Survival Mode

This past week I’ve been in survival mode, getting over jet lag, figuring out how to feed myself, and finding the motivation to unpack and clean my apartment. I am still waiting for my alien registration number so I can get a phone, bank account, and start my real life here.

But I have done some exploring with my across-the-hall friend Ruth.

We finally hit the jackpot today on where to go to buy everything we could ever want or need: Home Plus at the 문래 (Mullae) subway stop. It’s like a huge Walmart with an awesome grocery store that has tons of tasty free samples. They even had a bunch of international sauces! It was a bit overwhelming. I didn’t have enough cash to buy a Britta water filter, but once I go back and get that, I’ll be set! (And maybe a new trash can, because the one that was left in my apartment is kind of grossing me out, but let’s not go there..)

By the way, every time I cross the river in the subway, I gasp. (It takes me by surprise, because you come out of the darkness of being underground into a brilliant view of the water.) I love it.

Funniest moment of the day: I was checking out the tupperware selection (containers for kimchi and other side dishes are a must) when I accidentally knocked over three sets of containers. While putting them back, I knocked over three more. Of course this all made a bunch of noise and I was already feeling self-conscious as a non-native, so I did what I usually do and started giggling. Ruth said, “Uh-oh, there’s a foreigner making a mess over in aisle 4.”  I think that was the first time I’ve really laughed since I’ve been here.

Tomorrow: church and more human contact!

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Elizabeth is an American living in South Korea who believes in destiny, miracles, and living life intentionally. She holds to simple faith in a complex world, values the beauty of the everyday, and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is always learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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