Trip Start Aug 25, 2012
17Trip End Feb 25, 2013
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I decided to unpack and put a load of clothes and bedding (I wasn't sure when the last time the bedding was washed) into my new washer. I then started hanging clothes up in the wardrobe and sliding socks into the drawers
With my clothes churning away in the wash I decided to take a shower in my new bathroom. It is common in many parts of the world to not have a separate shower, but to just have a shower head that sprays water into the bathroom. Mine is a hand held shower head that is mounted to the left of my sink at about stomach level. I figured out the dial on the sink that turns it from running sink water, to running the water through the shower. Unfortunately, because the shower head is set so low, I have to hold the shower head in my hand to get it over my head. This means that I can't lather my hair with both hands, but I guess I will just have to learn how to multi-task. Thankfully Ms. Kim showed me how to turn the hot water on with a dial in the bedroom that works all of the heat, so I had a lovely hot shower
Late in the morning Ms. Kim showed up, she had brought me a sandwich and two cans of juice for my breakfast because she knew that I didn't have any food yet in my apartment. Then we walked together down the street to visit the bank. Unfortunately my debit card didn't work in the ATM, so we wandered inside to see if I could exchange some of my American money. Ms. Kim addressed the teller behind the desk and after a volley of Korean he pulled his wallet out of his back pocket and started counting out bills. Ms. Kim turned to me and instructed me to give him $100. I did, and quickly pocketed my money in return. Ms. Kim then deposited me back at my apartment so I could eat my sandwich.
In the afternoon, my co-teacher, Mrs. Lee showed up with Gin and my new bed. She seemed happy to see me as they assembled my new bed frame and set the mattress into place. After the movers left, Mrs. Lee patiently informed me that if I ever had an issue that I should go to HER and not anyone else. Oops... I tried to explain that I didn't mean to go over her head. That my recruiter had asked me. That I didn't ask for him to fix it. That I would have talked to her about it. She didn't seem impressed.
She loaded me up into her car and told me that she needed to take me to meet the English teacher coordinator who would take me to get my Alien Resident Card. We chatted in the car, but when we met up with the English teacher coordinator they had a terse conversation in Korean. I stood by, watching Mrs. Lee get more and more fervent with her speaking. Oh shit. She's complaining about me. As soon as Mrs. Lee left, the English teacher coordinator turned to me and explained to me, once again, that if there is ever any issue, I should speak to my co-teacher first. Not anyone else. Yep. I get it. I messed up...
So my co-teacher waves cheerfully at me and departs and the English teacher coordinator takes me, and picks up two other new teachers (one of whom I had orientation with) and drives us to the office where we can get our ERC. Some uninteresting paperwork doing later she drops the boys off in Dangjin (proper) where they live and then drives me to the suburb (I will learn the name of it eventually) 20 minutes later.
I then took some time to go grocery shopping at a tiny little store right near my apartment and I picked up some of the Ramen noodle cup soups, Frosted Flakes (complete with Tony the Tiger and Korean writing), low fat milk, and a bag of chips.