cherbear's world travels
This is the city/province that I am currently studying at. I'll be here for awhile most likely! I arrived in Korea on August 22, Tuesday, at Incheon Airport. I was with a friend Danielle Lee. Our flight left out from BUSH IAH August 20th. We stopped at Settle, Washington...then we flew about 12+ hrs across the Pacific. Our next stop was Taipei, Taiwan. That was an interesting exprience. I wasn't Taiwan that much...we had some spare time in the airport there. Danielle and I looked around, and most of the people there weren't really friendly. She went inside a store I went inside and the guy addressed her, but not me...then I continued getting gawked at so I told her that I would just stand outside of the store. She soon came out, and asked me if I wasn't comfrontable in there. I told her that I wasn't...she said that she wasn't either. We soon took a seat and waited for our flight to Seoul to depart. Our flight there was quite nice. We soon arrived in Seoul. We got off the flight and Immdiately felt like the foreigner. We stopped by the restroom. Then we had to go to Immigration first. Then we finally found the place where we get out bags. Then we totally got lost trying to find customs. Eventually we found it...and exchanged some money. We went through customs and found the KFC. Danielle was hungry...I was too but honestly I was way to scaried to go inside. She went inside and got food. People were looking of course...I noticed this one kid look at me...then turn back and glance back @ me again. That was really freaky-weird. Soon, one of the SCH students found us, her name was Claire. Forgot what her korean name was *lol* We had to wait for the next bus which was going to take over 45 minutes or so. I asked her could she take me to the music store. She finally found it on the map...and we found the store and headed up stairs. The music store was all fancy-pansty *lol* after looking around for about 10 minutes or so. I finally picked out Gummy unplugged cd and Se7en's 3rd album. I had to get Claire to help me out with the won. We soon headed back downstairs were Danielle was. Then these two folks came up to us asking us were we going to SCH. Yup, we ended up meeting Nick and Ashley from Hawaii. Soon, the bus arrived and Nick managed to squeeze all the lugguage under the bus. Then once we got on the bus, we sat down, but apparently there were assigned seats and this older korean man comes up to myself and Danielle telling us things in Korean... and pointing to the his ticket. We came saying sorry...then we got up and moved to the front of the bus. OMG the bus ride was scenic but yet horrific. I seriously thought that we were going to get into an accident. So much traffic much more than Houston. Such aggressiveness. But the scenary was soooo pretty. Love seeing all the trees and the buildings and nature! Took some pictures of course with my brand new camera. After riding the bus for over 3 1/2 hours we finally arrived in Asan. The driver took us Onyang...and then from there we had to find a way to Asan. Claire flagged down a taxi. Thank goondness for Nick, he managed to fit all our stuff in the truck. It was so cramped. After, another 20 minutes on the bus...we finally arrived in Asan. We got out all our stuff and then we headed up to our unfinished dorms... Took everyone awhile to settle inside. I am glad that I didn't unpack because those we're going to be permanaet room assignements. (Found this out later) Everyone soon grew hungry and Claire ordered us some chicken. OMG that was defintely one of the last things that I thought I would be eating in Korea. Then again (the black people of Asia) *lol* Sometime after 10:00 p.m. the rest of the expat students arrived. By that time the rest of us was tired and decided to go on to sleep. That was Day 1 of my arrival in South Korea.