Things are looking up ’round here, so I thought I’d share 🙂 First of all, we have an apartment! It’s much bigger than the others we saw and the wonderful Mr. Lee, our landlord, gave it to us for an initial two month term so that we can leave if we get housing instead of money when we get jobs. How nice is that!? It’s still a studio, but we have an awesome rooftop terrace as well! I’ve put a few pictures up so you can see. All in all, not too shabby. It was disgusting when we first moved in though, I have to say. We scrubbed and scrubbed for an entire day…and dealt with live bugs roaming around in the food cupboard, a live spider and web in the dishes cupboard (*shudder*), and a dead cockroach under the moveable cabinet. But it’s clean now and it’s been so nice to have somewhere to hang our hats. Also, directly across the street is a big MegaMart, which is just like a Walmart, and all lined down our street at night are fruit and veg stands. It’s pretty ideal. Plus we’re about 1.5 blocks from the river path and the train station. Oy, but the stairs! 5 flights of 18 stairs means…quick math…we walk 90 stairs numerous times a day. All welcomed as part of our Korean weight loss challenge, though!
Things have also been looking up with respect to our interactions with Koreans at large. Sure, some still sneer at us and veer into our paths. But our Mr. Lee, for example, is a very nice man and said he rents to foreigners because he wants to be a good representative of Koreans to foreigners. Sweet, no? I’m not naive, so I’m sure we also pay more 😀 but I do appreciate that he’s doing well by us and has offered his assistance with various things on more than one occasion. Plus, we might just be in a better area in general, or a less foreigner-populated one? because the shopkeepers in the area are generally friendlier to us here too. And the people at Mr. Pizza love us! 😀
Oh! But we did meet some amazing people on the beach the other weekend. Several different groups of people were happily hanging with Daisy and feeding her their water, lol, and these two young guys came up to us after hanging with Daisy and asked if they could take our picture. So of course we obliged…and because they had a polaroid camera, they took an extra and gave it to us. Adorable.
Speaking of pizza…little random tidbit…pizza is always served with sweet pickles here. Actually, lots of things are served with sweet pickles and they are often used as a starter at restaurants, but even with pizza delivery one gets a little bag containing several containers of sweet pickles. Weird, eh!? We are coming to like them though because, hey, at least they don’t taste like fish…or fish oil…or smell like fish…or soybean oil…or…
Perhaps only slightly more interesting than the pickles is the fact that I interviewed for a second time, and was offered this job as well (I think I may have neglected to write about the first job offer, but largely because I didn’t want it and then took too long to deliberate so they gave it to a less wary foreigner 😉 ). And this one sounds much, much better. Still some less-than-perfect things, but we’ve come to learn that when it comes to English teaching jobs in Korea you decide what you cannot negotiate on…and then you budge on the rest. It’s not going to be perfect, but I am taking it from an American who has mostly really good things to say about the school and the job itself. As an added bonus, they would be putting me in a two bedroom apartment, which by Korean standards, is huge! ANNNNDDD, said apartment is on a little island where we are 10 minutes by foot to the beach, and 10 minutes by foot in the opposite direction to hiking! Talk about views! I’ll post more on both the job, the apartment, and the school when there is more 🙂