Thursday, August 16, 2012

Post The Second.5

The next day we slept... a lot. Dick came to take us shopping along with Hannah. The first store smelled pretty strongly of fish, which makes sense, because Korea is a peninsula. They eat a pretty large amount of seafood relative to the typical Lebanon county diet! We got mostly western things, including some "ham", that turned out to be more of a salami. We bought some peanut butter which has basically kept me alive far. If only I had some nutella, I could thrive ;) Most importantly we bought a fan at the next store we entered. Not a lot of people do air conditioning here. The apartments have large glass windows one one side of the apartment and on the other side, the whole wall is comprised of windows. If you open the all of windows, a pleasant breeze rolls through the apartment!
Later, we went for dinner at a Korean Barbeque. It was delicious. It featured pork and around 20 small side dishes (including a soup that smelled like a foot). Everyone sat on the floor. The table was pretty low, so my legs were awkwardly positioned. Eventually my leg fell asleep, and when I tried to stand, I almost fell! We met the other foreign teachers there, and they were all really nice and welcoming. One of the foreign teachers lives directly below us, and he's the only reason I have access to the internet right now. Thank you, Jason! Two of the foreign teachers at young ladies from South Africa. I think besides those two, all of the other teachers are from the States.
Other than that, we have just been getting settled in and used to the fact that not a lot of people here speak English. The school switched us to a more rural area before we came, so that means not as many people speaking English. If you saw the picture of little kids on Julia's facebook, you know that we have little kids in the apartment across from us. One day we came out of the elevator and they were playing near our door. All the kids laughed and ran, except one little girl who was probably around two years old. She stood there, looked up at us, and cried... and screamed.. and cried until we walked down the stairs so she could "escape"!
 Oh, and it rains everyday. The forecast says rain everyday for the next two weeks. Oh well, we have umbrellas!

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