Life in Jinju: Week One

I can’t believe an entire week has passed since I touched down at Incheon Airport in South Korea. Getting here was enough to make me avoid getting on another airplane for a long time, but I am happy to report that I have settled into my new home in Jinju quite nicely.

After arriving in Incheon, I had some downtime before I boarded a bus to Jinju. I knew little beyond that I had an apartment somewhere walking distance of the school where I would work. After getting off of the bus in Jinju, I was taken to my apartment where I dropped off my belongings before going to dinner. I was exhausted and quite honestly was in desperate need to a hot shower. But it was nice to get to know my new coworkers and supervisor.

Once I got home, I took in my new living space–a studio apartment with a small kitchen, bathroom, living space, and laundry area. My new apartment is definitely smaller than the one I had back in Wilkes Barre. But it is cozy, bright, and the perfect size for the more simplistic life I am working to embrace. I am fortunate that the former teacher left behind a good deal of furnishings and supplies in the apartment. When I ventured out to emart and Daiso, I was able to spend less on necessities and pick up a few things to make my space feel like home.

My First Weekend in Jinju

I spent my first weekend exploring Jinju. Saturday I was able to take in a lot of sights as well as experience the traditional market downtown. Sunday I spent the day trying out different churches in the city. This included a Catholic mass that was completely in Korean. Between church services, my coworkers and I had the best pancakes at a cute coffee shop. That night, I experienced a traditional Korean BBQ–almost. While my coworkers ate pork, I was able to get tofu and mushrooms to grill up. The side dishes were also veggie-friendly. While it’s harder to find veggie-friendly options here than it was back in the States, it’s definitely doable.

Starting Work at my New Job

This past Monday I started work–the real reason I am here in Korea. I couldn’t be more excited for classes to start on Monday. Each morning I walk about 15 minutes to work, rain or shine. I love that each day I have no choice but to be active on my walk to and from work. Yesterday and today I got to meet some of my students through level testing. The rest of the time I spent developing lesson plans, coming up with games and activities to play to help the students learn English, and finding worksheets online to reinforce grammar points. While I’m nervous to find out if my lessons were planned well, I’m also excited to get into the classroom.

Even though it has only been a week, I feel incredibly at home in Jinju. I can’t to see what else my time here has in store for me and all the amazing places I will get to see while I’m here.

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Life in Jinju will be a series of posts about living in Jinju, South Korea. Posts from my travels within South Korea and other Asian countries will not be apart of the Life in Jinju collection. 

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