Once I arrived, I was greeted by my host parents and a representative from the organization I went through. I really like my HF(host family) they are extremely kind, polite and nice people. After meeting them they drove me from the airport to their home in Uiwang, where I will be spending my year in Korea. Then after relaxing for a bit I went to some relatives house to meet some of the extended family everyone was very polite and nice to me. My first night in Korea was nice, also I sleep a lot more than usual here I don't know why. Can never have enough sleep.
My first week was to go to orientation at the organizations offices in Seoul to meet with the other exchange students going to Korea and to learn a few basic things. I was really intimidated on how to get there but the transit here is really simple and you can go basically everywhere. I only got off at wrong stop once and it was only one stop away so I just walked the last bit and it wasn't too bad. The public transit here is good but so packed, especially in the morning. Sometimes I swore the bus was full, but no need to fit like 10 more people on. Getting a seat is like god smiling upon you this day.
So after arriving at the offices I met all the other exchange students from around the world. It turns out that I was the only guy who decided to go to Korea using this organization so it was 22 girls and one guy. It was kind of awkward at the beginning but most of the other students were really cool and easy too talk to. Although I definitely like some more than others. Besides being the only guy I was the only person to come from Canada, where nearly everyone else came in at least groups of 2-4 people. During the orientation period we learnt general Korea customs and culture also a little bit of korean language. My Korean is definitely in the worst have of the students as someone of them have been studying for over a year and even took formal lessons. Even so I will still try hard and study as much as I can.
So after a 3 day orientation we began to see some historical and famous tourist spots around Seoul. We went to see old Korean Palaces, Chungdae Stream( i think that is how you spell) and then on Friday to Myeongdong. Myeongdong was amazing never seen so many people all in one place. Was a really cool experience and even bought a few clothes and stuff. The weekend was nice I mostly just relaxed and rested, saw a movie, walked around a bit.
The next major thing I did was to go see my school principal and homeroom teacher. For this I had to wear my uniform, which I actually really like. My school is 5 floors which is pretty massive compared to schools in Canada. So that is about it for my first week I'm sure I forgot something but whatever. All in all it is great here my host family is really nice and I cannot wait to start school on Friday.
Will probably make another entry just on first day of school.