When we got to the airport in Busan we were told to take a taxi to our hotel in Changwon. We thought that would be easy enough until we found that NO ONE spoke English. We luckily had a print out with the hotel name and city on it and found a driver that knew where we needed to go. We, naively, brought our carseat along thinking we were keeping out baby safe, when in reality, they didn’t care about carseats, or seat belts for that matter. We all just held on for dear life and prayed we would arrive safely.
When we finally arrived at the hotel and got settled for the night I shed many tears. I kept thinking “What have I done? Why am I here?” I have had this same experience with every international trip I have taken since. It is overwhelming to be in a new country (and this being out first time in a new country) where no one speaks your language. Because of the crazy time difference we were up every couple of hours with our baby watching shows and playing games because it wasn’t bedtime on her little internal clock.
Everyday my husband had to go to work so my daughter and I would take little walks around the block and through some nearby streets. Since no one spoke English, and I wasn’t very well traveled, I wasn’t brave enough to explore any further on my own.
I am not very good about trying new food, so we mostly ate food that was familiar to us. We went to Outback, had Domino’s pizza delivered, went to Benigan’s and McDonald’s.
The Traditional Korean House location included several buildings that would be typical in old Korea, as well as some games that they played (which are stilled played here as well).
This first trip, although a little scary, kicked off my love for international travel. It was such a great learning experience. Since then we have been on several international trips that I am excited to share with you in future editions of Travel Tuesday.
Have you been to South Korea?