Nonetheles, I had a pretty good experience. When I boarded the plane in Beijing the flight attendants passed out landing documents. Two of the documents were trilingual (Korean, English and Chinese), but one of the documents was only in Korean. I couldn't even figure out what the document was. Without thinking, I asked the flight attendant what this document was in Chinese. She replied in English. I didn't realize it until the end of the conversation, but my whole side of the conversation was in Chinese and the flight attendant's was in English (being blonde people always assume, correctly of course, that I speak English). She told me it was a customs document and she would get me an English copy. A few minutes later she returned and told me they were out of English copies so
|There was a man accompanying who took|
pictures for people with their phones.
I landed in Seoul Gimpo and since the connecting flight was out of Seoul Incheon I had to go through quarantine inspection, passport control and customs. Quarantine was first. All of the documents I had filled out on the plane had asked for my address in Korea. Since I was leaving that evening, I didn't have one. I think I had written on the form, none and the woman at quarantine questioned me about this. I explained that I was transiting and at first she looked confused (I should have gone another way for transit passengers) until I explained my connecting flight was out of Incheon. After I explained, it
was no problem. She wrote something on my form in Korean and told me to continue. I always seem to pick the wrong line and with passport control that was no exception. I was one of the VERY last people to make it through passport control, but I wasn't in a hurry so it didn't matter. Customs was just a matter of turning in my form.
Now that I was officially admitted into Korea I exchanged a little bit of money, found the Airport Express train and took the train to the Seoul Incheon Airport without any trouble. When I got to Incheon I discovered that I couldn't take a transit tour and was saddened, but I did watch some Netflix in the airport (a big deal because China is one of the few countries without Netflix) and found a really good burger for lunch.
|Beautiful classical music|
|The paper was put down on this stamp like thing.|
Then it was sprayed thoroughly with water.
After that, the excess water was blotted off.
Then I was off to Thailand. My adventures in Thailand are coming in the next blog installment!
|After the excess water was removed a hairbrush|
was used to tap the paper down onto the stamp.
|Next the thing in my hand had ink applied to|
it from the one to my right. The excess ink was blotted
off on scrap paper and then I tapped it on the paper.
When the ink ran out one of the two women would
repeat this process.
|The two women. There were also two stamp choices.|
I'm making the one of the left and the one on
the right is the Korean alphabet.