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Quarantine in Korea

I arrived in Korea on October 10 and was immediately shuttled off to quarantine at a government operated hotel in Incheon. We went through some paper work and got covid tests before being directed to our rooms. My first meal was a pre packed one given to all the new people checking in, so it was totally not gluten free. I did request gluten free meals, but didn't receive them for the first few days. Unknowingly, a friend of mine called the hotel while I took a nap and told them about my celiac. I started to receive meals I could eat after that day. The bed was as hard as a rock. Like, I'm talking caveman vibes, rock slab bed. The wifi was slower than slow. We were also told not to open our windows, but if we had to for ventilation, to only open it a small amount and for no longer than 10 minuets or an alarm would go off. I later found out that was a lie and they only said that because last year there were protestors out side the hotel and the people quarantining were opening their windows and "harassing" the protestors.


We had announcements twice a day, at lunch and dinner. I'll attach the two different ones they would switch between below!


This first one, wasn't played as often as the second one. It mentions summer, but I just assumed the opposite since I arrived in fall. I heard this one only once or twice.

This was the announcement I heard once, if not twice, everyday.



Anyway, I'll give you a run down of my 2 weeks in South Korea quarantine with celiac disease.



Day 1 (10/10): Not much to say. After I arrived, I ate what I could and then slept. I didn't get a picture of my food that day, sorry!




Day 2 (10/11): I woke up way earlier than I wanted to. I skyped my mom while eating breakfast, took a nap, had a video chat with my best friend back home, ate lunch, studied my Korean, ate dinner, and slept.


Breakfast was potato wedges, fruit, cereal, an egg salad sandwich, a hard boiled egg, instant coffee, and milk. I drank the coffee and ate the potatoes, fruit, and egg. No reaction.

Lunch was fried fish, radish kimchi, broccoli, tofu, an apple wedge, rice, pickles, and I never quite figured out what the red stuff was. I also got a soup, crackers, and yakult. I drank the yakult and ate the rice, broccoli, and kimchi. No reaction.

Dinner was teriyaki chicken, garlic, kimchi, an orange wedge, some kind of potato salad they ruined with corn flakes, lotus root, beans, and rice. I also got another soup and an orange drink (tastes like sunny d). I ate the garlic (soooo good), kimchi, orange wedge, and rice. A very slight reaction, probably from my orange possibly touching a corn flake.




Day 3 (10/12): My first day receiving gluten free meals. I don't expect to be able to eat everything but hopefully more than I was. I pretty much just slept all day aside from meals.


Breakfast was fish, some kimchi vegetables, salad, fruit, rice, juk (porridge), banana, egg, yogurt, and coffee. I ate the rice, fruit, salad, vegetables, banana, yogurt, and drank the coffee. I did try the fish, it was cold but good, and the juk just tasted like dirty water. No reaction.

Lunch was beef with sautéed vegetables, tofu, pineapple, garlic, kimchi, pickles, yellow pickled radish (my all time favorite, I love this stuff), rice, and Pepsi. I ate it all except the tofu, it was really soft, I prefer firm. No reaction.

how I felt seeing Pepsi in the bag!


Dinner was grape drink, mushrooms, lotus root, apple wedge, salad, radish kimchi, zucchini, rice, soup, more fish, and a snack cake. I ate the rice, radish, salad (the avocado was hard), apple, zucchini, and some of the fish. No reaction.




Day 4 (10/13): I skyped my mom while eating breakfast, took a nap, ate lunch, studied my Korean, ate dinner, and slept. I was still fairly jetlag.


Breakfast was juk, an orange, a banana, milk, eggs, fruit, potato wedges, salad, kimchi veg, and coffee. The juk still tasted like dirty water so I passed on that, but I ate the rest aside from the cold scrambled eggs and the milk. No reaction.

Lunch was duck, onions, rice, yellow pickled radish (YAY!), kimchi/veg, pickles, lotus root, salad, mandarin, grape drink, and crackers. I ate it all except for the crackers, lotus root, pickles, and grape drink. No reaction. After this I began not photographing the crackers/packaged snacks they gave because I could never eat them. I continued to receive various crackers and barley snacks. I did not throw them away, I saved them for friends.

Dinner was the first time I got sick. I got beef with veg, rice, radish kimchi, pickles, garlic, some weird yellow salad, orange wedge, some sticky red stuff, rice, spicy tofu soup, and orange drink. I believe the soup must have had soy sauce or a gochujang (red pepper paste) containing flour, because I did get sick from it. However.... it was super tasty! haha~ Other than the soup, I also ate the radish kimchi, orange wedge, garlic, beef with veg, rice, and drank the orange drink.




Day 5 (10/14): I had an ok day. Pretty achy from my reaction the night before, but other than that was feeling ok. I skyped my mom while eating breakfast, studied my korean, ate lunch, watched you tube and netflix, ate dinner, read some web comics, and slept.


current mood


Breakfast was... interesting. I got two things of edamame, salad, juk, fruit, yogurt, and an egg. I ate the salad, yogurt, egg, and fruit. Also what the heck, NO COFFEE!!!

However, I was not about to start my day with edamame, so I made some oatmeal I brought with me and cut the banana into it!