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December 21, 2009 | 10:13pm
Mood: tired
Music: The Wrens - Surprise, Honeycomb

Today was my first day of observations. At 12:50-2pm I observed a preschool class - well, three of them. It looks like those classes will just be story-time and basic games. At 2pm I met with the head Korean teacher, and she gave me a tour of the school. After that I went home, dropped off my bag, and went exploring again. I found a great bakery where I bought a sandwich, and a 7-11 where I bought lobster chips and these little seaweed sandwiches. I haven't had the seaweed sandwiches yet, but the lobster chips simultaneously tasted bland and extremely lobstery.

After lunch I went back to the school, where I observed two elementary classes (I'd say 6/7 year olds) with one teacher, and another two classes (maybe 8 and 5 year olds) with another. At eight I finished up and went home. I just finished eating dinner - ramen, lobster chips with ketchup, and Chilsung Cider - and watched an episode of The Good Wife, and now I'm contemplating going to bed. It's only 9:20, but I'm still tired!

Some things I need to learn how to do:
- which bus do I take downtown, and which bus do I take back?
- how do I get home from downtown via taxi? (I know how to get downtown - by saying "Y-M-She-A" - but I don't know the reverse. Possibly "Lotte Outlet-uh"?
- I need to learn Korean. (See the following list for more details.)

Some things I've learned how to do:
- I figured out how to use my stove! It's just two burners, but you need to turn the gas on and start the burners with a firestarter. One guy I know uses a chopstick. (Not, er, exactly safe, but if it gets the job done...)
- I can read 4 consonants and 10 vowels of Hangul (the Korean alphabet)! I'm going to try adding another seven letters a day until I've learned them all.

These lists will continue in future posts, I'm sure.

Click here to view all of the photos I've taken since I've gotten to Korea. And just for fun, I'll post a couple pictures below.

Here's a photo of me with a really creepy dancing Santa Claus:


And a photo of Anime Jesus from the front window of a school:

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Tess

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from: mintsonpillows
date: December 21, 2009 06:08pm (UTC)
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Anime jesus is the shit. Good luck on trying to learn everything over there, I would feel so overwhelmed hah.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: December 22, 2009 01:38pm (UTC)
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thanks! honestly, it's not as overwhelming as you might think. You just gotta take it a day at a time. (Or maybe I'm weird? Everyone here also says it's overwhelming - but it's just kind of like - okay, I'm just learning something new. So what? IDK.)

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from: cdean.wordpress.com
date: December 21, 2009 11:59pm (UTC)
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I'm all about anime Jesus - amazing!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: December 22, 2009 01:38pm (UTC)
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haha, anime jesus creeps me out a little. :'(

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Just bopping

from: ext_112221
date: January 9, 2010 12:43pm (UTC)
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Hey, I'm reading your blog because you know Caitlin Dean. I've been living in Daegu for about a year and a half. The best book I've seen to learn Korean with is called "Survival Korean" It has a green cover with a goofy guy on the cover: http://hanbooks.com/sukoasebofor.html

I suggest using that. It's well worth the 25,000 won.

Have a good one!

Zhi Zhi

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 9, 2010 04:46pm (UTC)
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Oh cool! I didn't know Caitlin knew anyone else in Korea. When I actually start making some money I'll look into buying that book. One of my friends here is currently helping me learn Korean, and there's an international center in downtown Gwangju that offers Korean lessons. (I'd be taking one now, but I'm kind of poor.)

Talk to you later!

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