Friday, February 21, 2014

Just a quick update because jet lag is setting in:

My life for a year in two 50-pound
suitcases and two carry-ons.
My 15 hour flight from Atlanta to Seoul went pretty smoothly!  I had plenty to keep me busy, so time went by quickly (watched three movies, did some journaling, read some books, took a few naps).  Arrival at the airport was also simple.  I met my recruiter, registered with EPIK, then boarded a bus for a 2 ½ drive to the orientation site, which is like a college campus (we’re staying in dorms).

My roommate, Chantal, is from South Africa.  I have really enjoyed her so far and look forward to learning more about her!  She’s very outgoing, and we’ve already shared lots of stories, photos, and cultural tidbits about our respective countries.  All of us GETs are from one of seven countries:  Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States.  The US has the largest representation, which is usually the case at EPIK orientations. It's been fun learning about different cultures already, and it's only the tip of the iceberg.

Taekwondo demonstration that was part
of the opening ceremony
Today was a low-key day, which will give us a chance to get over jet lag.  At breakfast I met some more people...from Ohio (not much of a cultural experience on that one).  Then we had a campus tour, opening ceremony, Korean culture lecture, and welcome dinner today…like I said – LOW KEY!

Now...I'm pretty exhausted at 8:28pm and plan to get ready for bed.  My body is craving some sleep.  

I’ll give you another update about orientation in a few days!

1 comment:

  1. So glad that you made it there safely. Enjoy every minute!