Koreja, Potovanje, Uncategorized

Pred odhodom (v Južno Korejo)

Pred vsakim potovanjem v zadnjem tednu urejam ponavadi vedno iste stvari. Zaradi tokratnega posebnega razloga za odhod v Korejo (poročni obred) imam poleg klasičnih postopkov še nekaj dodadnih nalog. Pripravila sem seznam ključnih točk, s katerimi sem se ukvarjala tokrat.

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  1. Bančne kartice in valuta

Nemalokrat se mi je že zgodilo, da sem na potovanjih za določeno bančno kartico pozabila pin številko. Za vsak slučaj si zato pred tem denar razpršim na različne kartice,saj tudi ni nujno, da vsaka kartica dela na bankomatih. Poseben primer se mi je pripetil lansko leto, ko mi kartica ni delala na nobenem izmed slovenskih bankomatov, v Koreji pa je prijela na vsakem. In ne, nisem narobe napisala. J

  1. Mobilni operater

Zaenkrat imam še vedno poseben mobilni paket, ki vključuje 1 GB prenosa podatkov tudi v državah izven EU (na primer na Kitajskem, v Koreji…), vendar se moram povezati s partnerskim omrežjem. Tako vsakič znova, ko odhajam kam dlje od sosednjih držav, preverim, kateri od mobilnih operaterjev je na partnerskem seznamu. Kljub temu, da je Južna Koreja izjemno dobro pokrita z wifijem, se vseeno boljše počutim, ker lahko koristim tudi prenos podatkov.

  1. Spominska kartica na telefonu

Slike iz prejšnjih potovanj vedno brišem… tik preden odidem novim pustolovščinam naproti. Trenutno imam na telefonu več kot 9000 slik in več kot 1500 videev. Seveda bom vse prenesla na zunanji trdi disc (ki sem ga kupila danes) takoj zatem, ko končam tale prispevek.

  1. Brisanje vseh slik in videev

Po prenosu vsega slikovnega in video materiala na usb ali zunanji disc, nikoli ne zbrišem vsega še na telefonu. Najprej moram neštetokrat preverit, če se je vse res kopiralo in če so video zapisi v gledljivem formatu. Ves material bom verjetno tokrat brisala na poti na letališče- ker je tokrat moja spominska kartica reees čisto prepolna.

  1. Darila

Vsakič znova si prisežem, da se bom naslednjič spravila darila delat ali kupovat prej. Še vedno namreč vse to počenjam v zadnjem tednu pred odhodom  in se bojujem s slabo vestjo, da se nisem spomnila in pripravila to početi že prej.

  1. Knjižica o cepljenjih

Tokrat gremo na prvi polet kot družina. Južna Koreja se je v letošnjem letu spopadala z epidemijo ošpic, zato so določen čas vsi tujci pri vstopu v državo potrebovali potrdila o cepljenju. Sedaj se je zadeva nekoliko umirila, a kljub temu sem morala svojo hčerko cepit nekoliko prej kot po rednem programu. Knjižico moram vseeno prinesti s seboj, saj bi lahko hčerko v nasprotnem primeru zavrnili na meji.

  1. Potovalni dokumenti

Preden odpotujem v bolj oddaljene dežele, v zadnjem tednu pred odhodom vedno preverim, če niso kakšne nove restrikcije ali pravila glede vstopa in potovalnih dokumentov. Predvidevam, da me je tako ‘strenirala’ Kitajska, ki ima vsako leto strožja pravila glede viz in vstopa v državo (kljub temu, da na videz izgleda, da olajšujejo politiko z ‘novimi’ tranzitnimi vizami, osebno poznam vse več primerov, ko so bili tujci zavrnjeni pri prošnji za vizo oziroma pri migracijskem postopku v državo. Morda o tem nekoliko več v kakšnem drugem prispevku).

  1. Poročna obleka in čevlji

Glavni razlog za letošnji odhod v Južno Korejo je poročni obred, ki ga bomo imeli v kraju moževe družine. Še vedno ne vem, kam in kako bom spakirala poročno obleko. No, na srečo imam še nekaj ur pred odhodom. Imam pa že nekaj časa male nočne more, ko sanjam kaj v zvezi s poroko. Nazadnje sem sanjala, da sem odprla kovček v Koreji in v njem je bil samo en poročni čevelj. Huhh…

  1. Velikost prtljage

Vsaka letalska družba ima svoja pravila glede velikosti ročne in check-in prtljage. Pred vsakim odhodom preverim na spletni strani družbe, kakšne zahteve imajo. Spomnim se, kako sem se razveselila ob pakiranju kovčka na Kitajskem, ko sem po večmesečnem bivanju tam tlačila svoje stvari v kovček. Na srečo sem pred izgubo vseh živcev preverila pri letalskem prevozniku (Qatar) in so ravno v tistem času povečali težo za check-in prtljago; na ogromnih 30 kg.

Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

Before travel (to South Korea)

In the week before departure I always do the same things, no matter how seriously I promise to myself I will do them earlier next time. This year the travel to South Korea is even more unique and needed some special preparation, as the main reason for the visit is our wedding ceremony. At the same time, we will first time travel as a family by plane- our daughter is only 8 months old So here I am presenting my ‘before travel routine’.

Slovenska verzija: klik.

  1. Bank cards and currency

It has been keep on happening that I have had forgotten my pin number while I travel and I always spread money on different bank accounts for double safety. But sometimes my brain help me to save some money when I completely forget my pin number and I cannot withdraw the money.  And one thing which I never do before travelling- I never change the currency in my home country; because it is usually not even possible- for example our banks don’t exchange Korean wons in Slovenia.

  1. Mobile operators

I have a very unique mobile package, which includes 1GB roaming out of European countries. I know South Korea is very well covered with wifi, but I feel better to know I can use roaming anyway. Everytime before I go to travel (even to the countries I visited before), I always consult with my mobile operator staff to see if there are any new changes. I check who is their partner’s mobile operator in the country I am going to. Price for calls, data transfer and sms can be skyhigh, so always take a time to know your phone in advance, to prevent that it connects automatically to the foreign network.

  1. Memory on SD card

I always transfer the pictures from my last trip, travel or journey just few days before I go to the new one. It takes hours to do so and currently all my USBs don’t have enough space to transfer over 9000 videos and pictures. Luckily I keep one external disc at home too.

  1. Delete all pictures and videos

After I transfer all pictures and videos to computer or external disc, I never delete them from my phone at the same day. I am keep on checking if they have been really copied to the new source and if everything works well. Only few hours before leaving (usually on the way to the airport), I decide to delete some of them, because my memory card is completely full and I seriously cannot take a single shot anymore. Any readers among you, who are better organized and can give me some tips?

  1. Gifts

I wish to change my habit about gifts too. Until now, I always prepare them only a week before departure and I am always angry with myself that I didn’t take more time to work more on it.

  1. Vaccine’s book

This time it will be the first flight travel for us as a family.  Recently there was an epidemy with measles in South Korea, so she had to had to be vaccinated a bit earlier than usually to protect her. If I don’t carry the proof of it (small yellow book where all vaccines are notified), she could be refused to enter the country.

  1. Valid documents

Just before departure I always check the embassy or other government’s webpages about requirements for entering the foreign (overseas or countries which are not in EU) lands in case there are some last minutes changes and new requirements have been issued. I think I have been ‘trained’ by China, as I visited it many times and they can always change their rules and restrictions.

  1. Wedding dress and shoes

This time I already had some nightmares that I forgot to pack some things for the wedding. My recent dreams were related to the moment when I arrived to South Korea and unpacked things. I discovered I only brought  one shoe… Ohh, how horrible that feeling was. I still am not completely sure how and where I will carry the wedding dress, but luckily I have few more hours for departure.

  1. Luggage size

Usually every airline company have slightly different measurements for cabin and check-in luggage. I always go to visit their websites to check the requirements before start packing. It was amazing feeling, when I lived in China and was ready to pack my things for returning home and I discovered Qatar airways extended their weight limit- with new 30 kg I was able to pack everything.

 

Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

Preparation for wedding in South Korea

It will be my second time that I will visit South Korea. First visit happened last year when I met my husband’s parents and visited winter Olympics. This year the main reason for my travel is for me even bigger than Olympics. We are getting married in Korea!
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Wedding dress
I browsed million websites and visited few wedding salons to find the dress which makes me feel well with. I wanted to get something classy but also convenient and comfortable to hold my daughter who will be 9 months old at that time. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the fitting and selecting dresses. It was very unique time which I never imagined before that I will accompanied by my daughter, who turned out to be a person with very precise taste. At the end I bought a white dress in Slovenia and in Korea I will probably also wear Korean traditional dress hanbok.

Hanbok from my mother in law

Wedding location
The wedding ceremony will be happening outside at my husband’s family property in Gyeongju city. Their family house is a Korean traditional noble house hanok and is listed as premium hanok accommodation certified by Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization. Hanokstay means that tourists and visitors can stay at their home while they travel around. Their house is around 450 years old.

Hanokstay
Hanokstay
Kipec, ki bo bdel nad nami
He will have an overview on the whole ceremony
Place for overnight
Place for overnight

Bureaucratic challenges and official documents
Before we leave, I have to prepare a large range of papers and documents which me and my daughter need in Korea. Most of the documents are in Slovenian and they need to be translated or even legally verified. Not very amusing part of the wedding preparation.

Organization and invitations for wedding guests
My husband is in daily touch with his parents as they coordinate things with wedding organizers. It is expected to be around 500-800 guests on the wedding from his side. As an introvert I have no idea how I will deal with it but I am glad there will be also my parents, brother and closest friends from Slovenia, China and France.

Poroka na prostem
Place for wedding guests

Pre-wedding photography
We are thinking to make a pre-wedding photography in Slovenia. If I succeed to arrange my dress and shoes on time, we will consider Bled as a photo location. It is quite well known also among Koreans and it sounds a bit of luxurious destination. But first we also need to agree about photographer and photo style. There is a slightly difference between what kind of photos I like and what my husband prefers.

Testni priklon
Practice practice…