i spent two weeks and two days in South Korea and enjoyed every minute. i’m looking forward to visiting again some day in the future. however, it was time to leave so lunato and i packed our bags and boarded the United airplane heading to San Francisco, USA. lunato had really wanted to visit the Golden Gate bridge so we had arranged our flights so that we could have a 5 hour transit in SF.
immigration was annoying. first we were selected for “extra interrogation” and had to go to their security offices and spent about half an hour there. second, once we were past immigration, the customs officer searched all of my luggage and even went through my laptop. i’m a canadian citizen and have travelled/visited the States more than 5 times in the past 4 years (and each time had to undergo some “extra” checks) but i still had to open my hand carry, my two suitcases, and then log into my laptop and let him search through it for more than 10 minutes. i’ve no idea what he was doing.. i wasn’t allowed to look at the screen >:( finally, when he was done with all my luggage, i started to lift lunato’s suitcase so i could put it on the table and open for him but he told me, “It’s ok. She can go.” bah! canadian citizen vs south korean citizen. oh well, at least we got to see the Golden Gate bridge… and it was really beautiful :)
we took the BART train from the airport to the Civic Center station and then a cab to the Golden Gate bridge. you can see the Alcatraz island from the bridge. the 1996 movie, The Rock featured this prison and since i really liked that movie, i was really excited to see it with my own eyes.
after spending half an hour on the bridge, we barely made it back to the airport and we were the last two to board the airplane :P when we boarded the airplane, we heard the air hostess tell the pilots “ah, they are here!.” unforunately, during the rush to the airplane, i forgot to pick up my wrist watch from the small box i had put it in while going through the security checkposts. doh!!
from SFO, we took an Air Canada flight to Toronto and apparently from this flight was considered a domestic flight and not an international one. that is part of the reason we were so late to get to the boarding gate. we were looking for the gates in the International Terminal instead of the Domestic Terminal. so, in case you’re traveling between CA and USA through SF, either be smarter than us and ask someone beforehand which terminal you should be leaving from OR remember this post!
4 replies on “korea trip – 07 – seoul to san francisco”
hey sikander and heajoo, it was unfortunate we didn’t meet yesterday in chuncheon but i hope you guys had a great time in korea together. from what seunwoo told me, it looks like heajoo is heading back to the land of the maple leaf so if you guys are ever in ottawa, please feel free to give us a holla and we can meet up. i will definitely bring my photo album for you guys to see!
until then, take care and have a safe flight back home.
jimmy and seunwoo.
p.s. our phone # is ottawa is 613-820-6083. i think heajoo also has seunwoo’s email address.
hello jimmy and sunwoo
i know it was very unfortunate for us not be able to visit your wedding. i am sure that you two were a beautiful bride and groom. we really wanted to go for your wedding but some important family matters came up so we couldn’t make it. we are so sorry.
let’s definately meet in ottawa or you can visit toronto. you are all the time welcome in our house.
good to hear from you sikander & heajoo. i got back to canada last saturday and picked up seunwoo last night. we were both exhausted but definitely had the time of our life. here are some pics for your viewing pleasure. when we got the wedding pics and movies, i’ll let you guys know
till then, take care and see you around.
why you guys getting married? :)
i meant when! :p
you’ll find out soon enough :)
i know i have a lot of catching up to do. hopefully over this long weekend.
stay tuned :p
Still nothing.. lazy sikander!