First Day of Class

Trip Start Feb 13, 2011
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Trip End Feb 25, 2012


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Flag of Korea Rep.  , North Gyeongsang,
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I woke up at 7am on Monday morning thinking Today is going to be a great day! I get to see my 2nd grade students and begin teaching today. I ate toast with strawberry jam and a scrambled egg, got dressed and headed out to the bus stop by 8am. Around 815, the bus picked me up and off I went. I was pretty proud of myself for getting on the bus all by myself and the right one (number 15)....until we passed the road my vice principal took me down. Oh...crap. Not good. I started to panic inside thinking I got on the number 11 bus. We went past Emart and I started to think maybe we are taking the long way there. We reached the final destination for that line and I was slightly worried. I had no clue where in Gimcheon I was or how to get to school from there. The bus driver tried to help, but I know very little Korean and he knows no English. I started to kick myself for not having or knowing the school's name or address.
I ended up taking the bus back to the bus terminal where I got off and went to the nearest pay phone to try to call my co-teacher. The payphone did not want my money. So I looked at the next one, and that one only accepted phone cards. I started to slightly panic because it was 830. I ran back to my apartment and attempted to use Skype ( I have 1 free call, but apparently not for a cell phone). I was going to buy minutes, but the process was taking to long. So I grabbed my school's name in case I could find a taxi and off I speed-walked to school at 850.
Luckily it wasn't too cold out and I made my way to school, kicking myself for being late on my first day. I made it to the school at 930 and my co-teacher asked where I was. I told her and she looked relieved. I quickly gathered my powerpoints, made sure they worked and went to the vice-principal to let him know I arrived. The principal was there as well as some other teachers. My co-teacher explained what happened and they were shocked that I walked the whole way. They also laughed at me. We apologized to the first second grade class I missed and went to the second second grade class.
The kids are cute and for the first two classes, the kids asked me simple questions...how old are you, are you married, do you have a boyfriend (that was asked by my second grade boys). They all seemed shocked when I told them I was 25 (In Korea, you add a year on the lunar year day. In addition, when a child is born, they consider him/her 1 for the time they were in the womb.So even if a baby was born a month before the lunar year...he is 1 and turns 2 a month later. Crazy huh?)(So for example. In American years I am 23. In Korean, I am 25. When I turn 24 in July, I will turn 26 in Korea and then 27 in February...That is how I have worked it out anyway).
The rest of the day went great. Met up with some other EPIK-ers for dinner and coffee ( I had a Green Tea Prappe, it was soooo good. Yay for little coffee shops.). For dinner I had Donkatsu, which is breaded pok cutlet (sorry for the type going in bold, can't undo it) http://www.trifood.com/donkatsu.html
Then we went to Yogi & Yogini Cafe for coffee and tea. Such a nice cozy place...I'll take pictures next time. We ended up being there until about 1030pm...Went back to the apartment, checked up on Jenny and hit the hay.

Today:
I took the right bus and classes are cancelled because the 4th graders are taking an English exam. Poor kids.
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