Saturday, July 23, 2011

The First Day

When I woke up at 3 am (Korean time) after only 6 hours of sleep, I had so many thoughts going through my head that it almost (I mean ALMOST) didn't matter that we were all up WAY too early! Our bodies thought that it was about noon, but I would've thought that after so much traveling, we would have slept a little longer! Regardless, the kids were up, so we were all up! We managed to keep them semi-quiet in bed until about 5 am, and then they were hungry and ready to go. Again, we managed to keep them busy until about 7 am when we headed down to the Starbucks for coffee and bagels for breakfast. We felt right at home!
Our first stop on our tour on first morning was our new apartment! We had such a tough night in the hotel that we had packed up our bags in the hotel room, hoping that we could get into our apartment sooner than originally planned. Upon arrival, we were even more ready to move in, have all of our things in one place, and have a home again!
From there, we toured our neighborhood on foot, walked up to Itaewon (a major shopping and eating area), and took the subway up to see the school (from a distance; we're not allowed to think about school until Monday!) and then we took a taxi back to have American food for lunch. After lunch, we went back to the hotel to get our stuff and then took everything to our new apartment to unpack. We were so excited!
After about 4 hours, we had unpacked all 13 bags, and even had everything put away! Then we had dinner with all of the new staff and tour guides at an American teriyaki restaurant (based out of Seattle!) which the kids fell asleep in the middle of (at about 5:30), giving us plenty of time to get to know our new co-workers! We took another taxi home with two sleeping kids and we were all in bed asleep by 7:30. It had been a long day!

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