Orientation: Day 1
The Saturday after I arrived (Sept 25th), I boarded the KTX (Korean bullet train) in Daegu and an hour and 45 minutes later arrived in Seoul. Our orientation was located on a campus so we got to stay in the dorms... hello flashbacks of college.
|Receiving welcoming gifts and a health check.|
Orientation: Day 2
We got to see a Samulnori performance by some boys from a local high school. Traditional drum performance with crazy intense energy.
We then got to go on a field trip to Gyeongbokgung Palace- a palace destroyed by the Japanese government over 100 years ago and partially rebuilt- and the folk museum right next to it.
|Nothing screams out "foreigner" |
more than 100 people walking around
in matching t-shirts and name tags
|Two EPIKers (right) picked to help out the show.|
Orientation: Day 3
Culture and history meetings all day 9-5:30. Beginning Korean lessons 6:30-10... they were actually pretty cool because now I can kind of sound out things and learned some expressions. Written Korean was originally based off of the Chinese language but doesn't have characters like Chinese. So once you know the alphabet, you can sound everything out (but you may not necessarily know what it means).
At night we went back toward the "cheap beer" place with even more people than the night before. I decided that South Africans and Kiwis can drink and are pretty cool as well. King's cup and korean drinking games.
|End of Kings cup (rules): wearing 4 guys shirts|
|My great British orientation roommate Alice|
More and more lectures. Then, we were put into groups in order to make 15 minute lesson plan presentations for the next day. So, the day ended in Korean lessons and lesson planning. Met up with my college friend and old housemate Rubin for coffee because he teaches English near Seoul. So great to see a familiar face and catch up/get Korean life advice!
Orientation: Day 5
Guess what?? More lectures. At least most of the lectures weren't too boring. We then did about 3 hours of presentations and then walked over to a place called Mariscos for a farewell dinner. Buffet= amazing
|"Jeck and Cok"= Jack and Coke haha|
|Carle, Shelley, Shaun, Me, Andres, and Jaco|
(only American in the bunch)
|Hole in the wall bar on hooker hill.|
Made our mark on the money wall
with a spare dollar bill. Who needs
dollars in Korea anyway??
|Hannes and the Soju hut with "pancakes"|
Orientation: Day 5
On about 3 hours of sleep, went to the closing ceremonies. Ate lunch, said goodbye to new friends, and headed back with others on the KTX to Daegu. The Chief Officer and an English teacher offered to pick me up at the station. Seriously, the people from my school are so nice!