About ten hours before my supposed train to Busan, I met Hannah and Nisa, two Filipino exchange students in Busan who went to Seoul for the Chuseok Holidays, cancelled my reservation and booked five more nights at the guest house I was staying at in Sinchon.
I actually have been considering staying in Seoul and not pushing through with my trip to Busan days before meeting them. Them inviting me to stay and explore Seoul and go to Busan together only made me justify what I really wanted to do in the first place.
At around nine to ten in the evening we went out to explore Hongdae. We just walked around, checked some shops that were still open, watched street performances, and then had chicken at some restaurant. I don’t know about them but it didn’t feel like I just met them less than two hours ago. I was comfortable in their company.
We spent the next few days exploring the usual tourist attractions in Seoul, which I wouldn’t be mentioning anymore. Although I’ve been to most of them, except the Korean Drama Locations we visited, going to those places felt different (in a good way) from when I went there the first time.
I don’t think I’ve ever truly appreciated my native language, Filipino, until this trip to Korea. I had no problems communicating with people during this trip and during my prior travels. Despite the language barrier, the universal language of I don’t know, being a citizen of the world always worked for me. I don’t know if that makes sense. Anyway, I have been speaking English and (simple) Korean the past few days and when I met Nisa and Hannah and we conversed in Filipino, it felt really nice. I remember thinking “Na-miss ko mag-Tagalog!”
Hannah had to leave for Busan first so I spent the remaining days with Nisa before we took the train to Busan two days later. Sadly, they couldn’t accompany me around Busan because they had to study for their exams. It was totally fine with me, though. I understood.
So I went back to traveling alone, explored Busan and Seoul on my own, and I was reminded that it’s okay to be alone but I don’t always have to be. (And that’s okay, too.)
Yeah, this post is all over the place and I suck at writing transitions and endings but I just want to say Salamat! See you pagbalik niyo rito sa Pilipinas!