The biggest challenge for me in Korea and indeed any foreigner was my first jet-lagged night. Alone, with no friends around me, I very nearly ran back to the airport and the nearest and quickest plane. England was far away amidst the hustle and bustle and bright city lights of downtown Bundang. The adventure was no longer weeks and months ahead of me. It was in the here and now. Nothing was secure. Everything seemed uncertain. Untrustworthy. Everything seemed very alien to me almost shocking. As I lay in my bed I thought of running away. I was horribly jet-lagged and that just made it worse. So knowing that there would be PC Bangs around I resolved to find one to check up when the next flight would be. I made it as far as WA Bar, and therein laid my salvation. Yes a few beers did help calm my nerves and help me sleep, but really it was the smiles and hospitality of the two Korean barmen that won me over. They seemed very friendly. They even gave me a cigarette which would have never happened in England. Maybe I will give it till the end of the week I thought... I never looked back after that. I made more and more friends. I settled in at my new school. In time I fell in love with Korea. So far I have not taken that plane back - I'm in my 2nd year!
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