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DANIELLE MURDOCH TRIP.     14 january - 7 october 2008.      26900km!!!                         RUS - ENG

 

THAILAND - LAOS - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM - CAMBODIA - KOREA - RUSSIA - MONGOLIA - RUSSIA

 

South Korea
 
I arrived in to Seoul at 6 am.... with only 3hrs sleep i climb aboard a bus to the city centre where i was to meet a lady who is helping me transport my motorbike across the country. Now you are all probably wondering why, I'm not spending any time here - well i would have, but my Russian visa took so long to get sorted out and with its stricked rules  I could not get it in Korea. Also Korea is a very expensive country to travel around in. While I was
waiting for Wendy, I had time to people watch - after Cambodia, I was stunned at the contrast in life. I made a snap decision that i preferred living in Cambodia on $50 a month with a huge smile on my face, compared to living in South Korea on $50 an hour with frown. I also couldn't understand, where they hide all the people..... this is a huge city, and so far, there are less people on this street compared to the small street my guest house is on. it completely blew me away.
 
So after meeting Wendy, she took me to the express bus station were I boarded a bus to Sok Cho, South Korea's international port. 4 hours later I arrived. I got into a taxi and headed to a hotel around the ferry. For $20 I got a room with a tv, air con and a bathroom (here is the catch) my bed was a thin mattress on the floor. I hadn't eaten all day, and i was extremely tired, I trudged around the town in search of food and the Internet. I headed back to my room and crashed out. I could have slept on rocks that night!
 
The next day i went down to the ferry, and arranged for my bike to be uncreated and put back together... as i was doing this, the ferry guys kept coming over to help me... this was more annoying than helpful, but they thought they were doing good. I asked about putting petrol and oil in to the bike, they said no... so i brought my ticket and headed back into town for some lunch/ breakfast... On my way back down to the ferry, i past a bike shop, there was a Canadian, who had just come from Russia. He gave me his map and asked me if i needed any help - i quickly took him up on this offer as he lives in Korea and can speak the language. He asks again for me (in Korean) if i can put oil and fuel into my bike... they said yes, but i have 30min to do it in..... so i run back to the bike shop, while Arther goes on his bike to buy me some petrol and i buy some oil.When Arther comes back, i head down
to my bike and fill it up. I then start my bike with my smuggled battery and ride it onto the ferry. What a day... I'm ready for another sleep... I board the boat and watch it leave Korea and then go to my bed and sleep. I missed dinner time at the cafe and have to make do on a packet of chips from the shop... another day with out eating much... That night i slept so well...

 

 

Danielle Murdoch 

 

THAILAND - LAOS - CAMBODIA - VIETNAM - CAMBODIA - KOREA - RUSSIA - MONGOLIA - RUSSIA

 

      

 

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