Soo, Haewon and Jeong - Soo and Jeong are my co-teachers (we teach English together). Haewon used to be the Korean English teacher, but she is heading off to take some more courses at school. This was our first night in Seoul. We're at a restaurant just 2 minutes from our apartment. Yum!
Every morning since we've moved into our apartment I've woken up earlier than my alarm to the sound of Fur Elise. The electronic sounding version is coming from the garbage trucks which seem to pick up garbage or recycling or compost on a daily basis. I'm hoping that someday soon I'll learn to sleep through this early morning wake-up, but as of right now I'm awake at 6:15am listening to the single phrase of Fur Elise being repeated over and over again.
Other interesting things I've found:
*Public restrooms have toilet paper outside of the stalls. You must remember to take some toilet paper before you enter otherwise you're in trouble! This is to keep consumption down.
*The subway toilets are nicer than the toilets I use at school. I make a point to stop at the subway toilets before I head to school. That doesn't say much for the school toilets.
*I have not met a lot of people in Seoul who speak English. Unless we head to Itaewon (the foreigner hangout spot) we struggle to communicate with people. It can be VERY frustrating when we're searching through 6 floors of E-Mart (like Walmart) looking for tofu or salt.
*Eating out at Korean restaurants is very difficult for vegetarians.
*The students clean our school. In the morning, at lunch, and after school I see students on the stairs with hand brooms, mopping the hallways, and dusting my office. Quite strange
I think that's all I'll leave you with for now. I'm at school and I can't seem to think of anything else that strikes me as odd (and I should be working!!!) I'll try to download some pics onto my memory stick tonight and upload them tomorrow. There will be apartment pictures and other random pics too. So sorry for the delay. When we get internet at our apartment things will be much easier!