*A little side tracking here to do a Bio of my coteacher* She is older than me, but I don't know her exact age. She is about my height and kind of thin. She doesn't really wear a lot of makeup or fancy clothes, more business casual. Her personality is warm, but also she can be frank. I have noticed that she gets to the point on things right away. She has enjoyed the gifts I have brought her. Also sometimes we have conversations to get to know each other. All in all, she is much better to work with than my last coteachers. Also she is very curious about America and America's teaching system. *
I am a shy person when meeting a group of people for the first time, so as we walked out of the school I smiled to everyone but kept a bit quiet.
Our group consisted of all females, and we were all teachers. We got into my coteachers car and everyone was figuring out where to go. They asked me, but I said I don't know.
We didn't go very far, just into Sanbon downtown and parked in a parking garage. There is a building across from the Emart that houses an Outback Steakhouse among other restaurants. We went to Ashley's, a kind of buffet American style restaurant. You order the Salad Bar or the menu has steaks and other meaty items.
We all got the salad bar.
The choices were pretty good and I picked up a selection of potato wedges, mashed sweet potatoes, dim sum, and a noodle salad.
As we ate, the gals chatted to one another in Korean.
After we stuffed ourselves with 2 plate servings, things started to warm up a bit and I was asked questions in English.
My coworkers questions towards me included:
- What was the most culture shocking thing you saw when you first came here? Answer was, the squid and other sea creatures that restaurants store in tank in front of their shop. Also mentioned everything is generally a culture shock.
- Do you like our school's children? Yes, they are funny and cute.
- Do you like Korea? Yes I like Korea. It is a very interesting culture. But I think socially it needs a lot of work. And I elaborated on some social issues. Thanks Roboseyo for gearing my head with all these issues. hehe
It was a good bonding experience and I felt everyone around me was warm and friendly. They let me in an interesting secret, too.
This being that the Vice President is a person they don't really like. Also they warned that at parties, he tends to drink a lot and "touch" woman. I asked "On the shoulder?" Everyone looked at each other and grinned. Apparently the touching goes beyond the shoulders. Hopefully the old guy will keep his paws off the Mi-guk (foreigner)....hopefully.
Ah well it was good and I made sure to be friendly and also a little outgoing.