I’ve now been in Korea for four weeks, and I thought it was about time I got around to describing my flat for you.
I live in a three story building on the ground floor. I was really nervous when the director brought me “home” for the first time, as you never really know what you are going to get in Korea when you are a teacher. Most of the flats aren’t very big, but they range in quality from super-ghetto to pretty decent and new.
I like that my building is close to everything, that there are digital locks (no keys to lose when you are out and about) and that the flat was on the ground floor. So far so good.
Then she opened the door.
Can’t say I was too pleased with what I was seeing. It was filthy. Not just all the stuff left behind (the previous teacher left in a hurry, so a lot of her stuff was left behind), but it wasn’t clean. At all.
There were immediately obvious things, like the bedding hadn’t been washed, but there were surprises too. Like the food in the fridge that had begun growing food of its own. Or the mould under the toilet seat. Or the floors that were so marked up and dirty that it’s taken me around 12 hours to get them clean (and the flat is tiny).
So the first things I notice about my new home is that it is filthy and the windows suck balls. Worse, the director tries to tell me that they “didn’t have time to clean”. Even though the flat had been empty for a couple of weeks. Even though the school has never had a flat cleaned ever. Yarg.
But now that I have the place cleaned up and cleaned out, I’m really quite happy with my new digs. The only bad thing really is the windows, and that is a shame. But I am happy that:
a. I have cool digital locks
b. I have a brand-new washing machine
c. The washing machine isn’t in the bathroom
d. The furnishings are quite new and modern
e. There’s no mould on the walls (a major problem here)
f. Although there is the occasional weird funk from the drains, it could be a bajillion times worse
g. It’s super close to everything
h. It’s on the ground floor
So I’m happy with it overall. It’s not big, but it’ll be easier to keep clean that way, right? Here’s some shots of it after I have it all tidied up and clean. If you have any questions about living in a flat in Korea, just drop it in the comments.