So we left Stratford at 2pm on Tuesday January 27 and hung out at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto until our flight at 7:50pm. We were on a small Air Eagle plane – and there was turbulence. Not fun – but luckily the flight was only 1 hour. We got to JFK just before 9, and had to go from terminal 8 to 1 which consisted of lots of walking to find the shuttle. When we got to terminal 1, all of the restaurants, bars and stores were CLOSED! And we had just had a snack in Toronto, so waiting until our flight to Seoul at 12:50am was tough – especially for Matt. To further our problem we were told that our luggage might not make it – but it did! Phew.
The Korean Air plane was HUGE! Just under 400 passengers. Unfortunately we did not get upgraded to first class… Barb & Andy – you were very lucky! The stewardesses are amazing! They gave us headphones, toothbrushes, socks, blankets, facial wipes, hot wash cloths – and BABY FOOD! Turns out somehow the airlines thought Alex was travelling with us both ways (even though we only have a ticket for him coming home) so they gave us the formula and baby food they had on the flight for him – they were wonderful.
The airline food… Well the stewardesses were pretty shocked that we wanted the traditional Korean offerings. The main meal was Bibimbab, seaweed soup, and pickles. We even received instructions on how to eat the bibimbab.
For breakfast, Matt and Pat chose the American dish – I again went Korean – Green Tea Porridge… won’t do that again. That wasn’t for me.
The flight was very long. We flew over northern Canada, Russia, China, and around North Korea (guess we couldn’t use their air space). I didn’t sleep very much. It was really cool being able to see the stars…
The Incheon airport was really easy to navigate and we hung out for a while waiting for the KAL bus. Pat and I drank hot tea and coffee from cans and bottles – very cool!
Just before 8am, we found the SWS very easily thanks to Belinda & Steve’s directions (Thanks!). Our room is nice – nothing too fancy. We tried to sleep a bit, but couldn’t… so around noon we ventured out looking for lunch. We discovered how much we depend on the English language! Very few signs in English. We ended up just getting pizza (I know – we chickened out!), but it was very good. I went back to the SWS to rest while Matt and Pat went touring. They met a very nice man who insisted that they went up to his apartment to visit. Turns out he has a son in Toronto. He was very kind.
We hung out until about 6 and then the door man took us to Neul Bo Ree, a Korean Restaurant around the corner. We had to sit on the ground which was a new experience. We ordered Bulgogi – tasty – and there was lots of food! We did not eat it all.
Gosh – that is a bad picture of me.
There is another family on our floor who got their baby boy today! I hope we get to see him.
So now we are going to try to sleep. Tomorrow at 1:30 we go to meet Alex!