However, I’m also the girl that’s always been fearless. Always.
I just wrapped up my first day here still with no internet or phone and we are settling in just fine. My apartment is fantastic! Much better than what I was expecting. It’s a pretty little studio and I am right in the middle of downtown. It’s kind of like the apartment that I always wanted actually, just in South Korea. I’m on the 15th floor and the view is amazing! You can’t see it in these pictures but everywhere you look there are mountains in the background. I will post more about the apartment later. I haven’t taken pictures inside yet.
After he left I went across the street to a convenience store and had my first shopping experience. CostCo was a bit to far to go at it alone. I think if I were actually able to get myself there, I wouldn’t be able to get myself back yet. The GS 25mart (strongly resembles a 7/11) has your normal convenience store items. I picked up a few bottles of waters, cheese sticks, something for dinner, and a few extra drinks.
Paying for it with a 10,000 bill (10,000 Korean won = about $10 US ) was entertaining. I have a wallet full of 10,000 won bills. haha. They had a decent amount of western foods- Pringles, Coke/Pepsi, Starbucks drinks, and a small selection of ice cream. I learned very quickly that the younger generation is looking at me to practice their English. It’s cute. They are eager to greet me with a loud “Hi!”, repeat everything I say at least twice, and then finish the conversation with an enthusiastic “Goodbye! See you later!” with an adorable accent.
As uneventful as today has been, every bit of it has been exhausting. Today I got unpacked, Charles got two potty breaks (that’s normal for us), I learned where my school and the bank are, how to use the tv and the microwave (all the controls are in Korean) and enough groceries to last me until tomorrow. That’s good enough for me. Tomorrow I will do a little more exploring and perhaps shop at real grocery store.
I still sit a little impressed with myself that I actually did this. I’m in Korea. I’m going to be a teacher.