Monday, November 19, 2018

Korea7 | Day 15

Welcome back to the last post about my 7th trip to Korea!

Since this was the day I went back home, I don't really have many stories to share so I'll try to keep it more visual.

See you, Crossroad Backpackers! It's been a pleasure!
I was feeling a bit down knowing it'd be a while before I could come back so dongsaenga sent me a bunch of the pictures we took together in Everland to cheer me up. It worked.

This was my first time being in Terminal 2, which had just opened earlier this year. It was marvelous, let me tell you! I have never been in such a beautiful airport terminal.

I found one of the famed airport robots!! Aaaah!!
These two women were taking a selfie with it and I SWEAR I saw it blink, laugh, and even make heart eyes at people (♥‿♥).
Terminal 2 is lovely. So lovely that I even found a giant heart inside the terminal itself.
Look at that 
Here you see the Korean Traditional Culture Experience Center. I'll get back to this place~
 In front of the center was a piano and a big sort of globe that you could go inside.

This IT experience zone looked so cool but also too intimidating for me to enter alone.
While checking out the cool places inside the terminal, I found a place selling ice cream, bread, and shakes. The Tough Cookie Shake (터프쿠키 쉐이크) was too tempting to not try (I secretly hoped they'd named after Zico's song).
Here are some of the dessert breads they offered~

Now back to the Culture Center! Since my flight to Russia had been delayed by an hour, I decided to sit down here and enjoy some traditional music and performances.
There were two guys inside each 'lion' and the ones outside acted as if they were taming and leading it.
Suddenly the fronts guy jumped on top of the backleg-guys' shoulders!
After the performances, they invited the audience to step forward and have their pictures taken.
My airport fashion was 50% pyjamas.

The flight was not full so I had loads of space and ended up sharing a 4-seat row with a Korean man.
It had been an intense trip for sure and after watching The Princess and the Matchmaker (궁합, 2018), all I wanted was some rest.
I was, however, very excited because SHINee's Minho suddenly appeared on screen!
I laid down with what I had, a pillow and my folded up jacket, until the man signaled for me to get up so he could make me a tiny pillow mountain using the additional, unused pillows around us. He also woke me up when the cabin personnel brought us food. Best seatmate ever.

When I'd had some rest, we started chit-chatting. He was a Korean business man in his early 60's, who had quiet his job some years prior and had now started his own company selling small eco-houses. He was currently on his way to Estonia where the houses were being produced.

When we landed in Russia, he gave me his business card and told me to contact him when I got back to Korea if I wanted to go to the city he and his family lived in. I'm always so amazed at how welcoming some Koreans are. This is not the first time I have experienced something like this - being invited to the home of some older Koreans, who have met me on a plane.

We parted ways in Sheremetyevo (SVO) after he had made sure I got to my gate and asked a, slightly confused, Russian to take our pictures - like true Koreans!

Here's tired me in my 50% pyjamas airport fashion ft. the very excited-looking Korean man.
My flight from Russia to Denmark was absolutely terrible. There was a baby on the flight that went from crying to hysterical and it. would. not. stop.
It started screaming from the moment we sat down and kept at it until we landed.
In that moment I hated, with a passion, crying children on airplanes.

A pleasant sight awaited me in Copenhagen - tonnes of tiny Christmas trees!
Jasmin came to pick me up in the airport and I stayed at her place. We got back to her apartment around 11 in the night and she made me risengrød (a sweet rice porridge topped with butter and cinnamon sugar, mostly eaten around Christmas time).
Jasmin was my savior after the long trip.

The next morning we went to a talk/lecture at our university by someone from the Korean Embassy and when it was done, it was finally time for me to take the train home.

It was a good trip and I look forward to coming back (^‿^)
Thanks for reading!

See you in my next post!

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