Friday, August 28, 2009

Made It!

I'm writing today from Suwon City, South Korea! The three flights and all the airport waiting just flew by!

Just kidding!

From when Gina and I left Sheboygan to when we arrived at our school in Suwon, we clocked around 30 hours of travel time. Actually, most of the trip went quickly except for the last two legs, which were the 12-hour flight from San Francisco to Incheon airport in Seoul, where neither of us slept much at all, and the two-hour car ride from the airport, where all we wanted to do was pass out on a bed and sleep for a zillion years or so. And we did!

I meant didn't. Instead, we were taken to our school and introduced to the staff, managers and headmaster, all of whom were very well-dressed in formal clothes. We were dressed like balls in our airplane/travel clothes, consisting of jeans and a shirt. After that we walked to our new apartment, which was fully furnished just like we were promised!

Nope. And I promise I'm done with the jokes. Maybe.

We were promised a double apartment with a refrigerator, gas range, TV, washing machine, cooking and eating utinsils and, most importantly, a bed. Was there a bed? No, there was definitely no bed. We're hoping to get a bed today at the earliest, but probably tomorrow or sometime next week. We just slept on the floor.

Today, Saturday, has been loads better. We've gone shopping at a few grocery stores, bought new stuff for our apartment, and are leaving right now for lunch. Check back soon!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Whoa, is this for real?

So yeah, I have a new life starting tomorrow.

How often does anyone get to say that, and really mean it? I'd bet the farm on "not too often."

Gina and I received and printed our plane tickets yesterday, which means this whole crap-ton of anticipation, planning and packing that we've been doing for the last year is actually for something real! On Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 6:40 am, my girlfriend Gina and I will fly out from Milwaukee, stop in Chicago, stop again in San Francisco, then land at the Incheon International airport in Seoul, South Korea at 5:50 pm, on Friday the 28th. It'll be 22 hours of travel time, throwing us 14 hours into the future.

Holy balls, I'm packed and I can't wait.