A Travellerspoint blog

July 1, 2008

July 1st

So last night, on the ride into Haeundae Beach, where I’m living and teaching, one of the fellow teachers informed me that I would be teaching today. I’m sure you could imagine what was running thru my mind. To my dismay, it went fairly easy. After the first second class that I taught, I had a good idea of what I needed to do. And honestly a lot of it is saying words/sentences and having the students say it back to me. Lets just say it’s not rocket science. They kids are great and so far, being as it’s my first day, the job ain’t so bad either.

About the place that I’m living, Haeundae Beach. It’s in Pusan, which is on the southern part of South Korea. I’m relatively 25 minutes from walking to the beach. I live on the 19th floor of one of the many apartment buildings in Korea. I’m amazed at how many apartment towers there are. They are 20 - 30 stories high of apartments. It’s astounding how many there are. The one I live in, is a 3 minute walk to work. I literally live caddie corner to my job. It’s in downtown, and it’s the richest area of all Korea - so I’m told. It is a very nice neighborhood to say the least. From what I’ve heard, I was very lucky to get this area. The scenery is amazing, especially when looking out the 19th story window. I’m surrounded my lush green mountains. It really is a beautiful city.

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June 30, 2008

June 30, 2008

I am now in Seoul South Korea, sitting in a limousine bus taking me to Pusan - which happens to be a 5 to 6 hour ride. At the moment it’s 6:30 Korean time. Keeping in mind that it was a 4 hour flight to San Fransico where I met a very nice family heading to Japan to see a relative. Then a 4 hour lay over on top of an 11 hour flight to Seoul. Needless to say, I’m ready to find a pillow that isn’t the size of a bag of marshmallows.

I had no problem getting thru immigration or customs. The airport is very different than any US airports that I’ve seen. It’s stark. Very minimal. The scenery however makes up for it. It is absolutely beautiful here. There are mountains surrounding the airport, and it also happens to be very close to the sea. It’s incredibly lush here. When landing, we flew over a golf course, and as much of it I saw, it was prestigious. It’s a bit overcast, but I think I’ll be like that most every day.

As far as people go, it’s quite different than good ole Texas. It’s actually quite similar to Chicago. Everyone is fast pace as if they are running from mad cow disease. Also they’re police force in the airport are about my age and carry AK’s in the open. When I had a question though, everyone was very polite. They showed me my way, and I thanked them immensely for their help.

Battery is running low and I have yet to take any pictures. Times up.

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June 29, 2008

Leaving

06/29/08 6:05am

As I’m sitting here in the Bush Intercontinental Airport, my stomach is churning (the large cup of coffee this morning might have some influence in that). It was difficult to say my good byes last night and today. It’s a new journey awaiting me, and it’s terrifying. I know though that this experience is going to be wonderful, it’s just taking the leap.
As I’m looking around, I’m thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t get into the flight attendant business. It’s crazy how things work out.
So it’s going to be a year in South Korea, if not more. I’m expecting the best. It’ll be difficult, but I’ll manage thru it. I have no doubt that everything will work out for the best. And if not, there’s some kind of lesson to be learned.
I’m ready. I know it. I’m just terrified.

Cont.

I’m now sitting in seat 23 G headed to Seoul in a huge Boeing 777. Dad asked me when I thought the “oh my god” moment would come. I told him most likely as I’m flying over the Pacific ocean. I actually realized the “oh my god” moment, and honestly it was more of a “holy shit” moment. Waiting to board the plane wasn’t a biggy. Even getting on the plane wasn’t a big deal at all. The realization came whenever I saw the wings prepare for take off. “I wonder if I say bomb, could I get off?” was my next thought. Following that was “where the hell is my drink.?”
The pilot has a sense of humor about him as well. He said that the flight to Seoul would be short - 11 hours. He’s a funny man alright.

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