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  • Dynamic Busan!

    On the bus home from Busan. We arrived yesterday a little after 12 noon. Sitting here on the bus I feel like we were there for a whole week as I try to recall everything we have seen and done and sum it up into a blog post. Busan is amazing! Tom, our good buddy, proved to be an extraordinary tour guide. He met us at the bus terminal. The bus took exactly one hour. We took the subway to a large indoor fish market. We walked through and saw (and smelled) some of the most bizarre sea creatures imaginable. Stepping over puddles of water, stepping around groups of Korean women crouched down hacking away at fish.

  • Daily life

    We are slowly developing a routine here and feeling more comfortable everyday. We awake in our motel. Our sleep schedule is getting better every night. We usually have some breakfast such as yogurt, bran type cereal, or even ramen(ramyan). The coffee has taken some getting used to as steve and I are coffee snobs. Maxim coffee comes in small tube packets and is 1/4 grounds and 3/4 sugary substance. It is delicious, but gives more of a sugar buzz than anything. Shower comes next and this is not an easy task. Showering here is not a luxury as in the states or elsewhere. A shower sprayer is not attached to the wall. You hold the sprayer and set it down to lather. The whole bathroom is basically the shower as there is no curtain and a drain in the middle of the room. Showering takes some practice in order to not soak the entire room. The most positive aspect is that this type of showering is water/energy saving as I turn off water to lather.

  • Hospital trip

    Let me quickly talk about the most enjoyable and efficient trip to hospital ever! That's right, I did say enjoyable. Our supervisor drove us to Gimhae city hospital in her super luxury car (equipped with cable television) for our entrance to the country exam of sorts. Upon entering the hotel, we filled out one piece of paperwork and were immediately whisked around to various departments (never waiting more than one minute to be seen by a medical professional). Our procedures consisted of a quick dental exam, chest x-Ray, blood work, vision/hearing exam, and urine test. All completed in about one hour. The grand total of this event being less than $80 for us both. I just won't even begin to compare this to a hospital experience in the states. I left feeling amazed and shocked!

  • slowly but surely

    Hey folks it's Steve.  Just wanted to put up some pictures form our past few days.  Things have been going great so far, and slightly crazy as you could probably gather from Nikki's last post.  But we are slowly getting into a routine as our work has started.  We basically are tutoring a few kids with English lessons for a few weeks until the school year ends on 2-18 and then we'll start up teaching classes on March 1st for the new school year.  Our school is basically an English academy for kindergarden students.  They are some cute little tots and are very good about doing their homework and participating in class.  Of course, they act like little kids and are sometimes crazy, but that is part of being a kindergarden teacher right?  We wear slippers all day and dress in jeans/sweatshirts so it isn't all bad of course.

  • First morning in Korea

    Our first morning here. As we sit in our round bed, eating breakfast and watching television, I am trying to write and remember my first sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of Korea.
    As we made our descent into Gimhae International airport, we could see Busan. I stared out the window, mouth gaping, astonished at the magnitude, lights everywhere. I could not believe the height of buildings, the amount of lights. The feelings at that moment were overwhelming. I continuously elbowed steve and pointed, unable to create words or sentences, partly due to my fatigue and mostly due to my disbelief. This being my first trip out of the country, the experience was overwhelming, fascinating, and wonderful. 

  • Where is my

    Where is my phone charger? I can't find a sweatshirt. Where is my computer charger? All these questions have been asked aloud, by myself, within the past hour. I guess this is what happens when everything that you own is boxed, bagged, and divided between two basements. Steve and I are officially moved out of our little house that we have rented for the past year and a half! It feels good to be out! I feel so free with no home and no car to call my own! Many people work hard to have these things. At the current moment I am so happy to not be "tied down" to these possessions! Aside from all of the boxes and things that are in storage, we have only our 2 suitcases and carry on items that we will tote around and live out of for the next 11 days. For the next 11 days we will be staying in various locations as we try to spend quality time with as many people as possible. I fear that these 11 days will not be nearly enough time to spend and I know for sure that some people will be left out.

  • 3 days to move, 15 days to Korea

    Hey, Nikki here.  So the fridge countdown says 3 days to move (out of our current home) and 15 days until we board the plane to Korea. Our home is filled with stacks of boxes, open and overflowing suitcases, garbage bags, and random piles of clutter. It doesn't feel like home anymore. The fridge and cupboards are empty and we have resorted to takeout and daily trips to Bilo for small shopping orders. This may sound bad to you, but I couldn't be happier. Each box packed, each bag filled, each takeout box, and each passing day gets me closer to South Korea and the start of what will surely be the greatest adventure of my life thus far! All of the packing, travel to New York, and current affairs are part of the journey too, as I must keep reminding myself.

  • The Big Apple!

    Well we are back from our trip to NYC. We needed to go to the Korean consulate to go through a brief interview and then wait for our work visas.  We used the opportunity to visit our favorite city and do some touristing. We checked out the Statue of Liberty, rode the subway around, took an NYC taxi, ate at local coffee shops, and took in the shops on 5th avenue and Madison avenue.

  • Christmas Week

    Hey folks, Steve again.  The countdown on the fridge says 24 days until we leave for Korea.  It is hard to comprehend how fast time has moved since we first sat down and started looking at potential jobs in Korea and made the decision that this was something we were really going to do.  The countdown may not be exact, we won't know the exact day of our departure until we get our visas from the consulate in NYC, but we can be sure it will be around the middle of January.

 

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