First Night in Seoul

I crashed last night before I could write anything down, but yesterday was amazing.

After getting off a twelve-hour flight, our group walked into the incredibly beautiful Incheon airport. The bathrooms were immaculate, and the toilets were the high-tech looking ones you hear exist in Japan.

Just hearing the buzz of Korean conversations around me and reading all the signs written in Korean (and several other languages) felt so surreal, and I found myself smiling for no particular reason.

On the bus ride from the airport to our hotel, I continued to obnoxiously read all the signs out loud and laugh whenever I saw a celebrity promotion, which are far more prevalent than I ever dreamed. Enjoy this picture of Gong Yoo carrying groceries on the back of a truck.

Another thing that struck me was the ubiquitous karaoke places (노래방). They were everywhere. It seems I’ve greatly underestimated the popularity of karaoke.

Once we got to the hostel, we had Korean pizza with of one our teachers and a member of the staff who took videos and pictures. For all the Hawaiian Pizza haters out there, get ready for sweet potato pizza! I loved the sweetness and texture, but it didn’t really seem to meet the taste of my peers 😁. Like usual, taking a picture completely slipped my mind. But, I did take a picture of a sweet fan with my name and Better World (our implementing organization) written on it.

The nine other girls in our room and I got ready for bed while a Korean variety show played in the background. Korean showers are really only separated from everything else by a sliding door. No one seemed to have trouble falling asleep, but we all woke up at strange times. I was very convinced that it was 7:00 a.m. when I started moving around at 2:00 a.m. One of us got up to take a shower in the middle of the night. Jet lag symptoms?

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading, and check back for more updates!

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