The whole reason we were in Korea to attend my friend Caleigh’s wedding. After a few days in Seoul we headed off to Daegu where the wedding would be taking place. We took an early high speed train across the country.
I got Dunkin’ Donuts for the journey because I hadn’t had DD in a literal decade! We had had one in Sydney,NS about 30 minutes from where I drew up but it closed sometimes around the millennium. They’re not really a thing in UK so I took the nostalgia opportunity. It was delicious. I ate three donuts in a hour and felt so sick… but it was totally worth it. I used to have a tshirt in high school that said FUNKIN’ GONUTS in the DD font and it was brilliant.
Daegu is much much smaller than Seoul. When my partner had mentioned to a colleague of theirs(who’s Korean) that we were planning a trip their reaction to the mention of a few days in Daegu was ‘Why the hell are you going to Daegu?!’. It’s not exactly cosmopolitan but we didn’t struggle to find things to do or see. Once we arrived we headed to the flat we’d rented to drop off our bags and regroup. My partner wasn’t feeling well so my friend Rachel(who was staying with us) and I headed out to explore the city and do a little shopping.
Rachel and I found a camera shop where I was able to buy film for the wedding(sadly the roll I shot came out blank when it was processed), and several beauty stores. The highlight of our Daegu shopping adventure was visiting a Daiso which is Japanese chain store I would compare to Poundland… so many amazing things for SO CHEAP! I bought some ‘bra-less’ stick on nipple covers because bras in 30 degree 90% humidity are fucking oppressive, and a battery powere Doraemon fan because I am weeaboo trash . Of course stopped(on more than a few occasions) for iced coffee and milk tea with boba! I love Bubble Tea so much I can’t even tell you.
More Bulgogi and some Soju were had that night for diner. Having travelled far, and jet lag finally starting to catch up with us we had an early night.
The next day was Caleigh’s wedding! Rachel and I stopped in to visit the bride to be and deliver the wedding gifts I’d brought from the UK; a LOAD of Italian and British cheeses, a painting to decorate her new home with, and pair of vintage crochet gloves and a beaded handbag just for her.
With loads to do before the big event we left Caleigh and did a little more wandering and shopping before heading back to our rented flat to get ready. The train station nearest the flat was next to a huge outdoor food market. It was like the Korean version of London’s Ridley Road(known as little lagos). The buckets of half alive fish were a bit much to deal with but the array of fruit and dried goods on offer was pretty amazing.
We almost missed the wedding, but it wouldn’t have been Caleigh’s wedding without some hilarious blip. We missed the shuttle to the venue due to construction and confusion, finally grabbed a cab that thanks to the language barrier took us to a hotel in the middle of town rather than the wedding venue. A quick scramble and with the help from the staff at the hotel who spoke english we got a second cab that got us to the wedding venue, which was half an hour out of town, just as the music started to play and the bride started to make her way down the isle!
The wedding was simple and elegant, after it finished we skipped out on the after party having to fly to Tokyo early the next day. I regret that. I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with Caleigh as I would have liked to. I got lucky and we ended up at the airport together the next day, her entire family flying to a holiday island for some quality time together. I cried a lot, but did get all the hugs I’ll need for the next little while before we see each other again.