While our President is busy planning his ‘peace’ trip to North Korea, I made peace with a trip to the better of the two Koreas. Just to fill you in – I travel for work, mostly. Every two weeks I embark on a 3-week adventure to a different country.
So, how did I fill my 3-week stint to South Korea?
Well, to tell the story right, I will have to take you guys into a bit of a flashback. It is about me, a cute guy, and a lot of coincidences.
A few years back (yes, it goes that far back), I was at a friend’s birthday party, where I met this amazing person. We stayed in touch on and off. Then one day, just like that, we decided to rekindle our friendship. By the way, this rekindling was happening while I was in Russia. You guys know about how awesome that trip was. This was another chain of events taking place in my life then.
We started talking regularly. But, long distance is never a great way to start a relationship. You have to meet the person, right? At least I felt that way. The stars must have aligned in our favor or something, but it was the last lap of my Russia trip when all this was happening. I came back soon after and we did not have to go through the ‘get to know each other phase’ in a long distance setting. I was relieved. So, now I’m home for two weeks and we’re able to date like normal human beings.
But fast forward two weeks, and I am off again. This time to South Korea, which brings us to my latest trip. For those who don’t know, South Korea is a 14-hour plane ride from New York. But, there’s more! It also ‘enjoys’ a 14-hour time difference from NYC. So, communication was going to be a big problem with expensive international calls and data packs.
Who wants that in the beginning of an interesting relationship?
But remember those stars? They were working their magic long before I planned this trip or maybe even before we met. What I did not realize was that the Winter Olympics were going to play a part in my little story. Cell phone companies, during the Games, were granting FREE calling.
Communication barrier? Conquered!
To my surprise there was a mutual want to speak to each other for hours at a time. Who would have thought that the distance would actually make the “getting to know each other” phase a little bit easier? Since we couldn’t see each other physically or actually do anything together, we were forced to speak and get to know each other for real.
This relationship and its novelty had made the trip to South Korea a lot more exciting!
So, while this vacation may not sound as eventful as Russia, with its side trips and crazy encounters, it is a special one for me. In between the Korean barbecue cooking classes and clubbing in Itaewon-dong, this new relationship has started to grow and I’m excited to see where it goes.
As for South Korea, there is a lot left to explore and the Olympics were a lot of fun too. I hope I will be back. I am happy I am on track with my world travel itinerary. One more down, 9 more destinations to go before this year is over. Fingers crossed!