So, as per my last post, I met Naomi at Incheon airport and we stayed overnight in Seoul. I definately want to go back there sometime, especially as it's the home of one of my favourite cosmetic companies – Skin Food – but also to experience more of the country. The hotel we were in was fantastic – in a fairly new business area – with heated toilet seats that you could regulate the temperature and automatic flushes … a massive bed that was fantastic after 9 hours on a plane – hot showers and an amazing buffet dinner and breakfast. The best part of a 19 hour delay between flights is the ability to rest and recover – it makes it just seem like a long day, followed by a good night's sleep, followed by another long day. I'd recommend Korean Air (or Malaysian – who started my love affair with Malaysia!) for this – you can rest and recover and the jet lag at the other end is nowhere near as bad!!
I'd prearranged with the airline that we had seats together on the Incheon-Schiphol leg – it is so NICE to sit next to someone you know! – and to be honest, it was your standard second 12 hour leg to Europe flight. Didn't sleep, ate food, watched a lot of movies … the usual!
When we arrived at Schiphol, everything went smoothly through immigration. I handed over my shiny new residence permit and didn't even get blinked at. Then it was the long, long wait for luggage … and mine was the LAST bag off the plane!!!
We wearily dragged our bags through the customs barrier and outside waiting was Marius -and- the inlaws!
Pictures of a random group of people in Korean dress in the airport!