My day started off well (see previous post; plus bonus: got to talk with Mom & Dad, as well as Karen & Bobby via Skype -love it!), and it ended well. In the middle was a bunch of good stuff, too, but I must start with the most unusual, that being my first trip to a Korean hospital. My manager took me there as step one of orientation since to obtain my Alien Registration Card (the all-important document which allows me to get a legitimate Internet connection and cell phone), I must first submit a clean bill of health. The visit was brief and the battery of tests relatively typical (one exception: too embarrassing to post but involves their taking certain measurements); however, I'm still amused they made me wear a mask throughout my visit (exhibit below):
From the hospital we trekked over to the COEX building for a quick errand (cannot wait to return as there's so much going on at COEX and in that general area) and then stopped at the company's headquarters. I was happy to finally meet Rosa who's been really helpful throughout this entire recruiting and hiring process. I also met the co-founder/president which was a real honor. Don't think I've yet mastered the appropriate bow, so must practice for future meetings.
Training was straightforward and enjoyable. My manager covered part of the teacher handbook, and then I observed two classes. Both teachers were terrific, and I feel I'm learning a ton. Can't believe these young students sit through 2-3 hour classes, and in the evenings no less. I was rather tired leaving campus but motivated enough to check out the cool shopping complex across the street. It is amazing. I had a great Korean dinner and then browsed through several floors which form a fascinating maze of electronics, toys, stationery, clothes, groceries, home goods, flowers, books, cosmetics... easy to get lost, and so I headed home before I forgot the way back.
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