Hotel Check-in & loosing our guides

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Myeongdong Shopping District
Today started off well. After sleeping in a little, we got up and showered and headed to the hotel where we will be living for the next 7 weeks with Lily and Kathy. After a quick meeting with our new boss, we checked into our new room. The room is a nice size, with two twin beds and a small seating area. The view is crummy because we are on such a low floor; our windows are frosted because we look out to an outdoor air conditioning duct system. Also, it’s a smoking room so we need to go and get an air freshener for the room. After seeing our new abode, we had lunch in the staff cafeteria in the basement. It wasn’t too bad, but defiantly not great. Noodle soup, plain rice, kimchi, dried squid, a strange boiled egg dish with pineapple and fried ham.
First metro ride in Korea
Something different that we discovered is that many people don’t have water with a their meal. They wait until after they are finished and have a glass of water, similar to American’s and coffee.

We then bought metro cards at the Dongguk University stop and headed to Myeongdong, a large outdoor shopping area. Lots of shoes, cosmetic stores and small boutiques but also familiar brands like Forever 21, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and H&M. I really like all the shoes but I’m going to have a problem finding them in my size but then again that maybe a good thing so I can save some money. After strolling around for a while we stopped at O’Sulloc, which Lily said was a famous green tea house. At the teahouse, I noticed that tea is a female thing and very few men visit the shops.
Home Sweet Home for the next 7 weeks
A frozen green tea and slushy-like citrus green tea later, we said goodbye to our guides & translators and were on our own. We walked around Myeongdong a bit longer before taking the metro back to our hotel, stopping for water and wine along the way.

Back at the hotel, we unpacked our bags and settled in before heading off to dinner a little bit down the street. We found multiple places that had fried chicken and draft beer and decided that if they had so many of them that they must be popular/good. It’s pretty sad that the first night we’re on our own that we go for something so American. We walked back to the hotel and now it’s off to bed for us. Tomorrow we our work orientation so we need to be awake.
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Myeongdong Shopping District
Myeongdong Shopping District
First metro ride in Korea
First metro ride in Korea
Home Sweet Home for the next 7 wee…
Home Sweet Home for the next 7 we…
The view from our room, amazing, i…
The view from our room, amazing, …
When left on our own, we went for …
When left on our own, we went for…
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