For those who do not know me, my name is Guilherme.
Born in Curitiba, living in Berlin and awarded the opportunity to study for a semester in South Korea.
Before leaving for the more prosperous Korean side, I decided to visit family and friends in Brazil, and from there I would head east.
The biggest problem would be the value of this adventure.
The most logical route pointed me from Brazil to California and from there to Seoul, the South Korean capital, but the figures indicated I would need a diamond in my wallet.
From Curitiba to São Paulo, and from there to the United States, I would need approximately 900 dollars. Only for the one-way ticket, since my return had no specific date or location.
There must be a better option.
I opened a map and began to look at it.
Over the Pacific would be a fortune. By the Atlantic would be an eternity.
I chose to spend my time.
There is not a free service or website that offers what I set out to do.
I started looking for cities and countries between Brazil and South Korea, which could serve as a stopping point, and I came to the conclusion that Bangkok and Dubai would be the best choices.
After entering the website of several airlines, I found the divine tickets.
Departure from Curitiba and arrival in Dubai with Ethiopian Airlines, and from Dubai to final destination Seoul, with Singapore Airlines.
All for $ 300.
For ⅓ of the value, I would arrive in the same place. Great choice, right?
Let’s get down to it then.
The flight would leave Curitiba to Sao Paulo, then continue to Lomé (capital of Togo, Africa), making a quick stopover in Addis Ababa (capital of Ethiopia), and finally arriving in Dubai.
From the top I could see beaches and not much infrastructure in Togo. Unfortunately not more than that.
Arriving late in Ethiopia, I did not even have time to get into the airport. A rush between airplanes took me to another aircraft bound for Dubai, where I would have a 14-hour stop, enough to see what I missed on my way through those sandy and rich lands in 2014.
I must say that Dubai does not please me. Of all the places I went through, most likely Dubai was one of the least prefered places along with Las Vegas.
I’m not condemning anyone who likes it, but this pride and need to show off does not deceive me. The complex of having the largest in the world in all categories seems to me as a cheap (not at all) trick to get tourists in the middle of a desert.
Biggest building in the world: Burj Khalifa, offering inside it also the highest nightclub in the world, the world’s tallest mosque, the restaurant and also observatory closer to the clouds.
World’s Largest Fountain: Dubai Mall.
Largest indoor ski resort in the world: Ski Dubai.
Biggest shopping mall in the world: Dubai Mall.
It is impressive, but far from my tastes and principles.
Anyway, back to the trip. The 14 hours in Dubai began at 6 o’clock in the morning and with more than 30 ° C in the thermometers. By 10:00 already it was around 40 ° C.
How to proceed?
With my backpack and chasing shadows I tried to venture into the town, but I was not very successful.
The feeling was of defeat. On one side the unbearable heat, and on the other the option to shelter me in an air conditioned mall.
Unwillingly, I entered the refined shops, skating and hockey rink , an artificial mountain for skiing and other extravagances.
Time to go. From Dubai to Singapore and from there finally to Seoul.
I did not have time again to see something in the old Asian Tiger, despite having already gone through these bands in 2013.
And behold, after 57 hours I finally arrived at the place that would receive me for the next 4 months.
57 hours between leaving my house in Curitiba and arriving at the accommodation in Seoul.
It is possible to travel cheaper.
Compare the price of a direct ticket to your destination, with multiple tickets stopping at intermediate places.
If I regret all this time between airports and aircraft?
Not at all.
I only regret not having explored anything in Togo and Ethiopia.
Maybe next time.
- addis ababa
- são paulo
- south korea