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Incheon, South Korea

It is a long journey home from Auckland. 2 12-hour flights from Auckland to Seoul and Seoul to Frankfurt, then ~ 2.5 hours of driving back to Erkelenz.

Luckily I had a night at a fancy hotel in Incheon included with my Korean Air flight because the stopover was about 18 hours. When I arrived at Incheon International Airport I went to the Korean Air counter and they put me on a shuttle bus to the Best Western Premier Songdo Park Hotel where I had a private room and buffet for dinner and breakfast.

It was the best accomodation I have had all year! It was awesome! And to make it even better, they gave me unlimited highspeed internet via ethernet cable. I got download speeds of up to 8 MByte/second, which means I must have had at least a 70 MBit connection! Needless to say I made good use of that 😀 especially after the crappy internet connections in New Zealand where you had to pay a fortune for 100MB of traffic.

I slept quite well and the next morning I had a delicious breakfast on the top floor (#19) with a nice view over Incheon. Unfortunately the weather was still crap. Around 10.30 am I was brought back to the airport where I could jump the queue and just drop of my luggage again since I had already checked in and gotten my ticket in Auckland.

As mentioned earlier the flight was 12 hours, but due to the time difference I took of at 2 pm and landed at 6 pm, hence I had a very long day.

Back at the airport I was picked up by my dad and my girlfriend Sara. Needless to say we all were more than happy to be reunited.


And that’s it, year abroad: 100% complete!

Here are the last photos of my year-long trip.

“1 night in Korea”

From 2012-05-12+1 Incheon. Posted by Philipp Hübner on 5/19/2012 (42 items)

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Roadtrip through Middleearth

For my last 2 days I had booked a free relocation car form Wellington City to Auckland Airport. All I had to pay was petrol and optional insurance. Better safe than sorry I chose the full insurance with zero costs in case of any damage to the car.

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I had booked 6 nights in Wellington which gave me 5 full days. After the 15 days Contiki plus the long journey from Christchurch back to Wellington I was happy to mostly chill and relax. Also I had gotten a bad cold in the last days. With a blocked nose I could not enjoy food or drinks.

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Coastal Pacific (Christchurch <-> Wellington)

Vicky and I checked in at the Around The World Backpackers. It turned out to be a small but very nice hostel.

I helped Vicky getting her trip to Kaikoura and back organized, booked a taxi for the next morning at 6.10 am and then we walked to the next supermarket to buy a few things for dinner. Getting there took us a while, especially because we ran into a fence and had to walk around a block because of that, thanks to the earthquakes. Eventually we managed to get there, buy a few things and walk back.

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This is our Playground

Here are a couple of videos to show you some of the amazing fun you can have in New Zealand.


Zorbing – outside



Zorbing – inside



The Nevis Bungy (134 meters)



The Nevis Bungy – Bird’s Eye View



Shotover JetBoat

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Contiki New Zealand Grand Explorer – South Island

The south island of New Zealand is absolutely amazing, too!

Again, I’ll try to keep this post as short as possible, but it will be massive nevertheless. My Contiki trip is packed with fun experiences.

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