On the bus and heading “home”

We had to get up EARLY on Friday and load the bus with our luggage.  Not fun.  And we had one last meeting, some last goodbyes, cell phone number exchanges, and photos.  Time to get on the bus!  The pic below is us with our group leader, Calvin.  He was awesome!

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Including a one hour lunch break, it took about 4 hours to get from Jeonju to Daegu.  I got a little motion sick on the bus…so the second leg of the trip, we sat in the very front row of the bus.  Right by the water – nice, huh?

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We unloaded the bus at some university building in Daegu.  We had to unload all of our luggage too.  In one room, all of us NETs (Native English Teacher) nervously waited, while in a room upstairs all of the Korean co-teachers nervously waited.  After a short time, we headed up to meet our teachers.  One by one, each of us NETs were called by name, and our respective co-teachers waved to us.  Most of them seemed to be excited and happy to see us.  After the last name was called…BAM…a whirlwind of activity.  Faster than you can say “annyeong haseyo” I was piling my massive luggage into my co-teachers little car – on our way to the apartment and to visit my school.  Micah’s co-teacher was taking him separately to do those things. 

Apartment:  I’ll write more about our apartment in a separate post…along with pictures.  Let’s just say “barely furnished” is an understatement.  But here’s the name of our street:

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Schools:  My school is called Jincheon Elementary.  It’s about a 15 minute walk from the apartment (not too bad).  It’s an older school, but also smaller.  I only have TWO co-teachers.  Yay!!  And my class sizes should be around 30 students or less. 

Micah’s school is called Daejin Middle School.  It’s about a 15 minute walk.  He only met 1 out of his 7 co-teachers this day. 

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Micah’s co-teacher was kind enough to drive us to an E-Mart (like Target) so we could buy some very needed food, water, and household supplies.  Good thing we each get a 300,000 won “settlement allowance,” – we spent nearly that much in our first shopping trip.

We were exhausted once we got home, but we had to eat.  We wandered around our little area and ended up dropping by some little restaurant, pointed to a picture, and struggled to figure out how much to pay.  But we got food…ahh…that’s a  success in my book.

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4 Responses to “On the bus and heading “home””


  1. 1 Deborah September 3, 2009 at 3:42 am

    So good to read about your adventures. Just think, one year ago did you imagine the change in your lives? Take good care – love, Deborah

  2. 2 jackie January 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to say how helpful your blog is! My boyfriend and I are also with the EPIK program and will be leaving for S. Korea in two weeks!!! (Feb 17)

  3. 3 muchadoaboutlisa February 3, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Hi! I’m glad you found the info helpful. Goodluck with the move. If you have other questions, let me know. What province/city did you get?

  4. 4 green building consultant September 17, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It is the little changes that will make the most significant changes.
    Many thanks for sharing!


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