The first stop - Seoul, S. Korea!
05/11/2009 - 05/12/2009
This is a trip from over the summer, but I never got a chance to really record the journey. I always mean to put them in a written journal - anyone who has ever traveled with me knows that I collect plane tickets, entrance cards, etc for souvenirs and that I like to take notes about the day on scraps of paper. But unfortunately, those scraps of paper have yet to be translated to an actual re-telling of the trip, so I'm turning to the more efficient means of blogging to get everything down before I forget... and I would hate to forget this trip! So here goes...
Our final exams had just been a few days before, but all thoughts of school were forgotten as we prepared for our Epic Asia Trip! For the next 6 weeks we would be traveling through S. Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and China - an exciting but also rather daunting endeavor. For months beforehand, me and my bestest traveling buddy T had booked hostels, planned out itineraries, applied for visas and passes and basically waited anxiously for May 11th to roll around.
It was a gorgeous day, probably the best day to spend 13 hours in a plane. T and I somehow didn't get our assigned seats, so we were split up... but Korean Air made up for this by having great customer service and in-flight entertainment. I don't know how those stewardesses manage to look perfect and pretty throughout the entire flight, but they were super feminine and polite. My Korean friend SJ told me that the #1 marriage choice for Korean men are stewardesses; now I can see why!
In Seoul, we would be staying with our friend and classmate SJ, who was returning to Korea for the summer. After landing, we all met up and SJ's father gave us a ride to her apartment, which is in a suburb of Seoul, and we were greeted by her mom and brother, who were super friendly. I feel extremely grateful to her mother, since she gave me and T her room! Which has its own bathroom, complete with cute curvy bathtub and bidet.
We also got to meet Moongchi - Pretty cute, eh?
For our first night, we were treated out to dinner at a restaurant called Bulgogi Brothers. With a name like that, we had to have bulgogi - accompanied by kiwi juice, a drink which sounded delicious but was thick and sour. It was a pretty good meal, but the bill! At roughly a little more than 1000 won to 1 dollar, it came out to a roughly $110 for four people. That made me appreciate SJ's mother all that much more!
Tomorrow we would be heading to Jeju Island - at 7 AM! Which translated to an early night for us...