Wednedsay, August 29th, 2012 was the day I moved across the world with zero expectations. I signed a one year contract to move abroad and had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into.
Well here is how the day went:
- There was a typhoon in Korea, so I was stuck in Seattle for 8 hours longer than expected. This was after sobbing on the phone to the airline in Spokane with my mom nearby because I had no idea what I was doing.
- Luckily, my dad happened to be in Seattle so he picked me up and we had a few beers for lunch.
- I finally left Seattle around 7PM on Wednesday and arrived at Incheon Airport at 11PM on Thursday.
- I missed my connection for my next flight at the other Gimhae Airport.
- I took a free shuttle to a hotel that was paid for by the airline. I finally had a bed, slippers, and a shower.
- I have ZERO idea of when I should be on my next flight to Busan the next day since I missed that, so I called the airline and they said they would fly me straight to Ulsan where I would be living.
- I got a free taxi ride in the morning. I studied my Korean-English dictionary for the entire 45 minute ride ready to say “고맙습니다” (thank you). However, as soon as I got out of the cab I chickened out.
- I met two Canadians on my next flight who were moving to the same city as me.
- The airplane was playing “America’s Funniest Home Videos” the entire time.
- No one speaks English.
- I was picked up at the airport by two women who worked at my school. They brought me McDonald’s because I’m American.
- I’m obsessed with Ulsan. I lived near the mountains and the ocean.
- I met three of my neighbors who would be my coworkers. Two were also from Washington state and one from northern California. They were very friendly and helpful.
- I found out immediately I would be driving to Seoul in the morning for a work meeting. WHAT?! I was just there….
- Overall, I loved the city from the start. I spent 40 hours traveling, there is a 16 hour time difference, I was extremely jet-lagged, and then headed straight off to duck barbecue and the bar.