7/10/09

Adjusting to living abroad

Dennis Miller famously said: "Sure, the lion is king of the jungle but airdrop him into Antarctica & he's just a penguin's bitch."

I'm having that feeling now in Korea. Just getting basic things done can be a chore.

Mailing something from the post office? First, I had to figure out where the post office is. Then, I had to figure out how to get there. Then, I had to actually find the place. Then, let the folks there know what I wanted to do.

Thankfully, there's a post office just a block away from where I'm working. That means I only got lost once. I stopped a Korean woman on the street to ask her in Korean where the post office was. I had rehearsed the lines before leaving so I sounded quite fluent when I asked. She seemed surprised that I was asking about the post office. I suspect she thought I was asking her in English so I had to repeat myself before she actually caught on that I was asking her in Korean...

She ended up walking me part of the way to make sure I didn't get lost. I got to the post office without a problem, probably with her watching from a distance to make sure I didn't get lost again.

I mailed the letter without a problem at all. At least on this occasion, Korea was my bitch...

CJL