Here is my soulmate. Or at least, all that I have to represent her right now.
Catherine and I are separated at the moment and when we are apart, we each have one of these penguins. We bought them on our first summer together, during a holiday on Jeju Island. Some penguins are unique, in that they mate for life… Just like Catherine and I!! We have read that they can be spilt up and find each other no matter how far apart they are. When we are together, the penguins stand side-by-side on our windowsill. When we have to part ways, we each take a penguin, and we know that we will always find a way back to each other!
The camp I am working is on a university campus. Korea University, Sejong Campus. I have gone around and taken some photos of my door room, and some of the surrounding buildings that I am frequently in.
Here is the dorm room. There are 3 bunk bed/desk units in each room in this building. We are on the top floors of one of the dormitories. There are 10 other foreign teachers working this camp with me. Two guys from Australia, two from Canada, one South African, and six Americans (including me).
We were set up with one roommate. Mine is a Canadian guy from the Toronto area, Colin. He is a great roommate. We get on quite well. North Americans representing!!!
Here’s the bed. Everyone gets the top bunk… 😉
It took a couple days getting use to climbing onto the top bunk to get into bed. Let’s just say that when you are in bed, you never want to get down for water or a midnight bathroom break…
Even though there are 3 units, we only have one roommate. Lucky for us!
At least the shower and the toilet are in separate rooms. The first day we were here, my roommate broke off the handle of the inside of the shower door. He was almost stuck in there, and it would have been a little embarrassing calling for help. He managed to get out. We have to leave the door a little cracked every time we shower now. It’s actually not too inconvenient.
Plenty of cabinet space and a mini fridge. The rooms are modest, but they are enough for me. We hardly have much free time, and I am not too bothered as long as I have a warm place to sleep and food to eat. I am grateful for anything extra that I am blessed with.
Even a coat tree! My lucky day!!
After I moved in, I had issues with the internet connection. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to talk with my sweetie pie! Good thing that I bring a wireless router with me everywhere I go. I plugged that bad boy in and had the wifi running in a matter of seconds!
Our rooms are on the 9th floor of the dormitory. After living in the U.S. for the last 6 months, I have put on just a few extra pounds. I told myself that I would take the stairs everyday instead of taking the elevator. The first day of orientation, Friday, I ended up climbing more than 60 flights of stairs that day. WOW!!! I would have kicked butt in my Dad’s stair climbing competition at his work!
A view of another dormitory from outside the stairwell window.
As we leave the dormitory we have to walk through these “subway-style” gates. They are for the University students, I would guess to keep track off them on campus. I have thought of no other feasible reason why, but that’s what I’m guessing.
Just outside the dormitory building, is a courtyard area. The glass windows on the right are those belonging to the cafeteria.
“Good Manner” leads to good people!!
Here is the Fitness Center. To work off those aforementioned extra pounds, some of the other teachers and I come to the gym as much as we can. We have class late on Monday and Wednesday nights, so those days are out. The others, however, you can at least find one or two of us working out.
Here is the International Building. This is the building that we walk to everyday, and where all our classes are. From our dorm to the International Building it is only a 5 min walk.
In case you need a quick pick-me-up, there is a Coffee Bean on-campus here. I stopped in for a hot chocolate on my way to P.E. the other day. We have to stand outside for an hour, and it is around -15 C (5-6 Fahrenheit). Needless to say, it was an amazing treat on such a cold day.
Dinner tonight: Kim Chi Bokkembap, tofu and radish soup, salad, pork squares, and seaweed.
The food here is great so far. Very delicious and they even have some extra veggies and fruit for the foreign teachers. I am getting spoiled here. The food is great and I can dish up for myself. I am also not guilted into eating anything I don’t like. Sometimes it’s hard to stop after one serving of my favorites.
Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!
My days are quite busy and there isn’t much down time. I spend almost all day with my students, from 9am until 6:30pm, at least. With less than an hour in breaks away from them in between. I am very lucky to have received such an amazing class though. I will introduce them to you soon. I have taken quite a few photos from our outside P.E. classes and our inside fun time classes!!!