Our Living Room
Our Kitchen and Dining Room
We had our breakfast (included) and worked out the itinerary here every day. The fridge was stocked and there was coffee, tea and juices haha. I discovered that the Del Monte Prune Juice was nice thanks to our host. Hey, I asked permission and restocked with a chocolate cake hahaha. I helped cook some golden mushrooms with our host, Min, and she taught me to use sesame oil and bamboo salt. Yummy!
We took the airport bus to Centum City (7000 won each, Bus #1 or Bus #2 stops at Centum Hotel near BEXCO) and from there, it's around a 10-minute taxi ride or if you're lucky like us, our host met us at the bus stop haha. The apartment is "near" the Shinsegae Centum City (Metro Subway stop when you get there), one of the largest, if not the largest, department stores in the world and the Busan Cinema Center - the center of the BIFF (Busan International Film Festival). I say "near" because if you're going there and you walk slow like us, it would take you around 30 minutes (to walk, cross the bridge then cross the street).
- Just pay ahead so that you wouldn't have to worry anymore. It makes both, host and guest, trust each other more (they are putting their home out there for you too you know).
- If you're not sure, ask nicely. Don't demand and abuse. Not everything is free and not every request will be granted because you only paid for staying the night. Most likely though, they might be the super generous kind. Just a disclaimer: not all the extra benefits I wrote about here, you'll get like the date night and the car rides haha. The food may also vary and the apartment availability has to be discussed before you book.
- Be very careful of their things and be considerate of their house rules. These are not hotels or hostels where you can take off and be on your own without regard. Just spare them from the worries (like getting home late and they don't know where you are) and bring your own toiletries and consumables. Refill if you have to. You asked for a homestay experience, think ahead if you can take sleeping on the floor or on the hard marble bed. They give you the details anyway and you can inquire before you book.
- Spend some time with them but don't forget to ask if they are busy first. Plan ahead.
- Keep your host's number at all times and keep multiple copies. He/she can be your only friend in the whole of Busan and your guide if you get lost.
- Practice and learn Korean with your host!!! It will most probably stick this way. She speaks good English already by the way.