Yesterday, 26 Jun 2016, I had sent my parents back home at Incheon International Airport. I had come to Korea feeling brave and even thought of coming to Korea all by myself for my own free-and-easy tour. But I was wrong. I was actually afraid of being alone. My dad insisted on seeing that I have safely boarded the airport bus to Suwon before he and mum went into the departure gate. We took our last selfies while queuing up for the bus and after I had fearfully boarded the bus all by myself, my dad went to wave goodbye to me while mouthing the words, ‘If there’s anything, remember to call home.’ Then, he went to bring my mum to wave to me too. We smiled to each other and finally, the bus moved and they too, left for the departure hall.
On the bus, I was feeling rather emotional. I had flashbacks of how I could be better to my parents and how the itinerary I had planned was not perfect like I had hoped to. All these thoughts made me teary and I shed a few drops of tears after resisting them.
The journey was not extremely long but also not a short one. It was about one and a half hour but it most certainly felt longer as it was my first time taking a long distance bus and first time being in a foreign land all alone. It was my eleventh day in Korea but it felt so strange to be here when my parents were not here. Their absence was greatly felt. I felt ashamed of how I had even wanted to come alone from day 1, how much more miserable I would have felt.
The bus journey had three stops in total and I was supposed to alight at the last stop, Hotel Castle. I had done enough research to know that but I was rather panicky with all that emotions and hence, kept fidgeting around. The people on board, mostly Koreans were asleep, perhaps it wasn’t their first experience on this bus. I had felt sleepy but did not sleep at all.
The lady beside me was a kind woman. She had noticed my uneasiness and reassured my of my stop. Apparently, she had also alighted at the same stop as me. She was unlike me, very calm and prepared to sleep with eye mask and was seated comfortably.
I had alighted at the right stop but the trouble truly begin then. I was on my way to Ajou University from Hotel Castle. I did not sign up for the pick-up service, having been overconfident with the 11 day itinerary planning I did by myself. The trouble started with me wanting to save that few won of taxi money. I had researched online that it takes about 20 min to walk from the bus stop to Ajou main entrance. I was confident that I could do it. However, with a laptop, a carry-on shoulder bag, a huge drag-on luggage and a carry-on backpack, it was most certainly not an easy task. I had to walk to the entrance then walk all the way in to the New Dormitory where I am staying. Korea, with no exception of Suwon, was filled with slopes, hills and stairs. It was a bad idea to drag all the way up and it took me more than an hour to do so.
– Sorry but I will complete this post soon. More to come about my Korea trip.