But everything went without a hitch. The plane was only a few minutes late leaving, and it was a smooth eleven hour flight.
The time zone thing is different though!
We are now 13 hours ahead of Eastern daylight time in North America. So while most of our American and Canadian readers are just getting up and having breakfast, we've already enjoyed our day and it's coming to a close!
Calgary to Seattle, and Seattle to Seoul.
The route on the above map is not totally accurate. We actually flew northwest over Vancouver Island, and did curve over Alaska and Russia before coming down into the west side of Seoul in order to avoid North Korean air space.
Our gluten free meal on the airplane was far from special. Delta could learn a thing or two about doing things gluten free. Nice touch to include the bun instead of the expected rice cake though.
I think they forgot to include a meat portion!
Anyway, Ruth had brought lots of snacks so we didn't starve.
Sorry no pics from the airplane window. The seating was two, four, and two across and we were stuck in the middle seating. Still, Ruth had an empty seat right beside her so we weren't stuffed in there.
Delta has a fantastic seatback entertainment system. Great selection of movies and shows to keep you entertained for the eleven hour trip. Good thing, because the seats weren't comfortable enough to get any sleep in. No worries, we're here now!
Our friend June met us at the airport with her boyfriend Park. June had couchsurfed with us at Ruth's father's house two years ago when she was doing a cross Canada trip. She said that she would love to show us Korea some day...so here we are! She said that she thought she was more excited about us coming over than we are! She's such a sweetheart. Always smiling.
Anyway, Park has a car and he had offered to drive instead of taking public transport although it looks like they have a decent train system from Incheon airport to Seoul. We didn't get to explore any of it, but Incheon airport is supposedly the top rated airport in the world!
We'll have ample opportunity to get decent photos without trying to get them from a car window. I tried to get a couple, but this was the best I could do from the freeway!
Downtown Seoul in the distance.
It was around dinner time, so they wanted to take us for typical and very popular "Korean BBQ". You essentially end up cooking your meat at your table. Neat idea! And of course I had my first Korean beer and we all shared a bottle of soju. Soju is a very popular Korean liquor that tastes a lot like vodka but it's only 20% alcohol. (Chris, I think you would LOVE soju!)
Korean pale lager beer, and a small bottle of Soju.
The meat is cooking right at the table. You can see the red hot coals underneath!
Park, June, and Kevin
Kevin and Ruth
Lots of food! Most of the small bowls are the different types of condiments. Large pieces of fermented radishes and "kimchee" which is very spicy fermented cabbage. No idea on prices yet because Park wouldn't let us pay for anything! We'll get him back next time we're out.
June, Kevin, and Ruth outside the restaurant.
We thought we were going to be couchsurfing at June's apartment. But her sister and friends are staying there from out of town, so June and her boyfriend rented a furnished bachelor apartment in downtown and it's ours to use during our stay. They'll alternate between his place and her place.
Only 9:00pm, but we're beat so it's time to hit the sack. Busy day tomorrow as we've been invited to a Korean wedding! Weather is beautiful. 23C (73F) during the day and maybe 12C (55F) at night. Sunny.