First week in Daegu

Trip Start Aug 24, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I'm in Daegu today and this is my first time on the internet since arriving. It has a plastic cover on the keypad so i can't actually see what i'm typing, along with the fact i keep pressing a button that writes in korean. Excellent. I have had about 4 hours sleep on average the past two nights.
Bloody time difference, and mothers and sisters who are unable to calculate a 9hour time difference....

So, Daegu's completely psycho! We have arrived 8hours early - no thanks to my agent Kyu who forced me to get up at 7.30am to meet her and get on a train. Now we need to wait for everyone else to arrive at 6pm (who are also coming from Seoul, however they are on an air conditioned bus). Glad to see they've everything under control - and everyone knows whats going on!. Not.

We are insane cos we are hot and sweaty and being messed around continuously. I have done more exercise today than my whole life put together. When we finally arrived in Daegu we were thrown into separate taxi's and my taxi kept going down wee side streets - even though he was supposed to be following the other taxi's. He had to keep calling them cos he was lost. Julie's taxi left the boot open with all her luggage in it and wheeked about the place at 100miles an hour and kept overtaking emma's taxi. (Julie is canadian. Everyone is canadian.) Anyways, when we finally arrived at the center for education it was closed and locked. We had to steal the taxi man's cell phone and call our boss to come open the place up. What a lovely greeting! They eventually turned up an hour later. And 3 hours after that all the rest of the troops arrived in an air conditioned bus. Haven't a clue how we got the bum deal. But, there we are. It must have made me stronger, somehow.

We have stopped being polite now. Haven't the energy. So, i just keep laughing at everything. Delirious. And anorexic. Bloody frozen kimchi which is fermented cabbage and chilli pepper. They keep feeding it to me. Euch. How do you say 'bugger of if you think i'm eating that again pal! it's minging!' in korean?!

I already stink of garlic. Excellent. I am happy to be here. I will be happier when I've slept and washed. Which by the sounds of things probably won't be until friday (today is sunday). I start teaching on friday.

We are being transferred away from Daegu today to a training centre in some other random village. The organisation and planning is immaculate here!!! No-one has a bloody clue whats going on, and everyone has been told different things. I'm looking forward to finding out the truth!

The toilets have no seats, so you have to squat. And after my days' travels of around 1000 stairs up. 200 down, 10 subway stops whilst standing up, back up some more stairs, being caught in the whirly gig with my suitcase,being late for another train because the litte man's (who was half the height of the suitcase) suitcase machine broke down and threw all our luggage down the stairs. (He then had to go and find another suitcase machine and kept swatting us off when we tried to pick things up.) Finally got on the train with him shouting orders of how much we needed to pay him. I thot he was kidding ater breaking everything i owned. So since i was carrying a 70litre backpack, 30litre front pack, and brand new Seoul bought Large suitcase in my hands, i don't feel my legs can take the squatting. So, i'll wait til later.

I dunno what else to say now. I'm hot. And tired. But its lovely and i'm sure i'll love it here. Turns out i'm teaching 14-15 years olds. Although i couldve been given the little ones (which is who i asked for). Yet another example of the people here who talk a lot of rubbish about whats going to happen. Me and emma are living together tho, which is great. And the other native teachers seem nice. Even though they've all bonded and we were on a sweaty train missing out on all the fun. Oh well. I'll get over it. Might buy myself a wee dog to cheer myself up.

I smell like a korean person now. I can actually smell myself. Will need to find a wheat shop soon. Or a place that sells fresh vegetables.

that afternoon.....

We were shipped to some training centre beside the sea. We learned korean and went paddling and banana boating. The boss fell off and kicked emma in the face. She now has a really bad black eye. Oops. I think the boss is in love with me. He gave me some shells, and he shouts on me like this: 'Taransay!....Come here.' Thats all he can say in English. Its hilarious!! He just laughs all the time!

Anyways, we have got one more meeting 2nite then we should be finished hopefully. Our day stars at 7am, and finishes at around 10.30pm. Well, our last meeting thing is at 10.30pm. So probably after that.

I still stink of korean things, thanks to the food. Rice every meal, with a different coloured spicey fermented vegetable. Excellent.

We have made quite good friends with everyone here now. Especially two canadian girls, one from toronto - Courtney, and one from Nove Scotia, who lives in New Glasgow - Julie. And also a wee guy from Portland - Ed. Hopefully we will be able to meet up with them more often once we leave here. But supposedly it's really easy to meet people and there are many western bars where all the ex pats go. Hopefully no karaoke then! I wish - everywhere has karaoke.

Training here is ok, when we are not in class form 7am til 10.30pm, me emma and courtney are eating rice and making fun of others. Its good!

Everyone here is korean. My boss, everyone else in my school. So, no more english for me. But korean is too hard, so i'm boycotting it. I have already taken to speaking louder, leaning in, and pointing and doing actions to everyone i meet. I am going to be a charades MASTER when i return!

We have just found a menu for a pizza. All i have eaten today is rice. So, we are getting a secret stash sent to here. Excellent. Can't wait for the wheat!!!

Here, i laugh all the time. Mainly at the koreans and chinese. They clap at everything. Here are some SERIOUS examples of some clapping moments (i'm not kidding this is true)

1. Please can i introduce to you Mr Kim Chung Lee (clap)

He is here from Daegu (clap)

(mr kim makes a speach which involves him saying hello and welcome, this must then be translated into english and chinese which takes about half an hour) CLAP

ITS BLOODY HILARIOUS HERE!!! i love it. Cos they are all so cute and say things like 'prease go to the rocker room' instead of locker room. The sign actually says rocker room!!!! hahaha! It cracks me up everytime! And they dance so funny! Yesterday we had a drum lesson, and Mr Lee (our boss) was dancing round the room and waving his arms like a lunatic. Jumping from one foot to the other. Then we had to learn a folk song, so they do like this 'Lepeat after me! Ding daaaa le lume de dock drea hmmm lieee ku' and we are all like ' ding daa laaa laaa leee laaa looooo pee pooo' we havent a clue. But i enjoy it all the same as it entertains me for a while.

Also, here, men can smoke. Women can't. It is frowned upon. hehe! Women aren't allowed to have opinions either. I believe this place sounds like it supports equality! Hmmmmm...

Gonna go sing the folk song i learned. hahahahaha!

annyonghi kayseyo xxxxx
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