It’s been three months since I visited Korea but I still laugh at the memories we have created at that country. It’s already unforgettable since this is where I traveled solo for the first time – even if it was only for a short 1.5 days, but even more so when my friend and her family arrived. You’d probably seen her around in my blog since I travelled to Hong Kong and other local places with her.
I think this is a fitting way to start my Seoul Searching 2016 travel series, since I started to you guys how Hong Kong culture shocked me. I’ll just list down the five unforgettable moments we had in Korea.
Where the heck are the escalators?
I am not exaggerating when I say that I don’t remember seeing much escalators at Korea – I only remember the ones in the airport! Even elevators are rare – and they are hidden away. I haven’t climbed stairs like that since never. I probably climbed up and down more than 20 flights of stairs a day. I forgot what day it was when we decided to screw stairs and walked towards the elevator. The only ones in it besides us are the elderly. We were kind of huffing and puffing while the elders were all chill. Once we came out of it, we just burst out laughing. Yuna’s brother even pretended to have a hard time walking to justify our elevator trip lol.
Everland was really, really, really crowded.
Coming from someone who likes being in a mosh pit in a rock concert, the crowd at Everland surprised me a lot. We arrived around 4 PM, and the crowd was still insane. Everland is a huge theme park, but it’s still crowded as heck. I even got separated from Yuna and her brother when passing through a street that has a performance going on. I had to literally push my way out. I think I end up riding only three rides – and one was because a fast pass. That’s how many people there are.
We almost ended up sleeping in a train station.
Continuing our Everland adventure, it just made sense that the bus ride back home would have a long line. It was 10PM, cold as heck, and we haven’t had dinner. We decided to take a bus going to this other station rather than Gangnam since it has no lines. We thought it’ll only take half an hour or so, before finding out it’ll take around an hour. And the last train leaving the station will be in exactly an hour. I wasn’t able to sleep the entire bus ride and we ended up literally running towards the train station and inside the train. It closed just as we got in and slumped in our seats. My heart was racing so fast and we all just sighed loudly in relief. We would have ended up either sleeping at the station or paying outrageous fees for a taxi, if we didn’t make it.
Oh my god, guys. I could gush all day about Korean food. Even their McDonald’s bulgogi burger was amazing. I’m pretty sure I spent half of my pocket money on food alone. We even spent around 100,000 KRW at a barbeque dinner in Myeongdong and it was so worth it. After that delicious dinner, we then sampled the street food all over – it was our last night! We had the egg buns (forgot what it was called), mochi, seaweed, pomegranate juice, beef jerky, chicken skewers, ice cream, crepes, etc. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. My number one reason if I’ll ever go back is their food. And that’s the truth.
We almost wasn’t able to leave Korea.
We got to the airport early – around 8 AM when our flight is almost 1 PM. Still, we almost missed our flight! It’s so crazy. We roamed around the airport for a while and had a big lunch at one of the restaurants. We were mostly spending up our remaining Korean won so we really had a feast before we go. We spent so much time eating our food before we remembered that we’re still not checked in! And the line for the immigration was so long! We ended up sprinting towards the gate. And of course our gate is the farthest one out. I think we got there ten minutes before the plane closed. We took five minutes to catch our breath before going inside the plane!
The list might seem like complaints – except for the food one, duh – but these are the memories we laugh at when talking about our Seoul Trip. Sometimes, the misadventures end up to be the best travel stories. But honest to God, my anxiety levels was off the charts for #3 that I was so giddy when we finally arrived at our AirBNB around 1 to 2 AM and have convenience store food as dinner – FYI, their convenience store food are also amazing! No surprise there.
I’d also share to you guys my Korea photobook lay-out here as a preview for my future posts because I am officially starting my backlogs for my trip. Future posts will be about our autumn trip to Seoul, South Korea!