Not much to do in Seoul....again.

Trip Start Jul 11, 2005
Trip End Apr 04, 2006

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Wednesday, February 1, 2006

********************************** Update - September 2007 *************************************

As if 4 times wasn't enough, check out my latest, and 5th, visit to Korea (September 2007 - February 2008), all part of 'The Honeymoon'.

********************************** Update - September 2007 *************************************

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure

- Aldous Huxley

Seoul, South Korea.
Prague time +8hrs
Days to get to Prague - 35

Waiting in Seoul, again
Back in Seoul once again. I had resisted coming into Seoul for the weekends we had free during the 4 weeks of Camp Korea. This was because I knew I'd have ample time in the city when camp finished as I had to apply for my Russian and Chinese visas before leaving Korea. Spending extended time in Seoul didn't sit with me very well. Not because I dislike Seoul (I don't). It's just that I have a limited time to get to Europe and spending/wasting days in a city I've been in many times before isn't ideal. This situation closely resembles the situation after summer camp when I also hung around the city waiting for a flight to Hong Kong and for my then travel buddy, Cal, to sort stuff out.

An overview of what's to come. We hope
I mentioned in the last entry, before leaving Camp Korea, that I may not have much news from here in Seoul. And that's the case. Myself and Henk, an Australian friend who will be accompanying me to Europe over the next 4-5 weeks, applied for our Russian visas when we arrived here last Friday (today is Wednesday) and we spent the previous weekend hanging around Seoul with whatever Camp Korea ELT's (English Language Teachers) are still here. Thankfully the visa application went smoothly although I wasn't prepared for the 90,000 Korean Won fee (about €80). That's an amazing amount to pay for a single entry tourist visa and with all the visas I've bought over the years I've never paid that much. Another thing that's unfortunate is that because we're right in the middle of the Chinese New Year celebrations everything is closed, including embassies, until the middle of this week. What that means for us is we cannot get our passports back from the Russian embassy until tomorrow morning (Thursday). But I've heard, and we're hoping it's true, that we can get our Chinese visa on the boat to China. If that's the case we might be able to leave Korea for China tomorrow. If not then we'll have to apply for the visa at the Chinese embassy here tomorrow meaning we'll be here until Friday or Saturday afternoon at the earliest. Either way I'll have about 35-36 days to get from here to Prague in the Czech Republic where I have a flight to Dublin on March 8th. One thing's for sure; it'll be a rush across the 8 time zones and 9 countries that separate Korea from Ireland (namely China, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, the Baltic's (Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania), Poland & the Czech Republic). But rest assured; whatever happens, and whenever we manage to step onto Chinese soil, I'll be detailing it all here. Albeit a bit rushed, the trip over the coming weeks should be fun. Here's hoping myself and the Henkster can stay warm as we hit Mongolia and cross Siberia, where they are having their coldest winter in over 60 years. Great timing. Here's hoping that you can stick with us.
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