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