Monday morning was tough, I went to bed without earplugs so I could hear my alarm so sleep wasn’t so easy this time. Still, I was excited to get moving on the KTX to Busan.
Okay! Seoul part 2! On Sunday I got up pretty late again. I was determined to see the imperial palace, Gyeongbokgung. Stepping out the subway station you’re met immediately by the walls of the palace grounds. This place is huge. You can see the entrance gates nearby and some of the larger buildings in the distance. So I made my way in for a wander about.
Well, this is it. I’m sat in a pub in Heathrow, guzzling down a bottle of Staropramen. It was a late-ish night last night and a very early morning today, and I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the whole situation. In about 12 hours I’ll be in Seoul. Am I excited? Aye. Nervous? Just a wee bit. Mostly I just feel like I’m getting on with it. When the heck did I grow up?!
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!
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?
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’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.