| We started the day
with a breakfast of kimchee. Hmmm.. three meals a day... eleven days... 33
meals of kimchee! Oh boy!
After breakfast, Ga Young dropped Sterling and I off at Chosun University
where we regrouped with the rest. The morning's activities included a tour
of Chosun, meeting officials, and exchanging money.
Chosun University was founded in 1946. The College of Physical Education,
where we were going to work out, is only one of many colleges on the campus.
Unlike places like Yongin University and the Korean Sports University,
Chosun's main emphasis is not on sports, although it still offered degrees
in sports like the sports universities.
Dr. Seung-Doo Wee, Dean of the Sports College, greeted us first;
then, we were herded into a small meeting room where we met Vice-Chancellor
Hwang. Dr. Ur had appreciation plagues for both Dr. Wee and Vice-Chancellor
Hwang. Most of the meeting with Vice-Chancellor Hwang was conducted in
Korean, so we sat politely and tried not to fidget too much. We also got
to meet the Chosun Taekwondo Team and took group pictures with them.
After the formalities, we settled on the more practical task of exchanging
money. Exchanging money turned out to be a huge endeavor. The exchange
rate was about 1.2 wons (the Korean currency unit) to the dollar. Since
so many of us needed to exchange money, we pooled all the money together
and had only three of us do the actual money exchange at the bank. I was
one of the three. I am not sure if I have ever had so much cash in my hands
at once! Thoughts of skipping town danced through my head...
After lunch, we all headed to the Campus Store for some shopping.