I woke up early to head to Lotte Hotel for the bus trip to the DMZ. On the way to the DMZ, I made a new friend with passenger seated beside me. He is actually an English teacher from London bringing his visiting parents to the DMZ.
Like me, they missed out on the full package as they did not know that a five day advance booking is needed to visit Freedom House. Incidentally, that day it was his father's birthday. He is a Sunderland fan, so we talked about football through parts of the journey.