Hotel Orientation

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View from the top of our hotel
Seven weeks in a bed that is more like a rock than a cloud, ouch. It sucks getting up earlier than the alarm clock, by two hours. Best thing on our 13 English-speaking TV channels was Hannah Montana on Disney. After about 2 shows it was time for Kelly’s Boot Camp… be afraid, very afraid, at least I was because I’m so out of shape. Today’s boot camp ended and we had done 100 mountain climbers, 90 squats, 80 (modified) pushups, 70 leg lifts, 60 lunges, 50 dips, 40 bicycle sit-ups, 30 Russian twists, 20 reverse ax and 10 flys. Well, to be honest, Kelly did all of those. I gave up at one point and just did crunches. I think she’s going to kill me but at least I’ll get back in shape.

The first half of our day of training included a visit from the hotel GM then the history of the hotel and its management group.
Another view
Then lunch in the employee canteen followed by a tour of the hotel. We saw all of the rooms and some of the ballrooms and the back hallways and elevators that staff uses. After the tour, our boss took us on a quick shuttle bus tour of the city.

Then the fun began with uniform fittings. Our uniforms are different based on our department. Eric is working in the front lobby with me. Kelly is working in room service & the executive lounge and Ryan is working in the upscale restaurant. I’m a small American but I’m a huge Asian! The lady in the Uniform center looked me up and down and pulled some jackets and pants for me. HA! I felt like Chris Farley in “Tommy Boy”…fat guy in a little coat. Then the pants were capri pants, not a good look.
We also have a helipad
Good thing I brought a black suit. None of us fit the uniforms. Uniforms suck. Growing up in Catholic schools from kindergarten through 12th grade I LOVED my uniform. I never had to wake up in the morning and wonder what to wear. Now as a college graduate and graduate student, uniforms take on a completely new meaning to me. No matter how much education I have and how much I have worked to get ahead, the uniform puts me right back at the bottom of the totem pole, the dumb girl that doesn’t know anything. My whole demeanor and esteem changed when I lost my individuality. Makes me realize that this is some place that I never want to find myself again. Our name tags don't even have our names on them, just simply "Trainee" further adding to our anonymity.
Ryan, Eric, Kelly and Kate


After being fitted we met with our department head and our supervisors and found out more about what we would be doing. Our supervisor seems really nice and he told Eric and I that we would have Saturday and Sunday off of work. (Kelly & Ryan do not know their off days yet). After talking with him a bit, we went to dinner at the canteen but missed the meal so we caught the shuttle to Myeongdong to grab some dinner. Once again, Kelly and I went for the most American thing we could find, pizza. But this pizza was a bit different with unique toppings and the crust was stuffed with potatoes. We then went out and found work shoes for Kelly and we bought red shirts to wear for Thursday for the South Korea v. Argentina game on Thursday. Then we caught the shuttle home to call it a night and see if we can catch our friends at home before they went off to work.
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View from the top of our hotel
View from the top of our hotel
Another view
Another view
We also have a helipad
We also have a helipad
Ryan, Eric, Kelly and Kate
Ryan, Eric, Kelly and Kate
Ryan and Eric... the last time we …
Ryan and Eric... the last time we…
Our hotel has Korean style rooms
Our hotel has Korean style rooms
A little taste of home.  We passed…
A little taste of home. We passe…
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