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Published: January 24th 2018
The Olympics MascotsSaturday Jan. 20 - Monday Jan. 22.
Soohorang is the white tiger - mascot for the Olympic games. Bandabi is the black bear - mascot for the Paralympic games. Picture taken at airport.
After a grueling trip I finally made it. I had a 21 hour flight via Beijing to get here, Incheon Airport near Seoul, arriving 11:50 a.m on Monday, Jan. 22. I added a day by crossing the dateline (Tristan your homework assignment is to look this up). I met some other volunteers in the baggage claim area and we decided to travel together. Sabria (France) & I made our way to Seoul via subway, then to Jinbu station via 15:01 KTX train, which travels up to 300 km/hr (for those of your metric system challenged: take the first 2 numbers and multiply by 6; 30 x 6 = 180 mph). And the trains are sooooo smooth.
We arrived at Jinbu station at 16:45 and met up with David (Switzerland), Jeana (Dallas), 2 crazy Russian women - Olga & Natalie & a few others. We took the TW1 shuttle bus to the UAC (Uniform Distribution & Accreditation Center). The place was mobbed with volunteers (and men from S. Korea army volunteering). We were able to try on the uniforms to get the right size. We finally made it through the process at 18:35
KTX train station is Seoul.
Lots of shopping & food here.
and just missed the 18:30 shuttle bus. It was snowing really hard & was cold. We got the 19:30 shuttle bus to our accommodation at the Catholic Kwongdong University and, of course, arrived with a mob and got processed there. Sabria & I weren't designated to be roommates but we asked if we could, and they changed it for us.
So, we are now living in a dormitory room for 4 people. We have a Russian woman in our room also. I'm sure a 4th person will show up. They provided us with bedding, pillow, soap, toilet paper, and 2 small towels. We go to a communal shower, sink, toilet area. Tuesday, Jan. 23
My electricity converter plugs don't fit well (they are old & loose) so I bought a new one. There is 2 places to lock things but I didn't bring a lock so I bought 2. AND - they don't serve coffee with breakfast!!! I won't be able to survive without my morning coffee, so I bought some coffee (and 5 other volunteers did the same). A bunch of us walked to a store today and bought stuff we needed.
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Inside the KTX train.
Comfortable seats & screen with lots of information.
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