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Getting to Work in Korea

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They're adding a median down the main street through the city centre. Streets don't have names in Korea and the buildings don't have their numbers shown, so Koreans have no idea how to find anything...
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Looking west to one of the many mountains of Korea.
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A future light railway station, linking Gimhae with its airport in Busan, to open next April. Until then, it's the slow bus to the metro...
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A beautiful Korean street in the "new city", the commercial centre in west Gimhae.
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Yep, McDonald's delivers by bike, like most other western fast-food places.
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An octopus, someone's future dinner at a Japanese restaurant.
I was given the nice opportunity to observe some of the classes I may (or may not) be taking on tomorrow. Ugh, I won't know that until I show up for work in the morning ready to start teaching half-hour later. That's how they do things in Korea: no need to do anything until it is absolutely necessary.
But I got to sit and observe a few classes. It seemed nice to just sing with the children after class starts and then try to play some basic matching games to build vocabulary and then on to a basic project to keep them busy before I get to push them out the door and do it all over again with another set of children.
Lunch was interesting. Thankfully the school provides a basic free lunch for us. The only things of interest were the kimchi-flavored rice and an omellette-like dish. The egg dish was bad. The kimchi rice, though, was alright. Rice, being rice, is just so bland and the little spice from the kimchi was okay. It was not a full lunch, though. But thank god for the other foreign teachers. Jac. was nice enough to lead me to a little place for an ham, cabbage, egg sandwich with ketchup. I don't care too much for cabbage (though I've never had it before arriving at Tokyo-Narita Airport), but I'll try to learn to get it down more easily.
After lunch I had to sit-in on a few more classes. In most of the classes I was really feeling like I could do this, or at least get through easily. Near the end, though, it was just way too much information for me to adequately absorb. I really wish the Koreans were smart enough to realise that we really could use a full week of training. That and the chance to just sleep for a day or two before actually needing to work.
But, if I can just follow the prior lesson plans tomorrow easily, I'll be able to prepare during our office hours after the classes.
Altogether, I think this should be a great experience and hopefully I'll no longer be wanting to sneak back to America after my first payment...
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