How I Ended Up In Seoul

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that spontaneity will be the death of me.

After leaving Nepal, my travel plans took me onto to Indonesia via an eight hour stopover in Malaysia. While I’d been in Myanmar a few weeks previously, I’d had a call from a very close friend of mine called Mark who was going through a bit of a rough patch.

I love writing letters and while in Bali, I found this adorable little card which says “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade…and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka then have a party!”. Mark was having lemons thrown at him left, right and centre.

He called me and said as such…then promptly asked if he could meet me in Bali. I’d reach the point in my travels where I was so content going with the flow that I didn’t really care what happened so I said why not!

Two weeks later, we were reunited in Bali! I’ll be honest it was so lovely to see a familiar face.

Anyway, after two days of beautiful beaches in Bali, I was going mad with boredom. I was not made for beaches, I was made for 10 hour hikes up mountains, playing with tiger cubs, motorbiking through temple complexes…but not beaches. 48 hours later I was meant to be flying onto the Philippines and while Mark had provisionally said he wanted to go too and had booked his ticket, he wasn’t too keen.

So there we were on Wednesday night sat joking about where we’d rather go instead of Manila when Mark said “what if we go to Seoul?”.

I stopped, dead in my tracks, and looked at him. “Mark, such things cannot be said to me in jest” I said with all seriousness.

“Seriously, what if we go to Seoul?”.

He told me not to worry about the cost of the Bali-Seoul flight and to accept the cost of the Bali-Manila flight as sunk costs…that was 7:45PM. By 8:00PM we had two flights booked departing Bali for Seoul at midnight that night.

We had just enough time (just!) for a final run around on the beach before heading back to the hotel room, packing, checking out and hopping in a taxi to the airport.

Sorry Manila, I’ll be back next time!

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