It's All Korean to Me

Ah! I have survived my first week in Korea. No broken bones or mysterious rashes to account for and a general feeling of well being. Of course I'm suffering from a little fish-out-of-water syndrome when it comes to understanding WHAT IN THE WORLD PEOPLE ARE SAYING. I went to the hospital this week for a mandatory medical exam as part of my work visa. Our school's librarian graciously agreed to come with me to help translate, although he doesn't speak much English himself. Librarian and I fared pretty well until it came time for the urine sample. There was a little confusion as to what I was supposed to do with that new fangled cup and just how much was enough. And remind me again where I can find a bathroom with an actual toilet and not a hole in the ground? Koreans are quite open with their medical information, so really there is no need to be totally embarrassed, Krisanne if you have to walk through the crowded waiting area gingerly holding a cup of your own pee. In case you were wondering, I'm still miles outside of my comfort zone.

This week also marked the beginning of the new school year. Unlike the States, children go to school all year round with a one week vacation in the wintertime and a one week vacation in the summertime. It’s intensive. The Korean children at our school are some of the cutest children I have ever seen. So cute I want to eat them. With peanut butter. The school is located in a wealthy suburb of Seoul, so they arrive dressed to the T in everything from mint green peacoats to silky soft cardigans. Yessir, they're teaching me a thing or two about the subtleties of fashion. Aside from the kidlets, I’m privileged to work with some tremendously talented women:

(l-r) The lovely Jill, KaRyn, and Lumina. The equally lovely Sunny, Erica, and Elina.

This is shaping up to be a good-for-the-soul experience (made possibly better by my own mint green peacoat?)