Tuesday 11/10/15 (Korea time) – Monday 11/09/15 US time
14 hour non-stop flight and 6 hours at the airport later… I made it to Incheon, South Korea airport Tuesday night (5pm Korean time). Korea is 14 hours ahead.
I am visiting my family in South Korea for few weeks. Traveling 14 hours on a flight was only bearable because I am with my sister and mom! Super excited to do some sightseeing and eat great food.
We flew Korean Air – overall good experience. Bottom line: you eat well; they provide lots of drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic), 2 meals, and plenty of snacks. In addition to the plethora food and drinks, they provided warm towelletes, earplugs, headphone, sleeping mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, slippers, blanket, and a pillow. However, the flight would’ve been more enjoyable if we didn’t sit in front of unpleasant travelers. PSA if you are traveling with strangers in a very small confined place, please be considerate of others.
We grabbed a quick dinner at a rest area then headed home. Rest areas in Korea are much different from the ones in the U.S. In addition to bathrooms and space to stretch our legs, there are rows of restaurants, gift shops, and gas stations to re charge ourselves and for the cars.
My aunt, uncle, and grandmother live outside of Seoul. We drove few hours to the house my uncle built himself. It is made out of mud (majority of it). Sounds unique? Unsafe? Apparently, many of the houses in Korea are purposely made out of mud. Or I should say, some of the bedrooms are made out of mud on purpose. The mud allows for the walls to breathe and circulate air well. It’s good for the environment but also provide many health benefits. The house itself and the floors are heated by wood fire. Underneath the house, there’s a designated space for logs to heat the floors above.