Morning after arriving in Korea

It’s 5:30am and I can’t sleep. So yeah, my internal clock isn’t quite adjusted to local time quite just yet.

We got on the flight to Korea with no issues, lots of room and 2hrs later we landed. Tokyo looks stunning at nighttime from the sky. I could barely keep my eyes off the city as we flew higher and away.

We were on a United Airlines Boeing 777. Now, up until this point, we’ve been flying on Air Canada’s 777s (including our side trip to Vancouver). There is a fair bit of passenger experience. The seats aren’t as wide, so every time I adjusted to sit upright in the seat, my leg would hit the button that let the back of the seat go down. Truly annoying. That and trying to get the left part of the seat belt was quite the challenge when there was little room to get your hand down beside you. The video screen was significantly smaller (about 5 inches compared to 7 inches, may not sound like much but it’s really noticeable). Also it wasn’t touch screen as the controls are on the arm of the chair and were very simple. Speaking of which, at one point my screen went all white, I thought the LCD just up and died. After some annoyance I realize that my elbow had been resting on the brightness control and turned it all the way up. That was annoying.

We were given a snack and I was a little surprised at it. I figured maybe some crackers or peanuts but nope, it was a half sandwich. Two slices of white bread with a middle layer of brown bread, ham and cheese with a layer of egg too. Very strange but more than edible. Don’t ya hate it when you bite a sandwich and it sticks to the inside of your lower teeth that makes you look like a cow chewing cud when trying to get it unstuck?

Oh yeah, this 777 didn’t have 120AC in the back of the seat, nor a powered USB port either. So I was spoiled on earlier flights, sue me :P Luckily it was a short trip and my awesome Samsung Netbook will run for 6-8hrs without needing a charge ;) After finding that the video selection was rather severely limited and the screen just a weee small, I left it on the ‘map’ setting to keep tabs on our progress than spent the time organize/editing some details of songs in my iTunes library.

That reminds me, the one pleasant surprise was that the flight included a decent set of headphones to use. I had purchased the $3 ear buds from Air Canada. Not a bad price for them really and they sounded fine. I was truly grateful for listening and editing music as there was the dreaded ‘crying baby’ 10ft away from us. I was able to drown out 90% of the noise at least :)

Oh great, now Justin is snoring.

We landed around 9pm. A slight shame as the last bus to Bharati’s town left at 8:50pm. Ah well. Bharati had arranged a hotel for us. Well, it’s not quite a regular hotel. It’s called Guest House and it’s only 10mins from the airport. The room is the same size as a typical 2 bed hotel but it is a fairly simple setup. You had to make the bed yourself, there is no Internet but otherwise it’s not bad. And for about $50, can’t really complain at all. That also included a pickup and drop off at the airport as well.

After getting settled in the room, I was hungry and needed to let people know I was here safe and sound. There was an Internet cafe downstairs. That one annoying thing about Korea that Canada finally beat, smoking is still a common thing here.  So the cafe was rather ugly smelling but bearable enough for me to get online, send an email to mom and let Bharati know I was here just fine. It cost me a whopping KRW 1000(Korean Wan). That’s about $1 Canadian :)

Then I saw a restaurant and ordered some garlic chicken wings and a coke. I thought $16 was a little much but I was hungry and didn’t really care. When I got the food, $16 was a decent price for the amount of wings you got, the little bit of coleslaw, some dips and some sort of pickled ‘somethingother’. Shared the wings with Justin and then went to bed.

Yeah, Justin stopped snoring!

It’s about 6am, I think I may take a shower. I still got just over 5hrs of battery life left (58%) and I probably won’t be able to fall back asleep.

Damn….the snoring is back….

Author: DragonDon

Having a love of travel has lead me to move to South Korea in 2010. Moving to an Eastern culture from a Western culture is a wild experience and there is never a dull day!

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