This morning I procured my lodgings for my stay in California, and with that, my planning is done. All I have to do now, is wait 10 grueling days until it’s time for me to depart to the airport and head on my way.
It was a lot harder than last year, mostly because a few days ago I realized that I’d have to go myself because none of my friends would be going this year.
Of course, we’re hundreds of thousands of miles apart, and we’re all busy with our own stuff, but It was a shock after assuming that we were going to be together again.
Now I’m going to be by myself and I don’t know how I feel about that.
Long story short, my plans fell apart, I’m going to be alone and hope I don’t get lost.
The biggest thing is that I’ll have to attend KCON by myself, and I’m terrible with going around places. I’m so indecisive.
And now…for even more expenses. No, I’m not talking about food or souvenirs, I’m talking about metro passes.
I don’t have a car. I don’t have a licence. I have no one going with me. I’m riding solo on this, which means I’ll need a way around. Besides shuttle buses, which can range anywhere from $16-$20 for my trips to and from the airport, there’s also a need (well, want technically outside of the three days to KCON) to get out and about in the area I’m staying in.
I don’t know if I’ll be with friends, but if I want to wander about, the metro rail seems like a good bet. They sell weekly passes for $25, and the card is only active AFTER the first use.
Cool right? BUT, you can’t just buy one online, well you can, but I already tried, and you can’t buy weekly passes online.
There’s a bus station near LAX, but the first day I’ll end up in Cali around 9 PM, so I’m just going to head to bed after I arrive at my destination.
Thankfully though, the place I’m staying at is within walking distance to a whole street with shops selling the TAP card, which is the metro card.
Do you guys remember that video by EYK about Korea’s metro card? It’s kinda like that. I’ll leave the video below for reference.
This pretty much explains how to use and refill your metro card in Korea, but I’ve also read some material that’s almost identical to this when it comes to the metro in Cali. Pretty useful stuff.
This video describes double doors on the subway, screens on the train to illustrate where your stops are, and the vending machines.
I don’t know yet if the Cali subway will be exactly like this, but I do know for a fact that you can use your metro card on the vending machines at the metro in Cali as well.
Anywhoodle-doodle-poodle, that is another expense, and God I hope my Cali friends can hang out with me, or it’s going to be a lonely weekend.
I plan on visiting Koreatown, which I went around with a group of friends last time, but didn’t see a lot.
I hope to get more video and pics for you this year, ALSO, I will be uploading the photos as i go, instead of saving them, so NOTHING WILL BE LOST THIS TIME, BWAHAHAHAHA!
Look forward to videos and blogs while I’m in Cali!