Yesterday, after 15 hours of travelling, I stepped off the Finnair plane that had been my home for the most part of the day and suddenly, just like that, I was in Korea. I’ve come to visit my girlfriend, who is Korean, and so am spending the next three months here relying solely on her to make sure I don’t order anything I wouldn’t normally eat – I’m looking at you “still-moving” octopus legs.
I figured, to break from the monotony of recommending older films that I love, I would take this invaluable opportunity to tell you of any interesting things that I experience while I’m over here struggling to order a coffee without running for help.
Jet lag struck me fairly hard right after I arrived yesterday, I had left Finland (where I stopped over from London) at about 5pm and arrived in Korea at 8am local time which means that my body completely skipped the nighttime. This meant that my Friday/Saturday was one 40 hour long monstrosity and come midday I was gone. A short nap later, I had a bit of a second wind and we were finally able to leave the house and pick up some groceries and get some dinner.
KFC (Korean Fried Chicken in this case) was very welcome although my hubris betrayed me once I bit into the spicy chicken I had bought. It took me a very long time to work my through that, especially as it comes with chopsticks! Eating chicken on the bone with chopsticks is an art form that I feel will take a long time to master.
One of the things that a lot of people notice about the far east is the dust masks that a lot people wear while going about their daily business. I have been told that the air in Seoul can get very bad sometimes (either from pollution or dust from the Gobi desert blowing over) and so am expecting that I will probably have to wear a mask at some point. Luckily, and very surreally, the fried chicken came with a complimentary mask. I have no idea why but I’ll make good use of that.
And with that short paragraph, we come up to date. I’ll be back in about a week’s time with quite a bit more to talk about so in the meantime take care of yourselves.