If you weren’t aware, perhaps you are a new reader, or you just never looked at my blog during January, I just recently returned from a month-long trip where I visited Sarah in South Korea and together we traveled to Japan! I kept diary style updates about my time there and what I did each day in my weekly updates
, in case you missed them! (The one linked is week #1!) Our home base was Dong-gu, which is a section of Ulsan, South Korea!
Living in another country for a month taught me a lot of things:
1. You can never pack too many pairs of underwear
2. You can pack too much of basically everything else
3. Going to a country where you don’t know anything about the language is complicated
4. Try to check out directions ahead of time with google maps, you never know when you won’t have wifi
5. Places in Japan and Korea have free public wifi (Starbucks does too) but you have to register for a username/password prior to your visit!!
6. You’ll be thankful for the strangest things back home (water pressure and trash bags)
7. If you can figure out the subway/bus system, you will be golden
8. Travel with someone who wants to do the same things you do (traveling with someone who wants to party and drink every night, while you want to sight see and go to sleep early will end in misery for all parties)
9. Eating out all the time can be pricey, be prepared, budget yourself
Sarah’s apartment was on a nice little street and really close to a convenience store where we would get snacks, drinks, and ice cream from time to time! She was also close to a Paris Baguette, which was where I ate breakfast practically every day I was in Korea. No lie. They are fantastic, there are some out in CA, if you ever get the chance to check them out. The rice doughnuts are the bomb diggity, especially the ones filled with cream cheese. Yummy. I will certainly miss the fun food there!
The buses there are nice and cheap compared to Pittsburgh buses! A ride on the regular buses was only 1,200 won. (which is a rough comparison to about 1.10 USD) It’s a little more than a dollar cheaper than the buses here and they go quite a long way!
I have a lot more to share about my travels! There was so much to see and do! Man oh man!
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