My flight was a nightmare. Never will I take coach on a long trip. I was crammed in the middle seat and my seat partners never got up to use the bathroom. How on earth does a person not go to the bathroom on a 13 hour flight? I had to climb over them several times to use the bathroom. The food and service was wonderful on Asiana Airlines. I had 2 meals. I got the bibimbap for the first meal and pancakes for the second meal. They provide toner and a toothbrush in the bathroom. I was extremely bloated (My hands, feet, and belly were swollen) because of the flight and this discomfort did not leave for several days.
It was not difficult to get to Chuncheon from the Incheon Airport. I was nervous that I would get lost, but I had so many amazing people help me. A lot of people that work at the Incheon airport speak and understand English. The Express Bus had comfortable seats. The only major problem was that the driver rarely put the AC on, which I'm finding is a pattern in Korea.
My boss picked me up from the Chuncheon Bus station and took me to my apartment. I was really happy to see that it was on the ground floor. It's a comfortable apartment for a single person. I'll do a separate post of my apartment soon. A lot of things were already provided for me.
The Hagwon is walking distance from my home. On the first day, my boss walked with me to the school and showed me a few places to shop and eat. I actually went in later that start observation and training. I watched the head foreign teacher as he conducted his class. I also had training on Monday. Tuesday was a break between semester. The summer session just started on Wednesday June 1st and doesn't end till August 30th.
On Saturday, May 28th, I went with my boss to a teacher gathering at one of the bus drivers home. We had Korean BBQ in a really lovely home in the countryside. It was really nice because it gave me a chance to get to know some of the Korean teachers better.
On Sunday, I went with my boss and his family to church. Most of the Korean teachers attend the same church. The other Korean American at the school helped translate the sermon for me. My Korean is a little bit shabby so that's been incredibly helpful. The awesome thing is that they feed you at church and they also have a cafe.
So starting Wednesday June 1, I had a whole set of classes that I needed to prep for. The material is not hard and I don't need to build my own curriculum (thank goodness). I'm still trying to get used to the Korean names. Also, can you believe that students go to Hagwon till 10pm. Yikes!!! I'm glad I didn't go to school in Korea. I'm trying to figure out ways to make the classroom more fun.
There are a lot of things that were shocking and needed to adjust to. Overall, I really feel like I belong here and can't wait to share more of my adventure.