Sunday, August 2, 2009

We're here!!!!

We made it! The flight went smoothly. When I walked off the plane I felt like we were walking into the Oregon Aquarium, the air felt heavy. Then it hit me – it’s the humidity. A staff member was waiting for us when we made it through customs and after the other new teachers arrived we went to our apartments to drop off our bags.

Our apartment is almost totally empty. There is a bed, a big wardrobe, and TV stand. We have nice air conditioners though. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a small kitchen and a good sized living space. There is no refrigerator so that is our first priority when we go shopping. We have a parking spot in an underground parking lot. Security seems pretty tight in our building, we have a garage door opener, there is a doorman and we have to use a swipe key twice to get to our apartment.

The school took us out for lunch at a little restaurant that is two doors down from the entrance to our apartment were we can get veggies and rice for very cheap. It was so good and easy that Jeremiah went and got us take out for dinner too.

Once on our own we decided to take a walk to Carrefour (like Walmart) that we kind of remembered how to get to. We did eventually find it, though we were dripping sweat by the time we got there, not because of the distance but the heat and humidity. I’ve embraced it, but it is pretty overwhelming compared to home. The highlight for me during this trip was a short asian man looking up at Jeremiah’s hair and saying “whoa”. We’ve seen very few other caucasian people.

When I was on the plane I had a few moments of fear and anxiety, more than I have had leading up to actually leaving, but after being here only a day I can see us having a lot of fun here and really enjoying it.

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