Don’t you just hate it when plans go awry?
I arrived in Seoul last night and had set up a tour to visit the DMZ and Panmunjom (North/South Korea border) today, a relic of the Cold War and primary reason for my visit to South Korea.
Upon confirming my tour yesterday, I was told that today is Buddha’s birthday and no tours would be running. Thanks for the warning… I checked with a couple other companies and the hotel concierge here at the Westin Chosun and the story was the same: no tours today.
That puts me in a bit of a bind. There are tours tomorrow, but the timing asepct of the trip would be far from ideal. While I could join a morning tour and enter the no-man’s land between the two countries, I would have to skip out early and take a taxi to Incheon Airport, which would be quite costly. I also had a meeting scheduled tomorrow that I would have to cancel and would not be able to fully enjoy the Park Hyatt. And it is raining today and will be raining tomorrow.
The problem is that I know for a fact (because I know me) that if I do not go tomorrow, I will be making another trip in the near future, which will end up costing me a lot more money. I studied the Cold War and Korean conflict extensively while earning my political science degree and the DMZ is at the top of my sightseeing list.
I hate these impossible decisions.