I just discovered (after a very cold shower last night) that you have to press a button and turn on the hot water before you shower. Good to know.
So Day 1 in Seoul went very well. I have a roommate now. Her name is Elaine and we get along well. I was expecting to meet people from all over, but she definitely went to UW and now lives in Seattle. I thought that was kind of weird slash funny. We'll just be in the same hotel for this week, then move once training is done. We're getting another roommate this evening, but she hasn't shown up yet.
We explored Seoul a bit. We got up at like 7AM and hung around, then wandered around Seoul for a few hours. We went to a cafe, which was very nice. They sold pastries, sandwiches and various coffee and tea drinks. There was this strange looking hot-dog croissant that was interesting and sugar in a jar.
That's a mirror on the ceiling reflecting everything.
We managed to figure out the subway system, went to a mall because Elaine needed a purse and notebooks/pens, then wandered around for quite a while. We found a bookstore that had an enormous English book section, if I ever need anything to read. We had our first Korean meal for lunch and it was delicious. pork dumplings and this interesting rice/meet/vegetable concoction that was very good. Then I found a straightener which was definitely a necessary purchase, so I can look presentable for my first day of work.
Then we got super exhausted and came back to the hotel. It was nice to have someone to explore with. We didn't even get lost once! We studied for our exams a bit and will probably go to bed relatively soon, even though it's only 9PM. But it's 5 AM at home, so that's kind of throwing off all my sleeping. I woke up last night about about 3:45AM and was extremely awake, but eventually made myself fall asleep.
One of the first things I saw getting off the plane was a huge sign of Pierce Brosnan. Then soon after one of Jennifer Aniston.
Touch screen map to the mall.
The smoking room in our hotel room...
the lovely view from our original room. The new room we were moved to is really nice and has a good view. we're on the 12th floor now.
Baskin robbins. There are also many Starbucks, Coldstone Creamery's, Dunkin Doughnuts and Tully's.