Bye Korea!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Friday, 4 December 2015 was our last day in Korea, so instead of having breakfast in our apartment, we headed to Myeongdong (명동) for the last time by having Bonjuk again (본죽). Honestly, it was the perfect way to end our trip because Bonjuk was also place we had our first meal in Korea.

We ordered a bowl of congee each and a bowl of pumpkin porridge. I think we overestimated the size of our stomachs in the morning because I was stuffed by the end of eating our savoury dishes.

Our flight to Guangzhou was at 4:15pm, so we checked out of our apartment around 12:00pm and caught the airport limousine bus (공항리무진) to Incheon International Airport. I had originally planned to catch the subway, but just before we left, I read online that people recommended catching the bus instead if you have a lot of luggage. Between the 3 of us, we ended up having 4 suitcases, 2 big carriage bags and 3 country road bags—not to mention our own personal bags—so the bus was actually the better option for us. (Can you imagine how inconvenient it would be walking up and down stairs in the subway station with that many bags?) Honestly, I was SO glad we caught the bus because simply lugging our suitcases to the bus stop was really difficult. The bus trip costs about 10,000 won, but it was worth every cent because it was so much easier. Plus, the bus is a big coach, so it was a really comfortable ride there. It didn't take long either—about an hour. If you're in Myeongdong, the bus number to catch is 6015.

When we arrived at the airport, we checked-in, got our tax refund from all the shopping we did and went to grab a bite to eat. We ordered a serving of vegetable kimbap and a bulgogi kimbap (불고기김밥) set.

I've been planning for this Korea trip for MONTHS, and although there were some things that didn't go according to plan, it was a really fun and fulfilling trip to a country I've been wanting to visit for years. I still remember asking for our parent's permission like it was just yesterday. But the fact that it was my first trip to a foreign country (overseas) made it an experience I'll never forget. Honestly, I think my itinerary was planned out pretty well because everything was spaced out and we did most of the things we wanted to do. Even though my Korean is quite limited, we still managed to travel comfortably and went from place to place without any problems. (I even think that my Korean got better because I was "forced" to speak the language, which was great.)

Our 2 week trip in Korea was such a good experience. But what made it really worthwhile was that it confirmed my love for a lot of things like its culture and language. (And cats!) With good food, friendly people and a place where historical architecture and modern buildings can seamlessly coexist, I can't wait to go back to this beautiful country.

Bye Korea, 다음에봐요!

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