Friday, March 4, 2016

Seoul 2015 - 16/16

We have successfully made it to the end of my Seoul 2015 series. Thank you for hanging on!
This last post is about our last few hours in what has become one of my favorite cities and our flight back to our respective countries.

Like I'd already said, we paid for our stay on the day we arrived so there really wasn't much for us to do except for packing our stuff (which most of us did the night before) and eating breakfast before leaving the hostel in the morning. Our flight would leave 10.20am. Since Philip had first been in Japan and then bought tickets from there to Korea, it was cheaper for him to go back to Japan and then fly home from there. He wouldn't leave before the afternoon though so as we were about to leave, Alex brought me upstairs to their room so I could tell Philip to travel safe.

To get to the airport we took the same bus as the one that had brought us to the neighborhood when we first arrived. We sat down in the very back and I think some of us were half asleep during the ride because I don't remember much of it. What I do remember, however, is that I realized that I had forgotten Emilie's dragon beard candy in the fridge in our room ༼ ◉ ╭╮ ◉༽* NooOoooOo. I hope at least Jinbo and the others found it before it went bad.

There weren't even that many people waiting to check in at the counter but still I was waved over by the guy at the counter for people flying on business class so I was checked in in no time. Alex had overweight and tried moving around some of his stuff but ended up having to pay an extra fee.
Looking out. It wasn't nearly as crowded as I had thought. Not that I expected it to be filled to the brim but..
Ooookay that explained it! There weren't many people before because they were all standing in line for the security check. We went in as a group and hadn't been standing there for more than a couple of minutes before one of the airport personnel came up to us and told us that the girls could go into another queue for faster service. Camilla and I followed him into the other line just to check it out and surely we were through a lot quicker than the others. There were both male and female workers doing security checks in that line so it remained a mystery to as us for why they'd make a line just for women (I don't think there was one just for men).
On our flight back home we had problems with the seating once again since John and I both had ordered on our own. At first I had a seat by the window with a young Korean girl as my seating buddy. John was sitting three rows behind me beside a Korean business man.
Alex, Cindy, and Camilla were sitting even further back.
Since this was our longest flight, we'd like to sit beside each other again and both asked the ones sitting beside us if they'd like to change seats. The girl beside me didn't understand English (or at least was too insecure to try to answer me) so John asked the business man. John told him a white lie about us being a couple and the man agreed to move with the words: "I prefer a spot near the isle but if she's your girlfriend I have to move." I felt a bit sorry that he had to move if he really wanted a spot beside the isle but John and I ended up being sleeping buddies again - and yes, this time we actually succeeded napping!
After not so long we were served breakfast. I had chicken and potato wedges, some crackers, salad, and a bun (stay away from bread wrapped in plastic. It's not the best).
Except for napping I spent my time watching the little screen with information about temperature, height, distance left, etc. and watching movies. Philip had said that I should try to watch one with Luhan from EXO but I couldn't find that one and I ended up watching Parasyte: Part 1.
Luuuunch! I chose pasta with vegetables. On the side was a custard bread and that one was actually really good!
I love looking out the window when flying and this time I snapped a pretty decent picture! (The windows are often too dirty to get a clear shot like this).
Back in Helsinki airport we had a little time together before I flew back to Denmark and the rest to Sweden from where Cindy and Camilla then had to fly back to Norway through Denmark.
Our gates were not that close to each other but since I would be leaving 20-30 min. before the others, we sat down not so far from where I would fly out from and enjoyed some ice cream. Cindy asked if we were thirsty and ended up buying me a pineapple soda. When it was about my time to leave, the others accompanied me walking to the gate. Suddenly Alex asked if I liked chocolate and came back short after with a pack of chocolate (? ・  ・) I don't know why.. 
And here is a last shaky picture taken with Alex's selfie stick before I boarded the plane.

Going to Seoul has been a dream of mine since 7th/8th grade and it was crazy finally doing it. Seoul is an amazing city and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I have completely fallen in love with the city!
I had never imagined going with a group of people that I barely knew and hadn't met (except for Philip) but I'm so happy that I did. If you've read all of my posts in this series you'll realize that I had days or hours that I spent mostly with just one person at a time, which really allowed us to bond however cheesy that may sound.

They say that friends who travel together, stay together and I think and hope that our friendships will last for many years.

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