When school ended on on Tuesday, December 29 2009, I rushed from work to the bank. Usually before an international trip, I head to Bucheon to KEB Bank where I sort out my FOREX. This time, I thought I'd just do it at the airport.
My flight was at 18:20, but I had to leave my apartment by 3pm at the very latest. I have to get a cab from my apartment to a bus stop. I wait for the "Airport Limousine" (bus) and within an hour, I'll arrive at Incheon Airport. There was a lot of ice on the roads and at the risk of slipping and hurting myself, my building manager helped me get a call taxi. Within minutes, it arrived at my apartment.
The Airport Limousine schedule runs on 20-minute intervals. When the cab driver dropped me off at the stop, the bus pulled up from behind and I literally got out of the cab straight into the bus. As I sat down, I thought, "This MUST be a good sign that that this will be a good trip." Sometimes I have to wait in the freezing cold for the bus.
"Excuse me, you have to go to Immigration Office over there (pointing) to get a multiple-entry visa," said the lady behind the counter.
WHAT is she talking about? I have a multiple-entry visa.
I told her to look again. She was on the wrong page. Fine. Sorted.
She asked her colleague in Korean if South Africans need a visa to enter Thailand. I told her in English that I didn't need a visa.
I requested an aisle seat, but she said the flight was tight, and I'd have to wait for her manager who was in charge of seating. She had a very confused look on her face. I told her that I'd be OK with sitting anywhere. I also asked her twice, "Is there a problem?". She finally issued me with my boarding pass. I sorted out my FOREX and was off to my boarding gate. I had my netbook with me and I got online (thanks to the incredibly easy to access free Wi-Fi at Incheon Airport). I sent a few last minute text messages to some friends before boarding my flight.
Adios snowy and minus-temps Korea :-)
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