I landed in Seoul on Friday evening without a plan. I had no hotel, hostel or couch to surf on. Luckily the airport had wifi so I was able to find a cheap hostel (15$) in Itawan area. This was walking distance from the Thai embassy which was the main reason for me to go to Korea. That and a cheap flight. A flight through Korea with a few day layover was cheaper then a direct flight to Bangkok. The hostel was clean and was being rebuilt by a handful of very cool Serbians. Over the weekend I found out just how easy it is to kill time in Seoul. Going out in the evening quickly turns into going to bed at 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 in the morning. On Saturday night, I had the interesting situation of sharing my 6 bed dorm room with 5 female English teachers from around the world. They wanted to go out drinking and I'm a fan of beer... and smart ladies. So I joined them. It was another late night.
On Monday I went to the Thai Embassy to get a visa. I had heard I won't be able to import the moto into Thailand on the visa you receive at the airport. I didn't want to take any chances. I was hoping I could get the Visa back the next day because that was my flight. They said it would be 2 days so I had to change my flight to Thursday just to be sure. I explored the city with a new friend from Chile named Lalo. He was early 30s and had lived in Korea 7 or 8 years ago. He was big into photography and film so it was fun doing some of the tourist stuff with him.
|View from the roof of the hostel.|
|Gas masks in the subway.|
|These 2 were in an English class. They had an assignment to have a conversation in English with random strangers. It was fun to talk with them.|
|Lalo and his Fisheye|
|Golden dragons on the ceiling|
|They were shooting a movie or commercial or something.|
|Someone important I think.|
|Old block carving for printing press.|
|I was born in Year of the pig.|
|Yes. these are exactly what they look like.|
|Old and new|