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Last Stop: Incheon, South Korea

My flight to Incheon, South Korea was with Asiana Airlines. It was a ten hour and ten minute flight. I watched one movie, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” It was entertaining. According to the movie, hell is in Hollywood where all the lost souls and wishes go. I love the flight attendants’ uniforms. Very sexy! Is there a rabbi on this flight? I fell in love four times and maybe more. An older Korean couple sat beside me. He didn’t speak much English but we were able to communicate a few things. Of course, like you hear from everyone, the first thing he wanted to know was if I was married or single. Then upon knowing I was single he said “Oh, Korean girls will like you.”

I like how hot towels were handed out throughout the flight. They really make sure you eat. There were two meals plus a snack, a turkey sandwich served on a hamburger roll. The flight attendant asked if I wanted American Western steak or Korean style. I went with the Korean style. I think it’s called bibimbop. It was good. I’m not a fan of kimchi. It was a part of the meal, but I ate it and it wasn’t bad. Some beef was good. Seaweed wrapped in egg wasn’t bad either. Incidentally, the Korean man beside me ordered the steak.

Life begins at 40. I say this because as soon as I step off the plane I will be 40 by Korean standards. They believe that babies are one-years old at birth, from the time of conception.

Albums/Artists listened to on plane:

  • U2’s ‘Achtung Baby
  • Matisyahu
  • Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • MGMT
  • Live

Well, I have arrived at the Incheon International Airport near Seoul in South Korea.

Where did Friday go? Time flies.

Well, you’ll hear more about my arrival in South Korea and my apartment and my school in the next blog. This blog is mainly about getting out of Dodge as in Dodger-town.

Next Stop: Seattle Layover (few hours)

I watched my parents leave the Las Vegas McCarren Airport and realized that I’m completely alone. At least the last time I traveled internationally I was with a large group. This time it is just me. Checking in was fun. Not! My suitcase was overweight. So, I proceeded to shove books from my suitcase into my large duffel bag. It was still overweight, but not as much. Then ten minutes pass as the check-in person was trying to find out what to charge me. The woman check-in person was getting the runaround until finally getting an answer. It ended up being $100 overweight. I think it was simply up to the clerk what to charge. Whatever. I have a plane to catch. The great thing the clerk did though was to have my bags transferred to the Asiana flight without me having to get my bags in Seattle and go through checking in again and going through security.

Upon arriving in Seattle I exchanged some currency so I’d have more won when entering South Korea. I was hungry when arriving in Seattle so naturally I had lunch. Perhaps it was a good time for one last good American burger. I ordered a burger and fries from the Runway Grill.


Ross Waves Goodbye to USA
In December 2009, I took an ESL course (teaching English as a second language) and had been pursuing a job since then. A few job offers came and went as teachers renewed their contracts last-minute. Finally, when it was looking like another job offer was going south, I find myself in South Korea. On May 3, 2010, I was on my home phone with my mother suggesting that I might get hired in Koreatown in Los Angeles before landing a teaching job in South Korea. My cell phone rang while on the phone with Mom. “Gotta go, Ma.”

I moved out of my Valley Village apartment in the San Fernando Valley of California on May 25th. I enjoyed one last drive to Las Vegas to stay with my parents for one day before flying out of McCarren Intl. Airport on Thursday, May 27th, 2010.

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