How many of you agree that accommodation is as important as your trip itinerary? You want to be able to come back to a place where you can rest and recharge for the next day! So today, I’ll be sharing with you where I stayed during the first half of my Korea Solo Trip when I was in Gwangju!
Yes, this place deserves a post of its own. If you followed me, I recently blogged about day one of my solo trip, and if you haven’t read it yet, do click here! I actually contemplated whether to include where I stayed in that post, but after much thinking, it was right that I dedicated a post just for this amazing place!
I chanced upon Pedro’s House on an Airbnb listing, and I thought it looked pretty interesting. But, it was too expensive for me. However, upon googling, It turned out that they had their own website and other cheaper room options! So I happily did some research and booked it right away!
Pedro has two different locations ㅡ One living quarters right above Voyagers Cafe, and another one a short distance away, which is where I stayed. Checking in is simple, just head to Voyagers cafe, and Pedro will show you to your room and help you get settled in. Amenities are simple, kitchen, toilet and a living room space. You get a free bottle of water every morning, there’s an electric kettle and everything! What I love about this place is the amount of information you get! There’re flyers for almost every tourist attraction you can think of, a folder full of what to eat in Gwangju and even books for your reading leisure!
Another amazing feature about this place is Voyagers Cafe. Breakfast is served in the morning here and I can still remember how Pedro will ask: “Coffee or Tea?” Breakfast menu changes every morning so you won’t be eating the same thing! Voyagers cafe is also filled with information, like how to get to U-Square Bus Terminal etc. Also, this place has decorations from countries all over the world, even travel guides of places like India, Germany and more! There are also books, novels and even magazines like Kinfolk where you can borrow! The choices are endless! I myself borrowed a book for the bus journey to Jeonju. I can imagine book lovers just spending the whole day here.
The cafe is also a good place to meet people from all sorts of backgrounds! I met a group of friends from Singapore who’s also visiting Gwangju, a middle-aged Korean lady who’s interested in politics, a Malaysian girl who’s going around rural and country parts of Korea doing a farm stay programme, where you work and the host family provides accommodation and food in return. Also, an American, almost 60, who’s sourcing for traditional Korean music for his radio station.
As if all these weren’t enough! Let me just share one story during my stay here that made this place unforgettable.
One morning, I was having breakfast at Voyagers and I saw this young Korean boy coming down from the second floor. I assumed he was staying here with his parents but judging from the conversation Pedro had with another customer regarding the boy, I think he was there alone! But important thing is that the parents didn’t abandon him there, which was good enough for me. He had a ukelele with him, and he proceeded to sit outside and he started to play and sing.
I was mostly shocked by how good he was, and in my mind, I was simply in awe. I slowly made my way to the outdoor seating area and stood there, enjoying his little practice session. I remember telling him, “진짜 잘해!” which meant he did really well, and he replied in the most humble tone:
“아니요, 아직 부족해요, 연습을 많이해야겠다”
“I’m still lacking, I need to practice more.”
He wants to be a musician when he grows up. Here is a kid, working hard for his dreams, what on earth was I doing when I was his age?! Probably out there without a single care in the world. But no, this is not going to be one of those moments I feel sorry for myself, instead, I was just grateful that I took this trip and that I am finally chasing my dreams and doing the things that made me happy.
My heart was full.
I hope you enjoyed reading this one!