Two things you need if you are moving to Korea.

There are two things that you need buying if you are moving to Korea.

1). If the studio that you are renting doesn’t have central air conditioning then a dehumidifier is necessary. If you don’t buying it, then the humidity level in the flat will go up to very high levels. Your clothes will not be drying and there is a risk of mold in your flat. I usually running the dehumidifier 3 hours after taking a shower. Then the flat is dry and there is no molding problem.

2). Because of the bad air quality (its actually getting worse each year), I bought it air cleaner, it should have a Hepa-filter. I have it on continuously, from October until April. When I’m at home, then I knows that the air quality is good. The important thing, for the lungs is that the average time of pollution is low. So even you are exposed at high levels for short time outside, then it’s okay because it’s good quality at yours home.

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How avoiding stomach problems in Indonesia.

Now I have been in Indonesia an couple of times and I figured out of what you can eating etc.

1: You should be drinking tabulated water. Do not drink the tap water, Indonesian are not drinking it either.

2: If the food is coming directly from the kitchen then it’s okay to eat. I have been eating at street food places and so far I have not had any problems.

3: Ice cream is fine.

4. In Indonesia there is a tradition to store food outside over the night or so. For trained stomachs it’s maybe fine, but for me that is living in Korea, I can’t make it. I have got food poisoning 2 times, so that should be avoided.

Now I’m avoiding that cold food and since then I’m fine of eating everything else.

Going from Daejon to Incheon airport

When I’m going abroad then I’m booking a bus ticket a bus ticket 5 hours before the flight.

The official bus time is 2 hours and 30 minuets. But once it took me 3 hours and 30 minutes. It was long queues at the check in and when I came to the gate then it was time for boarding.

When it’s “normal” then the complete transfer process at the airport takes 15-30 minuets but occasionally one hour.

So summary I recommend 5 hours.

Book the bus ticket at least 3 Days before, I recommend one week. Now I was buying it a week before and then the bus was filled up to 70%. It’s Chuseok so many Koreans are going abroad. Update: If you is taking a morning flight the first day then it will take some hours to pass the security. I was going at 5 pm and then there was no queues. The bus ticket can be booked online or at the bus station. I’m buying at the government complex bus stop. The cost is 23.100 won.

Just one example: I was speaking with a Canadian woman once and she had to wait 2 hours, just because all the busses were full. I have no clue if she made it or not but I would have been very nervous.

Kebab in Daejon

As a westerner, I’m trying to eat non-Asian food once per week. Yes, I can then eat hamburgers, but it’s becoming boring after an while. So I’m trying to find and eat some other food. I have tried to find real authentic “Swedish” Kebab, but can’t find it. I have so far found one place, it’s in the food corner at Lotte Departmrent store.

The food: Its Burrito bread, filled with cabbage, some sauce and chicken meat.  Its quite good actually and I can recommend it. If there where a Taco Bell in Daejon, I would love to go there, but since its in Seoul, its not an option. Its costs 4000 won (4500 including a soda) so its a fair price.

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Green is normal strength.

The red one is the spicy variant.

Yong-Amsa

This Saturday, I Will go to Gubongsan, it’s mountain southeast of Daejeon. However it has been raining a lot these two weeks, so if it continues I will cancel it.Last weekend I was visiting at nice, temple: Yong-Amsa(용암사 옥천). I made a video of it: Yong-Amsa.

I was visiting it on Sunday morning (to see the sunset etc.) by going there by bus. I was passing Okcheon. It was a sleeping small city. The farmers were packing up their harvest to sell it on the market (its near to the busstation).

After waiting one hour, I got on a bus that took me a bus stop near the temple. It took me about 30 minutes to reach the temple from the nearest bus stop.

When I was going back I got lift from a local from the village. They told me that I had to wait a long time until next bus. I just wants to say thanks for the lift (he never told me his name). The conclusion is: Its a nice temple but visit by car.