Seoul Stopover

Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Thursday, March 2, 2006

So, Chris and I took off from Denver around (local time) 6 am and eventaully arrived in Seoul around (local time) 8 pm. There's a 15 hour time difference between Denver and Seoul, meaning it was actaully 5 am back in Denver. Time changes are so weird on your body! Anyway, we flew Singapore Airlines which was fantastic - great food, comfy seats, and a superb entertainment system where you can choose what to watch and whne you want to watch it (those who have traveled overseas can understand this best)!

Incheon, Korea's main international terminal is about an hour outside of Seoul so we took an airport bus (called airport limousine here) into Soeul. Chris, going against my advice and not buying a large backpack, was hilarious as he dragged his humongous bag all over Seoul - he was breathless and drenched in sweat after only a few minutes!! haha But the hostel we were staying at was close so we were there before too long. The first nioght we just chilled and tried to get some sleep and adjust to the time difference. The next day we ventured out and I knew my way around pretty good since I had spent a week in Seoul previously. Chris was really interested in seeing the electronics market so we went to the Yongsan area. This place is crazy - about 20 buildings averaging 6 stories high and all filled with any kind of electronics you can imagine! It actually is the largest electronics market in Asia. Chris was like a kid in a candy store and we both laughed about how some of our friends from back home would freak out over this place and probably be infected with some type of shoppers coma based on such massive quantity and availability - not to ention the fact that you can actually bargain down the prices, saving anywhere from 10 to 40% on the price you'd pay back home! There are no China-like prices, but the quality is unquestioned and you definitely get all that you pay for. So, we spent a good amount of time there and then walked around the Jong-no area and up the streets near Dongdaemon outdoor market, where, with amazing luck, we found a Mont-Bell store that had killer prices on backpacks. Chris bought one and got a fantastic price on a backpack that would have cost double back in the US. We walked a lot that and Chris got a chance to see street life in Asia, which can be quite an eye-opener. But he took it very well, and thats defintely a compliment because a lot of people cant handle the differences and lose it and have to go back home!

Anyway, we took it easy again that night, hoping to quickly adjust to the time change, and just relaxed near the hostel and prepared ourselves for the next day, which would be taking us and all our possessions to meet with our new employers!
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