One week here...

Busan Travel Blog

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On the plane, ready to go.

WOW! I have arrived.  Where do I even begin...Trying to slep the night before I left was almost impossible. I was up till 4:30am and woke up at 6:30 to start saying my goodbyes. My dad and brother were not coming to the airport, they had to work and a family friend came over to say goodbye too.  Saying good bye to my family was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.  My mom and sister were even harder to say goodbye to because they were with me at the airport.  My sister Debbie (dcosta1031 on Travbuddy) had just gotten in 6 hours before from Belfast so I was extremely happy she was here to see me off. OH and in answering my question, I was right, I never saw "night" on the plane, it was the weirdest sensation to never see darkness even after almost 19 hours of travelling.

Me, getting all cozy for the looooong flight to South Korea.

I stayed at a motel for the first week until the teacher I will be replacing left and then I moved in to my place. It was hard living out of a suitcase and I feel more settled in after unpacking and having the place feel more cozy (another word for ridiculously small - LMAO). I was prepared for a small apartment but not super small.  I had a bathtub at the motel (a rareity in South Korea) so I tried to make the most of it while I was there. I just moved into my place this past Saturday.  It is really weird to realize that I am very far from the comforts of home and the people I love and that I am not on vacation but actually living here. At the same time I am looking forward to this crazy journey.

So I can finally say I have survived my first week in South Korea.

First sight of land in South Korea
There have been many ups and downs to say th least but a week has come and gone.  Work has been great and I am getting the hang of it. The first night here I arrived pretty late in the evening and went by my school to met my director and take a look at where it was and how to get there on Monday from my hotel. The next day I woke up early...well not by choice my body is still trying to adjust, and headed down to Gwangalli Beach.  It was overcast but humid and I walked around, had lunch, spent the day there and tried to remember how to get home again. :o)  Ok so I am thinking so far so good. Then my camera battery dies and I realize that I forgot the cord at home so my sister is going to send it by fedex.  I have to find an adapter for a three pronged cord for my computer because the battery died as well, so untill then no internet, and I cant recharge my ipod without my computer.
So I guess I line up here...?!
  So it is PC bangs (internet cafe) for me in the meantime. I have taken it for granted how easy it was to just plug something in. Not just the outlets are different but the voltage too.

I met up with Daniel (dcross on Travbuddy) downtown and had a great time. We went out for beers and talked as he filled me in on what is what here (lol)...left, right, straight....thanks for everything - you have NO idea!! I am meeting so many new people and getting a chance to see so many different parts of the city as well. Everyday I am experiencing something new, it's pretty incredible.  There are a lot of Canadians here too, which is nice, something in common I guess, but also lots of people from all over too, some from the US, Australia, England, New Zealand,  and South Africa.

Today I went to Haeundae Beach during the day, I saw an older married couple dressed in their finest Sunday clothes. The husband was so hot he undressed down to his underwear and went for a swim while his wife held on to his clothes. He then came out of the water and began to dry himself off with a small hanky (lol) and then proceeded to put his clothes back on. It was pricesless - but thats how nice and hot it was today. It was amazing.  (I guess its better than going in with all your clothes on which is quite a common occurance here)!

A few things I have noticed since I have been here:

Cass Red (beer) is not really red.

You CAN get blisters wearing flip flops.

Even Korean dogs stare at Foreigners.

Not smoking in Korea is harder than I thought.

Angela meeting me at the airport.
... the smokes here are like 2 bucks a pack and you can smoke everywhere....but so far so good. (yeah for me)! Three months and counting and no cheating!

I hate mosquitos but they love me.

It is so hot and humid here AND I've been told I missed the worst part. July and August are really bad.

I love the beach.

Charades can only work to a certain extent (lol) but I am a master at it. I'm really going to have to try to learn more then a few words. Hopefully complete sentences soon (lol).

I saw a little boy walk right up to the where the beach starts and pull his pants down and pee with his dad right there. I looked around and there was a public bathroom RIGHT across the stree from us...note to self not all wet sand is caused by the water.

Squat toilets are sooooo much FUN....can you just hear the sarcasim in my voice.

 

 

 

 

geerbox says:
Sorry, I lost track of you for awhile!
Yay!! you're in S. Korea!!
Posted on: Oct 07, 2008
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On the plane, ready to go.
On the plane, ready to go.
Me, getting all cozy for the loooo…
Me, getting all cozy for the looo…
First sight of land in South Korea
First sight of land in South Korea
So I guess I line up here...?!
So I guess I line up here...?!
Angela meeting me at the airport.
Angela meeting me at the airport.
Driving from the airport to show m…
Driving from the airport to show …
Walking to the beach
Walking to the beach
Gwangalli beach
Gwangalli beach
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