|"Culture touch the Sky"|
Since the trip was so last minute and I very much wanted to stay on-base for the inexpensive and American-style hotel rooms, Matt and I had to continuously switch between lodging on two different bases within Seoul, based on availability. After the airport we grabbed dinner, took a train to the closer army base, and took an hour ride by bus to the air force base with rooms available. We did not get in until almost midnight and I had literally been on trains, planes, and automobiles all day.
On my first full day, Monday, we stayed close to base and enjoyed the shopping and eating. I was very concerned about the restaurants since I do not like traditional Korean food (kimchi- bleh!), but I was happy to discover that close to American bases many establishments cater to foreign tastes.
|Coffee and Pizza - bait for Americans. Worked on us!|
|Astroturf floor + Beanbag chairs + Chandeliers + Pad Thai = The Glamping|
|Brunch at a French restaurant. Until Matt ordered squid ink ciabatta bread, which is so not French.|
|Enjoying calamari salad and the perfect outside temperature. Not in Okinawa anymore!|
I did venture out of the hotel around midnight to find food, and I found a 24 hour coffee shop that took Visa. Food!!! I decided to order a wake-up call from the front desk since I could not use the alarm on my phone. There must have been some miscommunication with the language barrier, because instead of a wake up call thirty minutes before the bus arrived I got a call from dead asleep when the bus was loading people and luggage!?! I freaked out and threw everything haphazardly into my bag. I still can't find my watch...I did stop to brush my teeth and change out of my pajamas, but I was mortified that I had to be the last one on the bus (they did have to hold it just for me) with no makeup or contacts or breakfast. Well, all's well that ends well. I made it to the airport with enough time to buy a pastry and orange juice before boarding the plane - Can you tell my well being is directly tied to food consumption?- and this time the plane landed safely in Okinawa.
I had several other wonderful and zany experiences traveling with little foresight to a foreign country that I will share in future posts!