At long last, after 28 hours of travel, we are in our new home, just outside Changnyeong, South Korea!
Travel began at 4:45 in the morning from Jordan’s parents home. We flew from Tulsa to Dallas, then hopped on a 15 hour flight directly to Seoul. This is the longest flight either of us have been on (though the 14.5 hours from Rome to Buenos Aires is a close second) and it was much more bearable by the fact that we had an empty seat between us. So we stretched out and tried to sleep, which more-or-less worked.
Our last flight was from Seoul (Incheon airport) to Busan, which is a city along the southern coast of Korea. We were picked up by a driver, who took us to the school, about an hour from the airport. It was about 10 pm by the time we arrived at the school, so we could see nothing around us. We did, however, have a wonderful welcome from our new neighbors and colleagues.
Our bosses, Richard and Suzi, stood outside the apartment building with our colleagues, Rachel and Stephen, and Ashley and Ian. Our other fellow teachers had a flight delayed and weren’t able to join us. After hugs and greetings, we were lead up to our apartment and shown how everything works. We were given some muffins for breakfast, and the other teachers had kindly provided us a little food, so we already had milk, eggs, bread, butter, and oranges in our fridge. I was so grateful!
Jordan and I crashed into bed and immediately remembered that the rest of the world loves hard mattresses. I don’t love them, and were felt bruised from our plane rides. So we put most of our blankets under our sheets as padding. I see us buying extra blankets in the near future. We’re still figuring out how to tell when the water or the floor is heating, but I think it will be a great place to live. We need to buy a toaster oven, though, if we want to bake anything. And a space heater so we don’t freeze.
We woke (really early, thanks to jetlag) and saw the sun rise over the rice fields behind our apartment and the fog drifting from the mountains in front of the CEV campus. Unpacking was easy, because it was mostly clothing, but I set up picture frames and draped my aguayo over the couch to add a little color to the place. After an easy morning, we headed down to the lobby to meet our teachers for our orientation. My next post will be about our work as teachers at the CEV.