Posted by Stephanie on September 28, 2018


Super excited for this upcoming March? Why? Well, who doesn’t love mushy slush that instantly soaks your shoes as soon as you unavoidably step in it? Or leaving your house in the morning for work when it still looks like it’s the middle of the night? Or shoveling? Yeah, shoveling is great! While yes, my heart goes all soft inside thinking of mid-March, this year it’s for a different reason I’m so excited for it to come.

I’m going to Korea! 

Not only is this happening, but it’s also so real, I actually have plane tickets in hand — or in email — as who has actual tickets delivered to themselves anymore? After lots of planning and talking (and lots and lots of saving) from March 6th through the 21st I’ll be living the fangirl dream! Seriously, what kdrama/kpop fan doesn’t set her ultimate goals to visiting South Korea? The land where all this stuff we consume (content, beauty, food) actually hail from?

I’m really, really excited!

Or, I’m really, really nervous and the excitement is in there somewhere! This will be my first time visiting a non-English based country and yes, I know people go there all the time and make it back having an awesome time, I’m a worrier. It’s what I do. If I’m not worrying about something, you should probably worry for me — because I am dead.

Luckily, I’m not going to be alone in this venture. Nope, it’s me and several of the most trusted members of the Kpop Nerd Herd and staff of Kchat Jjigae will be along on this journey. (Ooh, staff, fancy!) In SaraG and Alix, we even have some veteran Korean travelers, so I’m sure our chances of survival in this amazing country has jumped significantly.

Now that we have our tickets though, comes the interesting question, one I posed in this week’s podcast. What do I want to do there? Literally, all I can come up with when asked is “Train to Busan?” because heaven help me if I think past a funny quip (Though I wonder now, how many times daily commuters have to put up with zombie film reenactments while they are just trying to read their papers? My guess, probably a lot. So one more won’t matter, right???)

The idea of going to South Korea has rumbled around in my head for so long, yes, it’s not like I’m completely idealess. I want to go to Haeundae. I want to see the palaces. I want to go to one of those late night food tents. I’d like to go to a concert or to the filming of one of those music shows. I want to eat everything. But those are vague-ities not a specific plan and, as we are getting closer and closer, the time for vague-ities are past. I need to come up with concrete ideas. I don’t want to get there and have this conversation:

“What do you want to do?”

“I don’t know what do you want to do?”

Rinse and repeat.

I also don’t want to find myself tagging along on someone else’s vacation because I can’t come up with a plan of my own. This is a once in a lifetime trip, I need to do this right!

So, I’m asking you out there who have been to Korea, those of you who have your own to-do list, to let me know what you suggest I do! Our current plan is to fly into Seoul and stay, day trip from there. Then we’re taking that train to Busan and doing the same from there. If you’re looking for some guidelines, I can say, I love Kdrama and Kpop, but I also love history, architecture, the unique, the off the beaten path. I’ve chatted up Leila (KpopontheDL) and as this is also her first trip to South Korea she’s also keen on doing the tourist/historical with me. YAY, CULTURE NERDS!

Is there anything you think we should watch out for? Something you did and came out of it with an ‘eh’? Something you’d do differently? Let your experiences aid us! It’s what good kfans would do.

I really can’t wait to go, I’ve been so immersed in the Klife for years now. To actually be going is both thrilling and nerve-wracking. Luckily, I’m going with great friends who have similar interests. I can’t believe I’m actually going to be blogging at some point from actual South Korea. It’s a little mind-boggling.


  • Reply D. BryAnn Chen September 30, 2018 at 12:02 am

    I like going to art museums and looking at contemporary art especially. I enjoy the historical and the pretty as much as anyone but what’s going on now?

    You must also drink soju out of a juicebox by the Han River.

    • Reply Stephanie September 30, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      From a juicebox? I’m in!

  • Reply humbledaisy1 September 30, 2018 at 12:40 am

    To me, Kchat Jjigae is all about the drama connections so that’s what I hope you report back on. I’d also vote for a hot springs trip (or even just a bathhouse!) and some cultural learning experience like learning about pottery (shades of that drama about the famous female potter) or one of those overnight stays at a temple. I imagine so much of the trip will be go-go-go that a little quiet may be nice. Can’t wait to find out what your crew finally decides to do!

    • Reply Stephanie September 30, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      We may have found a really interesting kdrama tour and will probably be taking that! I’m not a naked person so the ladies are doing a sauna day but I’m out 😉 Thanks for the comment and you better believe we’ll keep you updated!!

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