Fun(?) with KoreaPosted: May 11, 2010 Filed under: Gulliver's Travels 1 Comment
So far nothing much has really been going on in my internship. I was told I would be getting some projects “in a couple days,” but nothing more specific than that. The building where I am working is really quite impressive. There is toothpaste and mouthwash in the bathrooms, so you know it’s high end. It is right next the to Korean World Trade Tower, and is connected to it via a giant underground mall that is the super trendy place to shop in Korea. To give you an idea of what I’ve been up to, here’s a typical day:
I get up around 7, and I am out the door by 8. I don’t really have to be to work until 9:30, but the later I come in, the later I have to stay. I take the subway (along with half the population of Seoul) to get to where I work. I am often surprised at how many people can fit into one subway car. I’m pretty sure you would be surprised too. I’ll try to get a picture of it, but to truly experience it, you have to be there. Also, I am surprised at how HOT it gets in the subway car. I usually try to shimmy my way to an air-conditioner, so I don’t die of heat and being squished.
After about 45 minutes, I arrive at Samsung Station, and head out into the fresh air.
And then I make my way to the ASEM tower, where I (sort of) work.
I then make my way up to the 19th floor and to my desk area.
There is one other intern right now. She is from Germany, and doesn’t speak a lick of Korean. Because I don’t have any real assignments (or even fake assignments), I get to sit there and look busy. I do however, get to make frequent trips to the break room to admire the view, and drink juice which has been generously provided for employees.
More updates will come as more work is done!
I would say, “Wow,” except for the part about doing nothing. But I guess if you’ve got to have a really boring job, it’s nice to have it in an interesting location.