{Travel} Korea Day 0

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For the last 2 months I had been burning your ears on my desire to travel to Korea and visit my friend who is teaching English there. I finally managed to get my british passport and booked my ticket last month (2 weeks before departure), I can not believe it was actually happening until Wednesday 30th April 2015 arrived when I woke up at 3am (flight was 10am and I was only 15 minutes away), I was too excited. I had packed and repacked everything for the humpth time until it was time to leave the door. Because I knew my friend’s family wanted to send her something I decided to visit them the day before and spend the night there since they live so close to the airport. The majority of my items were in my hand luggage so they had enough space to give me to take for my friend.

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I managed to grab a cab from there house to Heathrow terminal 2 where I caught a flight to Munich, Germany and waited for less than 2 hours before I boarded my 10+ hour flight to Incheon International Airport, Korea (south). The flight from London to Munich was not too bad but the flight to Incheon was bloody long and painful. Lufthansa offered great services and I can honestly say I give them 5* for their flight and customer services, what didn’t work for me was the man I sat next to. Good lord breath mints and showering plus deodorant never hurt no one. I do not think he had showered or bathed in a couple days, I can not judge since I do not know his circumstance but for 10+ hours I had to hold something over my nose as not to smell him, I could not even eat properly. This really ticked me off as well as forgetting to bring my neck pillow. I stupidly bought the inflatable pillow and ladies/gents operative word here is INFLATABLE instead of the already done ones. Have you ever tried to blow a balloon up there in the sky so close to God, an impossibility for me so I had to forgo that and stick to my fleece blanket and aeroplane pillows which are always a nightmare and they were on this flight too.

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When I arrived in Incheon things got a bit funny, my pick-up person cancelled on my friend the same hour I was landing so my friend had to request day off to come collect me from the airport. I waited for my friend for an hour but I was lucky because wireless is free and very much accessible everywhere in Korea. When she arrived we took a cab to her place, me and my lack of knowing money I thought 120,000won converts to $12 actually it converts to $120 (insert big gulp). It cost her that much so I could ride comfortably and safely reach her place instead of train or bus trolling my suitcase and bags.

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When we arrived at her place, I had a shower and we headed into town to have some lunch as we were both starving. I knew what I wanted to eat, though I did not know the name of it I knew it was something I have seen in KDRAMAs many a time so I was ready. But good lord do I suck at using chopsticks, I very britishly requested for a folk which I got and enjoyed my food.

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After lunch we walked around to show me the town she has been living in for almost a year now. Her Korea is so much better than my 2 cents and she is absolutely loving it here.

we headed out for the night and met up with her fellow teacher friends some who were british and another Korea. It was such a lovely night, I met so many people. I managed to attend a live band, two pubs and 2 clubs all in 10 hours of arriving in Seoul. By the time we got back to her place it was 7am Friday morning, we had not done this since we finished university in 2013 so this was long overdue.

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I will definitely say my day 0 in Seoul, Korea was epic and one that I will not be forgetting anytime soon.

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  • I also don’t know how to use chopsticks. I could totally relate! 🙂

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  • This blog post was so educational for me! I’ve never been to Korea, but this helped me visualize how awesome it would be to go!

    • I am glad to hear that, if you get a chance you should go.

  • Sounds like a great first day in Korea. Glad you were able to reconnect with your friend, and get some authentic Korean food, and stay out all night. Not sure if I could handle such an epic day after flying, but sounds like you managed just fine. Hope the rest of your trip was just as awesome.

    • It was awesome and I think jetlag and too much adrenaline gave me the strength to pull this off lol

  • What a great trip for you! It’s great that you finally got to go after wanting to for so long.

    • Thanks, it has amazing to have finally gone.

  • I have not been to Seoul before but it is a place I would like to visit. You’re lucky you have a friend there, I find the travel to be much more fun when you have someone to be your guide.

    • It is so much easier to travel to a foreign land when you have friends who can act as a guide plus free accommodation comes to mind too lol

  • I cannot wait till the time I get to visit Korea itself. Sounds like this is just a start of more awesomeness to the place!

    • It is such an awesome place, I can not wait to go back in 2 months time. It is epic, the people are so nice and most are friendly

  • Glad you made it safe and sound. You have a great friend. Looking forward to reading more about your experience in Korea.

    • She is an amazing friend, I could not have asked for more. I had such a lovely time.

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! I am so envious 🙂

  • I’ve never been to Korea, hopefully one day I will get to visit and experience the culture. Looks like a great place.

  • I have never been to Korea either. It looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

    • It is a beautiful country, you should so visit it when you get the opportunity

  • I have never been to Korea either. It looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sharon Ulery Ruggieri

    Nope, never been, but I love the culture and plan on going one day. I’ll remember to bring a real pillow and avoid stinky people 😀

  • Tyra

    This sounds like such a great trip! So much in one day! Wow.

  • I’ve never been to Korea but I would very much love to go. I travel at least once a year so will have to put Korea on my bucket list. Have fun!

  • A Life of Love and Joy

    Sounds like you had a crazy start to your trip! I don’t think I could remotely handle a long flight, haha. I can barely handle a 2.5 hour flight from Tampa, FL to Buffalo, NY! LOL!

    • Lol, I had no choice it’s the fastest way to get there lol but i loved it

    • Lol, I had no choice it’s the fastest way to get there lol but i loved it

  • Jennifer Juro

    What a crazy day!!! All of the food looks amazing and what a great adventure this started out to be!

  • DeafWanderlust

    Awesome! Sorry suffering with the stinky person right next to you on the plane. I’m sure you were excited to inhaled fresh air in South Korea, haha. I love South Korea! I went there last summer to Seoul and other cities. I suggest you to check out Busan and Gyeongju as well if you want something different. There are posts about it on my blog (: Enjoy South Korea! (:

    • Thanks hun, next time I am checking out Busan and Jeju island. I think I did go to Gyeongju but will see. I will check out your blog for sure

    • Thanks hun, next time I am checking out Busan and Jeju island. I think I did go to Gyeongju but will see. I will check out your blog for sure

    • Thanks hun, next time I am checking out Busan and Jeju island. I think I did go to Gyeongju but will see. I will check out your blog for sure

  • Wow! What an adventure and that is just day 1! I have never been tehre but it is definitely in my bucket list! 🙂

  • Your very first night sounded like it was fun. What a great way to get to know a city!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve never actually seen pictures of Korea, and your pictures are so cool!

  • Christy Maurer

    I am not sure I would have handled the flight any better than you did! 10 hours by a stinky person is not fun! I love using chopsticks, though I suck at them too lol.

  • Michele

    I am glad your trip to see your friend was a success-even though the plane ride was a bit uncomfortable. You certainly got a lot done in that short period of time!!

    • Thanks, it was a fun experience one I hope to repeat (except for the smelling person part)

  • Fiona Naughton

    I’m so glad you mad it to Seoul, I know you were really looking forward to your trip. How unfortunate to be sitting next to a smelly soul for a long haul flight though :/

    • It was unfortunate but was very happy to arrive and have fun plus meeting new people in such a beautiful country

  • Tanj from A Travelogue

    Glad you loved your stay in Seoul! 😀

  • fashion-mommy

    What a fabulous experience to go to Korea, but your flight, oh dear, what a total nightmare to sit by a smelly for 10 hours.

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  • This is part of the word I’ve never been to but would love to explore in the future. Looks like you had a great time