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Out of This World

Have a good one” said the professor as the final class came to a close and the high-spirited students rushed out full of hopes and dreams. Chuseok, or Mid-Autumn Festival, they call it. Originally a major harvest festival dedicated to honouring the dead, it is nowadays more about spending time with your family and eating moon cake. In Korea, the Chuseok is a three-day holiday during which most shops and restaurants are closed. So that sucks. At least I can get breakfast from KFC.


Lotte World is an amusement park of sorts located in Seoul. I heard Lauri and a few other were going there so I asked a Chinese friend, Jasmine, to go there with me. It was the day of Chuseok when only a few shops were open. For this day, the usually crowded Suwon was reduced to a ghost town, almost like Suonenjoki. Not that I’m complaining however, because I prefer the peace and quiet, something I miss about Finland. Being able to chat properly in the streets is a blessing. Another thing that I also miss is the Finnish national food, Turkish pizza.

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Embarrassingly enough, I made us walk for a much longer time than was needed. Noticing there was a subway station much closer to school, I felt stupid, but at least we got to Lotte World eventually in two pieces. The subway system in question was surprisingly convenient and easy to access. We only had to load a few thousand won on our student ID cards and we could just hop on a ride. Luckily, Lotte World was very close to the Jamsil station.

Most of Lotte World was inside a building spread across multiple floors with some of the bigger attractions outside of the building. On first glance the place was crowded to say the least, but it can be even worse on some days, I imagine. As a child, going there would be the best thing ever, because most of the attractions were made for smarr kids. On the lowest floor there was also an ice skating rink. As a Finnish guy I found extreme hilarity in watching Asian people try to skate.

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Then Gyro Drop happened. We waited in line for what seemed like forever. It felt like death row. The Gyro Drop was 70 meters tall and that was 70 too many for me. Unfortunately, the height limit was 190 cm, and I couldn’t think of a way to grow 4 cm quickly enough and since I didn’t want to seem like a wimp, I went anyway. After we hit the ground I wanted to crawl up and hug the earth. However, I wasn’t able to, because I was shaking, palms were sweaty, knees weak, mom’s spaghetti. So, that’s my best Mid-Autumn Festival experience so far.