I’m not sure how weight-loss works with Koreans, but let me shed some light on how it works with foreigners. During my orientation, two girls I knew claimed to drop pants sizes within their first week of arriving. Not possible, right? Not without some major medical operation… but feeling my pants hang off of my body last week at work, the word “belt” comes to mind.
So how hard is it for a fun-loving vegetarian travel gal to acclimate to Korea? I’ll tell you- friggin hard! …
Ever wondered what the Korean Public School System was like or the job of an English teacher who has just moved abroad for this job? Here’s a letter I wrote from orientation on the day before I left for my new location in Daegu:
1) Finally found western toilets (in the Grade 1-3 bldg behind our bldg)- it’s a bit of a walk and the toilet paper container is always empty; often you’ll see me – in bundled coat, scarf, Korean sandals- quickly shuffling between classes with a roll of t.p. under my armpit; 2) My CT and I aren’t “best-ies” as some other folk are with theirs; I’ll give it a bit more time before giving up; 3) How To Navigate Being a Vegetarian in Korea is my new formidable wall (and you will hear from me as quickly as I can say “starving”); 4) What is The Korean Crud?
So the fun just doesn’t stop… While I’m still sorting out my reaction to my new move, luck-draw number two just hit, when on my first day of school, I learned that every peeing portal in my school was a porcelain… hole in the ground.
No teaching today- most of the time I spent online in the teacher’s room, but here is a short video I quickly threw together of some of the highlights of my first day.
The words cold and Korean are synonymous… it’s winter here and the buildings in Korea don’t have central heating. Instead, buildings get “selective heating”…
I’m gonna start my Korean blogging with my first “real” GRRRL whimper… the moment when “yours truly” turned girlie whiny and wanted to book the first flight home!