Hi hi! I haven’t been blogging daily as promised (even though this is only my second day in Korea) because I still haven’t gotten my hands on an international adapter and only just borrowed Siying’s so I can finally use my laptop; and also because we got home late last night and left super early this morning. But I will split today’s post from yesterday’s, just so this entry doesn’t get too lengthy!
So Thursday night was my flight! I was miserable all the way from Sydney to HK and cried for a long long time. After I got to HK airport, I napped for a little since I slept so badly on the plane and had about 3-4 hours until my flight to Incheon. That flight was a little less uncomfortable (probably because it was just 1/3 of the time), fortunately. When I got to Korea, Sara, Laurie-anne and Andrea were all at the airport waiting for me. It was so exciting – they had signs for me and I felt like a celebrity!!! Hehe.
We then caught a bus to the guesthouse we’re staying at (Backpackers Inside), where I will be rooming with Siying for the next couple of days. This hostel isn’t any better or worse than I imagined. It’s okay, I guess, but the bathroom/toilet (my biggest concern) is way too small. The shower is literally 50cm from the cubicle and I’ve hit the lamp on the ceiling several times while getting changed. It’s pretty dangerous, especially after a shower when the light has been on for a while and is all heated up. Also, we’re not allowed to flush (used) toilet paper. It has to go into a bin. How unhygienic does that sound, really?
Anyway, so I dropped off my luggage in my room and changed into a tshirt (I almost died on my trip from the airport to the guesthouse from the heat!), and the 4 of us went to Hello Kitty Cafe. I forgot to take my camera out but I’m sure I’ll be making a trip to the cafe again so I’ll take photos next time (: ! It’s very cute inside and there’s a Hello Kitty face on all the drinks & food they serve!
After that, we walked around for a bit at Hyehwa (혜화) which is the closest train station, and then headed to Gangnam (강남) for a bit of shopping and dinner. I bought nothing though, just had a look around. The metro system here looks complicated
and is but fortunately I could rely on the others, so I just followed them everywhere. I’m sure with a bit of time, I’ll be able to get used to it. It’s like HK’s MTR system but there’s a few more lines and a whole lot more stations and places to transfer.
Honestly, Seoul reminds me of a lot of Hong Kong, which may be good because it all seems familiar to me, but this is also what was so overwhelming to me and freaked me out so much. It looks and feels the same but the people are foreign and speak a language I still can’t understand. I never expected to be fluent, but it’s been 2.5 years of studying Korean and coming here and being so completely clueless made me feel really pathetic and it’s very upsetting ):. My listening is horrible, I cannot keep up with the pace Koreans talk at unless it’s a very simple sentence. Andrea and Siying have been studying Korean for a shorter period of time than me but they’ve been going everywhere speaking Korean. I still don’t have the confidence to communicate and actually haven’t spoken a word of Korean except for once today at Mucore (more on that later) – and only because that fan was Japanese and couldn’t speak English and I was definitely not even going to try talk in Japanese LOL. Hopefully in time I’ll get better!
Though I had a good time on my first day thanks to Sara, Laurie-anne and Andrea, I was still extremely homesick and had a good cry when I got back to the guesthouse. In fact, I couldn’t stop even when Siying came home which was rather embarrassing because we meet for the first time and I’m crying non stop -_-.
Anyway! Sorry for the lack of photos in this post. I’m feeling really tired and haven’t had time to upload anything, but I’ll write up another post tonight if you guys are interested in my Music Core experience (: Oh, and we plan to go to the Han River tonight (if the others wake up from their nap) so that should be fun!