It is the rainy afternoon of my second day in Goesan, Korea. Since my last post I’ve:
- spent more than 30 hours in transit
- arrived at Goesan university, the orientation site, to discover that I will be living in a single enormous building made entirely out of marble for the next six and a half weeks
- seen more rain in two days than in the past six months, and no sunshine at all
- met at least 60 of the other 80 Fulbrighters here with me
- made a few new friends, one of whom I’m lucky enough to have as a room mate
- eaten four entirely Korean meals without dying (though there were two close calls with boney fish soup and cartilage-filled pork)
- bought Beauty and the Beast with Korean audio!
- discovered there is a brand of Korean canned coffee that has flavor — 프롄치카페
- discovered, contrarily, that there is no way to make Cuban coffee on this campus
- signed up for an archery lesson!
- taken my Korean language class placement test
- and taken one photo — of the mountains outside my dorm room window.
That’s the interesting stuff so far. And yes, this university really is made entirely of marble: the walls, the floors, the windowsills, the halls, the classrooms, even my dorm room! Fortunately they stopped short of giving us marble mattresses, though granted it’s a little difficult to tell. 😉
The rest of today will consist of workshops (one of which is called Vignettes — not sure whether to expect a writing assignment or not), the language exam results, and a club mixer I’ll be checking out to see if I want to join. I’m interested because the club’s theme is language exchange, something I’d always tried to get going with Japan Club back home. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂
UPDATE: Well, it seems I will not be joining the club due to it having the same problem JLS did — too many English speakers and too few Korean speakers. In fact, several of us wound up leaving to read poetry at each other. 😄 I also made two failed attempts to go back into town tonight, which resulted in playing Bananagrams in the ETA lounge. So all in all, a pretty good day.