I love Korea. I’m having a really great time and I love the people here. Sometimes though, it’s very frustrating. For instance, I’ve been waiting for a new roof in my hallway for a few months now. I had a new roof, but the landlord took it for for whatever reason. Now I’m roofless and it’s bellow zero. This might come as a surprise to some of you, but a snowy marble floor with dress shoes in the morning is the most dangerous thing. Obviously, sometimes it’s hard to get stuff done here. I’m not saying I’m the most prompt person on earth (far from it), but I like to do a good job and I like having a schedule that I loosely follow. Here, that’s no always the case.
Here’s an actual conversation I had with my boss after lunch about winter language camp.
Me: So do I have to teach a winter camp in January?
Boss: No, you’ll have summer camp this summer.
Me: Oh, ok. So I don’t have classes this winter?
Boss: Yes. No classes.
Me: Ok, so I can go to Japan anytime?
Boss: No, you’ll have conversation classes in January.
Me: Oh. Cool. So when will I know how many student there are and the exact dates? (so I can start to prepare)
Boss: I’ll know in 7 days.
Me: So you’ll tell me next week?
In Korea, maybe means no. If you ask someone if they plan on doing something, and they say maybe, it means no. Not maybe, but a full out no. I really like my boss. He’s a terrific guy, but sometimes it can be a little frustrating. I’ve also been waiting for a new English class room since November (I was told it would be completed then). Now it looks like I’ll only have it next February, not I’m in a big rush for it.
Really, all I’m asking for is a hallway roof. That would be a nice start.