Thursday, August 9, 2007

2 week countdown!

Oh, yes. Two weeks from today, I'll be on a plane headed to the other side of the planet. Am I worried? Only slightly... I hoping it's considered normal for a person to be a little worried about traveling alone into a culture completely different from their own for the first time. I'm sure I'll be okay, though. And I'm prepared!

I have my visa, my Korean Air Skypass, and Korean won to get me started. Don't get too excited about the numbers, though, I'm really not that rich... US$1 is roughly equal to 1000 Korean won, so pictured there is the equivalent of about $26 (don't worry; I have more than that to take with me). The rates are a little low for the US dollar right now, though, so it's actually slightly less than that, but still... it's exciting.

I have been in contact with my "student buddy" from Keimyung. She sounds really nice, and she sent me a picture and everything. Her name is Ju-youn, and she's a 27-year-old tourism management major at Keimyung. She'll be picking me up from the airport when I get there and showing me around Daegu and everything, so I'm really excited about that. I'm hoping she can find me an internet cafe around the school, since I found out that I won't have any internet for the first few days that I'm there. There are a lot of people who are going to be very unhappy (*cough*Mom*cough*) if I don't have any way to let them know that I arrived safely, so that's my best best so far. I asked Ju-youn about cell phones over there, so I'll have to see what she says about that when she writes me back again.

On another note, James is currently sitting in his last class EVER, meaning that he officially graduates on Saturday. Woo!! Unfortunately, he can't get his diploma for 2-6 weeks after that, which is highly annoying since he needs it in order to get his visa so he can teach in Korea. He does have a prospective job, though, and they want him to start teaching on the 30th of August, which would be totally perfect. We're hoping that his official "course completion" document will be enough to get him over there ASAP so he doesn't have to wait for his diploma. Silly UNT. I told him that TLU would have gotten it taken care of for him... =P


Pequeños Milagros said...

Hey my darling Christi. Don't be too worried- things aren't going to be as bad as you think, and it's SO fun. I can't believe I'm already done with 3 weeks of this trip. I feel like it's slipping away so fast!

The Argentine money is less creepy than Korean money, and has interesting facts about the history of the country, so :-P

I hope things go well on the James getting a job front, but you'll be fine without him, too. You know how to avoid eating dogs and everything! On the steak front, omg it's awesome here. Also, we've been eating some mystery vegetable, but it's orange and delicious, and that's all I need to know! Plus, a few hundred miles from here is wine country, so that makes life even better.

I can't wait for our date tomorrow! :-D I love you!

Anonymous said...

That is for you, my friend.