Farewell to Seoul
Thursday February 21, 2013
I woke up at around noon feeling actually pretty good. I mean my #2’s weren’t normal but you know aside from that I actually felt like I would be capable of enduring the 19 hour journey back home. We made a quick meal at the apartment and packed up. We couldn’t say goodbye to Farrah and Joel so we left them a note and our postcards that we wanted to send home.
We caught the 2:55PM 6011 bus to the airport and got us there before we knew it. We wanted to be a bit early for our flight because we knew that we would have to take care of the Tax Refund stuff (Chantelle was able to get a whopping $7USD from it).
One thing I’ll say about the Incheon Airport in Seoul – it is the only airport I’ve been in the world that has live performances inside the gate area and outside. There were guys singing Westlife outside and a quartet playing classical music inside. Crazy…crazy!
The flight to Vancouver went by pretty smoothly. We both got upgraded to first-class. What what! I really should’ve slept on this flight but I ended up watching movies the entire flight. I also shouldn’t have eaten so much but I did and I paid for it with a lot of grumbling and gas in my stomach.
- This Means War – Chantelle told me to watch it I swear. Haha okay actually this was a fun movie to watch for what it was. I enjoyed it.
- Taken 2 – I don’t know why everyone beat the shit out of this movie. I actually enjoyed this one. I mean the formula is kind of the same but I like how they tied this movie with the first one and had all the same actors in it. Liam Neeson can still kick some ass.
- End of Watch – Best movie I watched on this leg. I remember this one because it was one of the movies I wanted to select for TIFF but the tickets were sold out. Turned out to be quite the thrill ride watching this and a tear jerker towards the end. Must watch!
- The Imposter – Really interesting documentary about a guy from France who literally conned his way into making a family believe that he was their missing child of 4 years. Incredible.
Down to the Wire
When we landed in Vancouver we realized that there was a chance we could catch an earlier flight to Toronto since we had planned on taking the 1:30PM. We had to pick up our luggage (yes we checked in 3 pieces this time including one big ass one which was all of our purchases for the trip…well Chantelle’s mainly), exit, run over to the domestic side of the terminal, get them to re-issue an earlier boarding pass and luggage tags and then get back in. The loads however weren’t that great and we were pretty sure we weren’t going to make it but again down to the wire, there were some no-shows and we took the last 2 seats on the plane…SWEET again! However this time we didn’t get the luxury of first class and did I ever notice the difference. My knees were banging against the seat in front of me the whole time while I tried to sleep and my left knee was pretty sore.
All in all it was a fantastic trip minus the food poisoning part. The highlight for me for sure was the DMZ and despite being poisoned I have to say some of the food we had was quite good. I also made some purchases I was happy with. And all of this was done for under $500 USD to boot! The perks of dating a flight attendant 😉
I think Chantelle and I really want to thank Farrah and Joel for their hospitality and kindness throughout the whole trip. Farrah pretty much had to move out for a week to stay with Joel while we used her apartment which allowed us to save a ton of money. They also took out a lot of time from their busy schedules to hang out with us and show us around and for that we’ll be forever grateful. Thanks guys!
- Koreans are really adamant about putting on seat belts even on coach busses. It does make things safer I suppose but it’s the first country that I’ve been to that actually enforces it. Vincent at Koridoor and our two bus drivers on the 6011 to and from the airport all made sure we had it on.
Tips and Tricks
- Tax Refund – Make sure you account some time in your schedule to handle this and pack all your tax refund into one suitcase or bag
- Step 1) First check in at your airline but tell them that the one bag with the tax refund stuff needs to go to Tax Free for inspection even if it needs to be checked in.
- Step 2) Go to the back side of aisle J or D of the airport and find the Tax Free kiosk. It shouldn’t be hard to miss. Show the lady your envelopes and contents insides. They seem to be really lenient here though because she didn’t check for the actual physical items we bought.
- Step 3) Conveniently there’s a bag drop off belt right next to the Tax Refund kiosk so we just put it in there
- Step 4) Go through customs and security and inside the gate area you’ll need to look for Gate 28. Right by Gate 28 there’s another kiosk window for Tax Refund and that’s where you show them your paperwork again and issue the refund. They offer many forms of payments but Chantelle opted for USD Cash.
- Bus 6011 at 2:55PM
- Flight AC 064 at 5:55PM (ICN -> YVR) Standby
- Flight AC 102 at 12:30PM (YVR -> YYZ) Standby
- Landed at 7:45PM
- Drop Chantelle off at home
- Home by 9:30PM
Thanks for reading!
For a full summary of the 7 day trip to Seoul, Korea check it out here: Korea 2013 Recap: Seoul 7 Day Itinerary and Summary