South Korea

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Where I stayed
Incheon Harbor Hotel

Flag of Korea Rep.  , Incheon,
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

When we got to Korea and went through immigration we must have looked lost as we wandered around looking for the information desk where we had to get the vouchers for the hotel we were staying in (courtesy Korean Air) because a man started waving at us and gesturing for us to come over. So we found the desk and were given our vouchers and funny stickers to put on our coats that practically said 'lost tourist' all over it and went to wait for the bus with the others going to the same hotel. Then we had to follow a man holding a sign out to our bus. It was like he was a modern shepherd; leading the lost herd of tourists. So often we have been the bemused locals watching the tourists and it was actually fun and very amusing to be on the other side!

The bus was so funny. The seats were bright purple with a gold pattern, the curtain were bright purple, and there were even bright purple cloth decorations with gold tassels hanging from the baggage racks. The seats also had white doily things on the back of the seats with purple flowers embroided. I felt it was more like an Indian or Thai shrine would be decorated then a bus. Felix felt like he was on the Harry Potter Night Bus.

We got to our hotel and checked in. we were told it was a five star hotel, I almost can’t really accept this was true. How is it that when we bought the cheapest flights we end up living it up in luxury? So we had a wonderful night in a beautiful room with buffet dinner and breakfast, a huge window with the moon rising over the city and colourful streets below, a massive shower without water restrictions, Korean ‘video hits’ on a glossy massive TV (very funny)… it was great, and definitely five star!!

Before we left for the airport again in the morning we went for a quick walk round the block in the chilly -4c. It is such a different city to Melbourne. There are so many little things that make it overall look so much more delicate and detailed, for example the drains rather then just being straight are beautiful patterns. We walked past an anchor factory, something you don’t see every day.

Our flight to Germany went much quicker then to Korea, we had our own little entertainment system, and flying over China (the Gobi Desert), Russia (Siberia and The Ural Mountains) was so amazing. The mountains were perfectly covered with smooth white snow and then it just stopped on the flat ground, and seeing sand dunes with snow is an amazing sight.
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Marce on

Did you see any dog restaurants, ie. where they eat dogs?

Marleena on

-4 degrees?! I hope it warms up a bit before I get to Seoul in March!
Have a great time in Germany, guys.

Maria on

We love your travel diary! Keep the entries and photos coming! Love the Harry Potter bus especially :-)

xx Miwa

Aunty on

You have really started on your big adventure, stay safe. I love the diary you are keeping and allowing us to share it with you.

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