Saturday, March 1, 2008

My New Digs

I just got moved in to my apartment today, so at last I have my own internet connection and can post at more convenient times, without adorable little Korean children interupting (although the interuptions are usually cute).

I like my place. No boring white walls, the ceiling is pretty cool, and I have a lot more space than I expected. I love how I keep getting surprised by things being better than I thought they'd be. Take my director for instance: I knew she seemed nice in her e-mails, but I had no idea what a sweet, caring, considerate, and fun person I would be working for. I just think the world of her! And the other teachers all turned out to be so much warmer and friendlier than I thought they would be. I wasn't expecting coldness, by any means, but I thought it would take more effort from me to make friends here. I love happy surprises!

I haven't had half the problems I thought I would run across here. The food, which I thought would pose problems, has been almost entirely delicious. I haven't dealt with loneliness because other people have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome and have looked after me. I haven't gotten sick from all the changes; in fact, I feel better than I've felt in over a month! The jet lag I expected never really happened. I just slept in my first day and went to bed early that night, and I've felt fine every since. No hint of exhaustion. Even teaching my first class wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. I wound up having a great time with the kids. I'm still expecting to be homesick in a few weeks, but maybe I'll get a happy surprise there, too.

Coming here is shaping up to be one of the smartest decisions I have ever made. I feel so grateful for how wonderful it has been so far, and for the great experiences I'm going to have.

1 comment:

Matthew Royal said...

It's awesome that things are working out so well for you! Looks like all your blog-readers' prayers are working. :)

"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"