Today two more students arrived in the morning and at breakfast-time they were introduced to us. For breakfast we had toast with strawberry-marmalade and milk, very western. It seems they are going easy on us food-wise.
Until 10.00 a.m. we had free time and visited the convienience store near by, however it was quickly was labelled nano-market as it was a really tiny and very lonely store. (I need to take photos of it.) A small selection of every daily-need items is offered so it suits our need as we get to visit Seoul soon enough.
Finally at 10.00 a.m. the "Welcoming ceremony" was held, the headmaster, the director of the hankuk kiwon, and the director of Kings Field held a speech each and our teachers were introduced. Kim Sung-Rae 4p our headteacher and headmaster, Kim Sung Ryong 9p a former titleholder and Hong Seul-ki 7dan a former insei will teach us from now on. Diana Koszegi is still in Europe and another 5dan teacher is busy in Seoul collecting another few students.
My speech went well and soon after the ceremony was over. The TV channel "KBS", which recorded everything, requested the 9p to play a simul game and that was my chance to play a professional for the first time in Korea. Needless to say that I lost easily on 5 handicap stones by 6 points. The review was very interesting even though the teacher does not speak English yet but Baduk players understand each other easily on the board though.
The daily routine started today with after breakfast studying Baduk problems and the starting our weekly league games. There are three leagues, A B and C, we play each opponent twice in one week and the best move up and the last move down. I am currently in league B and surely planning to move up next week of course.
After lunch our league games continued as the game reviews of them by our teachers. Then more study and finally around 17.00 pm the first language class. It taught us the basic Baduk terms we need for our visit in Seoul next weekend.
Except the occasional visits of the Korean TV reporters who eagerly questioned us and who will put us on nation-wide broadcast sometime next week.
The story about Seoul will follow later.