1) Get off at Seoul Station and take a cab to Insa-dong (get wet walking from station to cab)
As usual, I was standing at the door watching Seoul's skyline whizz past me while I was listening to my MP3. Without thinking, I just glanced over my shoulder and looked straight into the face of the guy I'd met earlier (the one who got off at Seoul Station).
I felt obliged to ask him the same thing.
"Did you?" I was hoping he wouldn't want to strike up a conversation - for various reasons. He had these beady eyes and something in my gut told me this isn't someone I'd strike up any kind of relationship with.
"Where are you from, again?" he asked.
"And you?" I asked.
"Same thing, right?"
A few seconds silence. Ok, maybe he got the hint that I don't really wanna talk. By this time he'd attracted a few stares from Koreans near us. Also, there was another foreigner on the same train - he looked very sunburned - the kind of red that is painful!
The guy trying to talk to me blurted out, "Woah - "someone's" really burned" - rolling his eyes over to the other man. Couldn't he at least lower his voice? Couldn't I move? How many stops till I get off?
He went on to tell me that he was meeting a friend later that evening. A Filipino woman - a factory worker he'd met online. He went on to talk about some things unique to Korea. And I don't know HOW, but there was a mention of "Love Motels" - basically the name is self-explanatory.Couples (married/unmarried) go to these motels for well...you-know-what.
All the while I was just nodding, and avoiding eye contact, occasionally glancing at the map above the door - why did my stop seem so far away?!
So he made a mention of "Love Motel" (I can't remember in what context), but I just said "Yeah, I know". The man turned his head to the side, looked at me from the corner of his eyes, flashed this cheesy grin at me, and touched my leg with his tennis raquet and said, "Eyyyy - How do YOU know about Love Motels?"
Ok I was one stop away from where I was getting off.
Finally, we arrived and I said, "Ok - have a good evening ... good bye!"