Friday, February 24, 2012

Medical check up

Today, which is the day after we arrived, we had to get a medical check up done.  It was very elaborate.  We had to do a blood test, urine test, eye test, hearing text, blood pressure, height, weight, and x-rays! We will find out the results at the end of the week I believe.  We had to fast beforehand and not take any medication.  I only worry because I took several Advil on the plane...


After practically a day of traveling, I arrived at Incheon airport in Korea.  I was met by a few people from my program EPIK and also my recruiter's agency, Korvia.  My personal recruiter couldn't make it, but her co-workers were there and welcomed me and answered all my questions.  They also gave me a free prepaid cell phone, and a gift.  I got some lunch then our bus arrived and we headed out to our dorm for our orientation.  It was about an hour long bus ride, and I met a few people on the way. 

There are people from all over the world in this program.

When we arrived at the dorm, we ate dinner and settled in.  I got to know my roommate, L, who is extremely nice.  


Though it is true that i've traveled to Korea before, it's different when you have to pack to live there as opposed to just five weeks.  I had to pack for four seasons instead of one. Also, I had to think about all the things I wouldn't be able to find in Korea.  Spices were one.  Granted, I'm not a cook anyway, so I just brought taco seasoning, and lots of it. Also taco sauce.. I'm not obsessed with tacos or anything, i just think it's the only thing I'd be able to cook. 

So I packed a lot of deodorant as well, because that's rare here.  They just do not sweat/smell as much as we do.  Isn't that a nice little factoid? Also tons of pants/skirts, because my size is hard to find here.

 I took two large bags, one carry on bag and one satchel thing. Found out my bags were overweight before I left though, and had to take out 6 more pounds worth. 

I had also packed a container of aloe, which spilled all over my suitcase. Luckily everything was in vacuum sealed bags though! Which you think are lifesavers, because they compact everything, but the weight is still the same so your suitcases end up being super heavy!


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