After an easy and pleasant flight, we landed at Busan of South Korea. Our first impression was really depressing to be honest… The weather was bad, everything was grey, the buildings didn’t seem natural for some weird reason and we rushed to our host house, which was also a bit weird…
There was no time for sightseeing, cause a lot of work needed to be done. We had to make our ESTA Electronic Authorisation, for our flight to New York. As we were submitting Lia’s form, we came upon a question saying “Have you been to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan the last 5 years?”. Of course i had been to Iran and i started searching about it. I found out, that if you answer “Yes” to this question, the system automaticaly rejects your visa… After some really stressful hours, we came to the conclusion that i should cancel my ticket to New York and buy a new ticket straight to Canada. On top of that, our host announced us that we must leave his house by tomorrow, because his girlfriend was coming unexpectedly and if she would see us in the house, she would be angry with him… This obviously made us even more stressed. The next day we finally managed to cancel the ticket and made a new one straight to Montreal. We were heading to the bus station, when we realised that we didn’t do and see anything in 3 days at Busan, cause with all this trouble we were only at the house… So we said goodbye to the unhospitable Busan
and took the bus for Daegu city.
We arrived at Chris’s house, who had already gave us the code for his apartment, to finally relax after a very troublesome 5 days in a row. Chris is an American english teacher, who is generaly very chilled, generous and open minded and made us feel like home from the very first moment! He was even sleeping on the floor for us to sleep on his bed, as he was hosting 2 more girls at the same time. We went outside and met his cool friends, drinking some beers at a park.
After we dinned at a restaurant to taste the classic Korean barbeque, which was awesome. Daegu’s nightlife was the next thing to come!
We played basketball together, cooked, played games, watched movies and generally we had so much awesome time in his house and out of it! It was a pleasure to hang out with Chriss. Thank you so much for everything man, enjoy your journey around Asia 😀
We also stayed 2 more days at Paulina’s house!
She is also an english teacher from USA and we had tons of fun all together, playing “Cards Against Humanity”, which is a hilariously awesome game… 😛 Thank you so much Paulina for your great hospitality!
After our 6 day stop in Daegu, we had to get to the bustling capital of Seoul. We woke up early and started hitchhiking. Until we found Hong, who took us all the way to Seoul. Thanks so much man 🙂
We dropped off right at the hi-tech centre of the city, the famous Gangnam! We all know this song right…?
After mixing ourselves with the crowd, we headed to our host’s house, at the cool and young based Hongdae area. Kwon is a student at Hongik university, which is one of Korea’s best educational centres. He helped us a lot, he took us for a tour of Seoul’s nightlife and except his hospitality, he offered us some delicious street food! You are great man 😀
It was then time to move for Incheon, our final destination in Asia. After that there was no turning back. We had our flight tickets for America and we thought that everything was under control, but fate had a different opinion on that matter…
We arrived with the train and Tylor picked us up from the station, to take us at his house that he was living with his beautiful wife Soomi. They were a very generous, open minded, smart, easy going and awesome couple!
We had our own room on the 26th floor, with amazing view!
Staying there for 3 days, enabled us to have some walks at the area around the house, close to the sea.
And made our final preparations for our departure from the Asian continent. The next day Lia would have to go at the airport, for her flight to New York and the day after i would go for mine, to Montreal. So we said goodbye at the metro station, thinking that we would meet in 3 days in Montreal.
We went back home with Tylor and after 2 hours i had a call from Lia. She was in a bad state, crying… The people at the airport didn’t let her take the flight, because she didn’t have a return ticket. She showed them all the documents of the application for the working visa, the authorisaton to travel in USA, her bus tickets and all, but they didn’t care. They just needed one printed piece of paper, with a return ticket… At the time she called me, we couldn’t do anything, cause it was only 20 minutes before the check-in closes. At this point i was petrified, angry and a bit of paranoid with all this twist of fate. I didn’t know what to do and how to react. It was one of those situations that are so strong and sudden, that words are so poor to describe the tragedy in its full extend.
“What had we done, to deserve all that crap in our way…?” i wondered. But there was no time to waste on moaning. Here we were back at the house with Lia, trying to find a solution in our situation. Tylor was right beside us, providing information and everything we needed, in a time like this. A single thank you is not enough to describe our gratitude for his great help. We owe you man for sure…
Lia didn’t have enough money to make a new ticket and she would be broke in Canada, if she was doing that. She told me that she would get back to Greece. Then i made my mind and told her, that i would also go back with her. She was more important to me, than the project. After all, Around the Good World is about people and i couldn’t just let her go back alone… But it was then, that Lia herself told me that this is not right and she doesn’t want me to go back because of her. She told me, that i had a dream to pursue and she would go back, make some money, to come and meet with me again. She had already made up her mind and i couldn’t change anything. She wanted me to continue by myself, until she would come and meet me once more, as she did in Vietnam. But still it was extremely hard to face the fact, that we would be apart so violently, as we already had made our plans and dreams for our American adventure. Life is so unfair some times, but you just have to go on, baring all that pain that you feel inside and burns your guts…
And so i did. Very early in the next rainy morning, we hugged and kissed for the last time… Just simple as that, I was alone on my way to the airport. I had no mood for anything, as my heart was broken. Still, I looked outside of the airplane’s window. That was the last image i saw, after a whole year in Asia.
After some moments we were up in the sky, heading to America.