. The longest we had to wait in line was about 40 minutes and that was for the big wooden roller coaster. We had so much fun though. Oh! And Everland has a ski lift. Since it's based on a couple of mountains, they have a ski lift to take you one of the tops, to one of the bottoms. The lay out of this place is huge, but the amount of big rides that have lacks. Never the less, it was a free trip to an amusement park so I'm not complaining - too much. My only complaint was that all the foreigners sweated out a lake, and then we had to ride like that all the way back home. (Just to let you know, foreigners sweat so much more than Koreans. It's so incredibly humid here, that I walk around drenched most of the time. So walking around an amusement park in the middle of the afternoon was like swimming in sweat, and ultimately a death sentence for us all.) We get home around 9:30pm, and that is the end of the weekend.
Monday July 14th: Right after work, I went to the grocery store to grab a couple of things that I needed. Walking down an isle a Korean man is staring at me, and finally I've just gotten used to it. Most 60 year old Korean men stare at me. But as I'm walking past him on his right, and he's walking on my left, I see him raise his arm forward like a pendulum. I'm thinking Klogic. Turns out that when I past him, he slaps me on my ass. I turn around to look at him and he raises his eye brows, like "hey baby" kind of raising eye brows. I couldn't do anything but laugh and go on my way.
Tuesday July 15th: I named a kid in one of my classes. She is a new student, and didn't have an English name, so I was thrown on the spot to name her. It was weird. Ultimately, I named her Elizabeth.
Wednesday July 16th: Got up around 8am to finally go register for my alien card. Left for the subway around 8:45 and was on my merry way. In order to get to Busan Immigration, via subway, I had to switch lines. As I'm switching lines trying to find my way thru, one of the 4 foot nothing ladies starts screaming at me in Korean. Klogic. Eventually found my way to immigration, took longer than what I wanted, but in about 10 days, this whole alien card mess should be done and taken care of. Getting back on the subway was interesting. I happen to sit next to an old man, relatively 60, and he was praying the rosary. A Catholic Korean. It just struck me as peculiar. Then work it was off to work.
It's now Thursday, July 16th at 9:15am. I'm on my way to find HomeEver. I tried last night, but failed. I'm getting more and more used to trying to find a place, and failing at actually ending up there. I figure I'll find it at some point. I'm not running madly from mad cow disease or bird flu.