For being something provided gratis by my employer, I can’t really complain – it’s actually a lot nicer than I expected.

The apartment - Behind the scenes, Personal -

Walk into the ‘main’ room – complete with a dining room table and door to the bathroom. Walk a few steps further and you’re into the kitchen – two-burner stove (no oven as we know of it), sink, and fridge. Walk straight and you’ll see what I’ll call a laundry / drying room. A drying rack on one side also has an iron and some cleaning supplies; a little further is a washer (in Korean) and heating controls (in Celsius).

The apartment - Behind the scenes, Personal -

Come back towards the dining room and through the bedroom – not unlike a dorm room setup.The apartment - Behind the scenes, Personal -


A extra-long twin-sized bed means my queen-sized sheets are a little big, but they’ll fit better than normal twin-sized sheets. An American TV in the corner (not visible in the picture) is hooked up to a transformer converting Korean electricity to American (meaning my Nintendo DS can be charged!). There’s also a VCR and some videos in a drawer below the TV, though I doubt I’ll watch any of them. A tall armoire holds all of my clothes, while a loveseat rests between the armoire and the door. Exit the bedroom and you’re back in the ‘main’ room.
The apartment - Behind the scenes, Personal -

To the left of the main room is the oddest potion of this apartment – the bathroom. Inside is a commode and a showerhead – but they’re combined in one room (the shower’s not in a separate bathtub like we’re used to). There’s also no sink, but there is mirror by the shower head to look at your pretty self. No putting a book on top of the toilet – taking a shower means anything in the room will get wet. On the positive side, there’s plenty of maneuver around – no more baby steps while showering to avoid losing one’s balance.

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On the whole, the apartment is functional, relatively clean, and definitely meant for one person. A number of things are different about it when compared to an American apartment, but many of them are tiny differences when compared to the language barrier and other things. There’s plenty of stuff left over from previous residents, so I’m not hurting for pots and pans, cups, etc. Now it’s time to move on and explore some more of this city – my computer time is almost up!

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