Thursday, July 30, 2009

Going out and about

Seohyeon Station ends at this complex. Our administrators took a few of us out here. There are tons of shops and restaurants.  Koreans are very competitive and have huge signs everywhere. Also every floor is used for something. We went to one bar that had 2 other bars on the same floor.
The mall at Seohyeon station...can't remember the name, but I think every Italian designer has a store there.
This is the dish that we ate with the admins & teachers (duk golgbi- i think).  They cook it right in front of you and in the mean time you drink beer and soju.  Like almost every Korean meal they also serve it with a bunch of little side dishes for everyone to share.  
This poor puppers had to stand and show off some hideous dog garments at a street stand. It fared better than the dog that had all of its nails painted a different color.
There are lots of little alleys off the main shopping district & lots of street food stands.

My amazing classroom

I have a massive storage room. It's about twice the size of my apartment and even has windows. If I wasn't convinced that KIS is phenomenal this would do it.
This is my view from my dictator's desk looking over the room. Yes a CD player! hopefully it works better than BD's
My supplies, half of them are in Korean and look like some cheap buy from the dollar store....
Where the children work. Note the digital projector and windows- clearly I am not in America
My room has a view of the soccer field. In the distance on the left is another school that has instruction in english. 

My Hood

This is the view from my apartment, the mountains in the background are the same that my school is on.
My living room
the bedroom....so a korean twin is more like a double. FYI the sheets are really wierd, they're like a textured mattress pad, sick.
Kitchen: note the clothes washer in place of the dishwasher, naturally under the stove. I bought a coffee maker too :) 
A normal bathroom. Some of my co-workers have the shady italia style hose coming from the wall over the toliet and no curtain.  
The building on the left-center is my apartment building.  Whoo hoo high rise! It's pretty great. So apparently I live in the wealthiest neighborhood of the wealthiest suburb of Seoul. I haven't gone out in my hood, but a few of my peeps have and it's pretty expensive.  Fortunately the subway is literally a block away.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bundang



This is just a pic from the ride from Incheon Airport to Bundang. 
Love Asian Air!!  


I made it to Bundang early this morning.  There were 4 of us on the flight from Chicago to Seoul & another couple we met up at the airport.  The school picked us up and took us to our school, which by the way is much bigger than the pictures give the impression.  We were then dropped off at our apartments for about an hour & then back again to school for a tour.  This school is awesome!! Kicks Beaver Dams ass any day.  The classrooms are newer and much bigger. The admin is very friendly and laid back.  Yes, that patio off the school was built for BBQs.  KIS is actually on a mountain/large hill range and there are nature trails and soon to be a disc golf course (frolfing to BD)

My apartment is just a little guy, but it's very nice.  I have a view of some apt buildings and some of the mountains.  I'm on the 16th floor so down below I can see hundreds of signs that I can't read.  The koreans seem to love advertising... signs, girls in skimpy clothes giving samples, video ads in the grocery aisle, yes I saw it all today.

After our school tour we went to E-mart aka korean Walmart.  The difference being that it is numerous levels and they sell Chanel sunglasses. I got a hair dryer, fan, and straightener amoung other things.  Oh they also have Miller Lite and for some awful reason Carlo Rossi. Well I better get going, I got to meet a group for dinner and take my first subway ride.  I have to figure out how to post photos, because I'm already putting my asian skills to the test.