People eating by the side of the road, like they usually do.
Since Miriam had decided to go with Oyvind on his travels through China, Anette and Cecilie decided to jump on the ferry for South Korea today rather than on Friday 12 as planned. It was supposed to leave at 4pm but was delayed and didn`t set out until 7 pm. Took about 16 hours but we lost track of time after just a few minutes because we crossed over to a different time zone and even the clocks on the ferry showed different times. We had booked 2nd class fully prepared to share a room with more people but were a little surpised to find a room holding 50 beds! With nowhere to secure our backpacks we just sat down with it in the lobby, eating, watching some Koreans play a kind of board game we never understood and actually having a really good time.
Taxi ride to the ferry
Enter the chief purser beckoning us to follow him. At first we were nervous, thinking we`d done something wrong but all he wanted was to show us our upgraded room in 1st class. Which we didn`t refuse but it felt a little odd being upgraded as I`m pretty sure we were the only ones who got that treatment and the only difference between us and everyone else on the ship was that we were caucazian and they not. But I guess it`s fair enough that he`s hoping we`ll come back and spend more money and therefore wanted to make us feel very welcome. We even got free tickets to the sauna/baths which was heaven... But just to clear up any misunderstandings; yes, we were upgraded to 1st class and got a 4 bed room to ourselves with a little table and chairs and a fridge and a tv... but the suites go to business, then royal, then super royal and then president. So it`s not like we were living life high class or anything. But more than good enough for two backpackers :)