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February 11, 2007 11:52 PM

Hunkering Down in S. Korea

IMG_2483BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA - So the slow boat from China turned out to be far more civilized than my booking agent had led me to believe. The bamboo matt was in fact a plush, curtained berth and the (185m) ship was full of places to wander and get stared at by school children and adults alike.

For nearly two days, I was at sea as a lone English speaker surrounded my more than a thousand ethnic Asians. I was certainly the most conspicuous person on board. Most passengers were anything but subtle about my status as 'freak of nature' aboard the ferry.

The entire trip went without conversation and while very lonesome, was actually quite pleasant. Aside from the occasional child who braved up enough courage to noisily peak into my berth for a look at 'the foreigner', I managed to arrive in Seoul rested and ready.

The 300km/hr KTX Train from Seoul to Busan on the other side of the country was the fastest overland travel so far on this trip.

Now that I've arrived, I think I might have to settle in for the long haul. There still seems to be no quick way to get myself onto that Trans-Siberian train. This news is especially dis-heartening.

I'm trying to make the best of it though and after recovering from the shock of finding myself signing loudly (and badly) in a private karaoke room at 5am with my brother and his friends on my first night here, I've started to look for some work to help me bide my time. 3 weeks. 5 weeks. Who knows how long It'll be before my paperwork is set for the next leg...


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