Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Traffic in Korea

The traffic here is just horrid. The people here drive about like the people in China and Bangkok. You just have to be assertive if you want to change lanes. The people drive on the same side of the road as the people in the United States. Since I am doing an easier program, I do not have training for as long during the day as most of the other instructors. Our bus driver picked us up just after one and we did not get back to our hotel. Usually, the ride is about a half hour at the most. People run red lights frequently. Today, on our afternoon ride, there was a bus that was very close to us--we could have shaken hands with the people in the other bus. I saw a corvette that had its entire front end smashed in and the police were directing traffic around it. The front bumper looked like it flew a ways, or that was somebody else's back bumper; I could not really tell. I'm just so glad that I do not have to drive in this mess.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Arrival in Korea

I arrived in Korea safely on Sunday night. The flight from Taipei to Incheon was about two hours. The man sitting next to me told me that on all Korean flights, the meal was included in the price of the ticket. He once flew from Chicago to San Juan, Puerto Rico and all that he got was a glass of water and a piece of bread for the four-hour flight. I learned a few things about Korea from talking to him. He was very friendly and I think that part of the reason that he talked to me so much was that he wanted to practice his English. I was a bit afraid that I would get lost somewhere at the airport, but I just followed the instructions from the school and arrived at the hotel in good shape. The hotel is very nice. It has a kitchenette with dishes and a washing machine. Basically, it is a small studio apartment. This week I am doing training at the training center. Since I am doing the elementary program instead of the regular program, I do not have to do as much training as some of the other teachers. I just hope that I pass the training so that I can start working next week.