Thursday, March 1, 2012
The photo above is the view from my apartment. I live in Bucheon which is outside of Seoul, so there aren't a lot of foreigners like me. I did meet one other foreign lady who lives in my apartment building; I believe is from the UK based off her accent. Maybe when I run into her again, she can show me around or introduce me to some other foreigners. There are also not a lot of English speaking Koreans. Some know a little bit, like the basics. I've learned "hello", "my name is Anna", "teacher" and the most formal form of "thank you". It's hard to try and pick up on the subtleties in the Korean language. I'm often watching my co-teacher's, Elly, mouth to try and pick out the sounds that I don't recognize or can't hear clearly. It's only my third day, so I'm getting better...
By the way, it's 5:30 pm here... and 2:30 am back at home. So weird! I've managed to call my family and Cole a few times, but I've already maxed out my prepaid cellphone minutes. I won't get internet in my apartment for some time (right now I'm at Elly's house and she has wireless). It's Korean holiday honoring an independence movement the Korean people made against the Japanese rule. I'm not sure how long ago.... So Elly invited me over for dinner.
Ahhh!! There's so much more to say! But I should go for now as we're getting ready to eat. More to come!!
That's it for now!