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안녕하체요! (Hello!)

I arrived in South Korea Tuesday night and since then my days have been pretty eventful. To begin, when I checked in to the Asiana Airlines from the Chicago international airport, I was required to weigh my carry on. This has never been a necessity for me. Of course the maximum weight for a carry on was 10 kilograms…my bag was 14 kilograms! I was told that I needed to lose eight pounds if I wanted to carry it on. If not, the carry on fee would be $400! Thankfully, my other option was to check in my bag…FOR FREE! 🙂

After a long layover at Chicago, it was finally time to board Asiana Airlines! I have never been on a plane so big before! This flight was also classy!

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Talk about a comfortable flight! Additionally, two meals were provided. The first meal was a beef and rice stir (I do not remember the name of it 🙁 …). With this meal came a cup of small dried fish. Surprisingly, it was delicious! Camera 360Camera 360

My second meal was a rice (밥) mixed with octopus! This only increased my anticipated excitement for the food I will be consuming this year!

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Although the Asiana flight was a long 14 hours, it did seem to go by faster than I anticipated. Before I knew it, I was going through immigration, finding my luggage, and trying to find the bus station! Then I was off for Daejeon! 🙂

Snapchat-20140804065151The minions also enjoyed their first flight. 😉

Once I arrived in 대챈 I was able to meet co-workers and finally see my new apartment! Below is a video tour of my new living space!

To my surprise, my apartment was bigger than I had anticipated AND…I have a western toilet! YOOOOHOOOO! I can’t wait to settle in and call this new place my home!

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South Korea, Here I Come!

(I wrote the following post in Chicago, but I was disconnected from the internet and have not had internet until now. Read on and enjoy!) Hello from Chicago! In about an hour I will be boarding my 14 hour flight to Seoul, South Korea! For me, this week was consumed with final preparation and packing. I started the week by heading to Omaha to receive all of my immunizations and a new computer (woot woot) before departing. After going through the daunting process of shots, pills, and trying to find a decent computer, I finally had the chance get some quality family time. Family time is an essential preparation for to a trip without an arranged return date! Throughout my last week I had the opportunity to spend time with my parents! When they were not working we spent some time by the pool, made some amazing cauliflower crust pizza, and topped every supper off with some frozen yogurt! I decided I will definitely be overeating all of this American food because I do not know when I will be able to have it next! Later on in the week I got to spend a day with my younger sister, Emily. Although our day was filled with driving all through Nebraska to take care of a few things, we did manage to go out to eat, get some pedicures, and do some shopping! I was thankful I had this “Em and Ta Day” because I was not sure if I would be able to see her the morning of my flight.

After having an Em and Ta day, I was then able to spend some time with my older sister, Nicole. We were able to spend the day at our parents house, looked at her new wedding photos, and hung out in the pool! 🙂 Towards the end of the night I began the “last” of my packing. I soon discovered that this would spiral into a stressful event that would roll over to the next day! After packing and weighing each luggage 12 different times, we were finally done! This was also after we came to the realization that I had to use a third suitcase to fit all of my stuff! As of then, it seemed as if I was ready to leave for the Kansas City airport! The rest of my time with my family consisted of taking multiple “last family” photos before my departure. Additionally, we all went out to a soft serve frozen yogurt shop because Dad has never been to one before! It was a great time for family bonding.

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Later that night, when mostly everyone went to sleep in their hotel rooms, my sisters and I spent our last night painting nails, watching a movie, and doing a practice run on how my luggage pick up will occur once I arrive in Seoul! We practiced this luggage pick up about three time! haha The following video is a recording of the FINAL practice run! After that run through, we decided I would be ready for the real thing! 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrbZKzFJsFI&feature=youtu.be After all of the family time, packing, and practice runs of the big day I was ready to go! I am so thankful for the support system I have. If I did not have this support system, I would not have the courage to make this move on my own. After hugging my immediate family members goodbye at the airport, I began to board the plan. Although a few tears were streaming down my face, I continued to confidently walk down that terminal and onto the airplane. This is the start of my new adventure. (Last family photos before I left! ↓)

효가가요 (I’m going on a vacation).

It’s official! My flight to South Korea has finally been booked! On August 4 I will be saying goodbye to loved ones and moving out of the United States. I have been out of the country before, but I was traveling with a group of people. This will be my first time flying out of the country on my own! Additionally, last night I was informed that no one will be meeting me at the airport, so I will have to find my way to Daejeon City on my own. I was given instructions on what I need to do once I arrive to the airport in Seoul, but it shall be interesting because I do not know much Korean!

Although there are minor things that are beginning to stress me out, I am extremely excited! Last week I began learning the Korean alphabet, Hangul! So far I know all the ten vowels and a few consonants. Not only have I learned half of the alphabet, but I also know a few words: 야 (Hey!), 우유 (Milk), 아야 (Ouch!), 우유요 (It is milk.), and 효가가요 (I’m going on a vacation.). These are essential words and phrases I need to know, right?! Hopefully I learn to say the word “bathroom” before I leave because I know that will be a word I need! After I learn that world I think I will be set!

I am sure it will take me some time to learn the language, but I am excited to immerse myself in this new country and learn everything as I go along. Hopefully by my post next week I will be settled into my new apartment, learning a few more words, and loving my new home!