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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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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!