Well it’s been a while since I felt the need to post anything here as it felt like there was not much happening that was worth talking about. The truth is, plenty has been happening. Break it down!
I’m in the middle of the Scottish countryside with my family at the moment, waiting for someone to come back so I can go and scale a munro or something. Ach, I don’t expect to get to the summit, but we’ll see how far I get! Just hope the rain stays off. I’ll tell you something though, what an incredible place this is. The house is fantastic, the scenery is nothing short of stunning, and I’m glad I got the chance to do this with my family before I head off on my big timey adventure timey. Got some more extended family coming tonight, so I expect there’ll be lots of booze, music, silly games and a lot of laughs. Very much looking forward to it!
Now that I’ve got my flights booked for Seoul, and Ye-Seul has kindly procured train tickets for trip to Busan, I’ve started looking in to what I want to do in the city, and where the best place to stay would be. I’ve also been speaking to Mr. Markles about his visit to Seoul, getting some good advice from him (e.g. don’t take the subway from the airport, take the bus to see the sights). He was also kind enough to provide me with header image fodder. Yeah, guess what my prime Seoul directive is now.
What a day. My passport arrived. I submitted my visa application during lunchtime and within an hour it was granted. I handed in my notice. I booked a flight to Seoul. It’s all happening now.
See that header picture? That’s outside right now. Miserable. Summer has well and truly ended, which makes my next piece of news all the more sweet. I just got a text message from the Passport Office letting me know that my passport is being printed and should arrive in the next few days. Finally! Progress is being made. But what was the hold up?
Well the lovely folks at the UK Passport Office have been in possession of my application form for over a month now and their website still claims it is being processed. I did phone up last week to find out if there’s anything I needed to do, and the gentleman on the other end was very helpful, assuring me that everything was in order and I should be getting my passport back soon. He was Northern Irish so he was, and he even said ‘so it is’, which almost made me chuckle so it did.Continue reading
While I’m in Passport Limbo™ (thanks, UK government), I thought I’d refamiliarise myself with this outstanding video. Kinda makes me want to live in Korea. Thanks Ye-seul, I know what you’re up to!
Also, look at that feckin’ train, holy crap! Supposedly the engine takes just over 6 minutes to reach 300km/h, takes 6.4km to stop, and has 18,200bhp. Kinda puts my little 90bhp Corsa into perspective.
I went for a dentist checkup yesterday. My mum is a dental nurse so it’s dead easy to get an appointment and that. It seemed that the entire building was aware of my scheme to go to Australia, everyone asking me when I’m going and all that. It kinda made me realise, I’m really sick of talking about it like I don’t know if I’m going or not.
I’ve spent a bit of time looking at the cost of travel, looking at the cheapest way to get the destinations I want to go (including direct to Melbourne) and it’s starting to look like I will need to make some compromises. My accumulated Avios points are helping me get further for less, and SkyScanner is amazing for finding the cheapest flights. Predictably, the cheapest options is to go straight to Melbourne, totally doable. For a mere £15 more I can stop off in Moscow and Seoul (with a train trip to Busan thrown in) as well. Sounds good so far, but then things start getting more expensive.
I used to live in Australia. A 9-month stint with my family spanning the years 1995-1996 (the time of PlayStation, Michael Jackson’s HIStory, and Disney’s Pocahontas). We lived in the most Northern of Perth’s suburbs, where I attended school and took up taekwon-do. A variety of reasons meant we had to come back to Scotland, where I’ve been ever since.Continue reading