School Days and Subways

I drove (well Steve drove me) to Osan today to visit my school and to meet my director.  The school is bigger than I thought it would be and the kindergarten (called “kindy” here) section had balloons everywhere and colorful pictures and animals, so it seems like a really nice place.  I also found out I will have a co-teacher in the classroom with me, I believe her name was Anna, who speaks Korean and will be teaching some of the lessons while I teach others.  I’m told I’ll be teaching kindy kids in the morning from 9:30am-2:30pm and then one elementary school class in the afternoon from about 2:30-3:30pm.  I don’t know exactly what my hours will be considering my recruiter told me one thing (9:20am-4:30pm) and the director told me another (9:30am-6:30pm).  It will be interesting to see what happens.  Apparently if you teach middle school kids you can work as late as 10! At night!  No thank you, that’s my bedtime.  After visiting with the director I walked to Osan Station and figured out how to get on the subway/train/rail (no idea what to call it).  It wasn’t as difficult as I had anticipated and since I was only going to Songtan Station it only took about 10 minutes.  Then I walked back to Steve’s apartment.  I only got lost once and found a series of very beautiful and large (by Korean standards) homes that had iron gates with golden deer embellishings.  I also stopped at “Paris Baguette” a bakery chain that was started in Korea, despite its title implying otherwise.  I bought “vegetable bread”, which was essentially a bagel with vegetables and cheese on top.  Later, when I ate it, I also found a slice of ham.  There is meat included in almost every meal here.  I’m not sure it would be easy to be a vegetarian in Korean because they always sneak meat into things, hence my “vegetable bread” having meat on it.  Regardless, it was delicious and took me 6.7 seconds to eat.  My next big adventure is a weekend trip to Seoul and I can’t wait!

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