The first destination of our six week
tour of Asia. I love Korea! If you've never tried Korean food
before GO OUT AND GET SOME!!! Bolgolgi
beef is my most favorite food in the whole entire world! It's fab
tasty and smells soooooo good. BBQed at the table, it's so yummy...
Maybe I'll go to New Malden tomorrow and get some for tea. (New
Malden is basically Little Korea in England, it's fantastic! I love
going there, there's a large super market behind by the motor way and
a small one of the high street) We went all over Seoul, had two
tours, one through the old sections of Seoul and a traditional Korean
village, sort of like a theme park really, it had houses from all
eras in Korean history.
Then the second took us to the DMZ
(Demilitarized Zone) zone. We went down into one of the tunnels that
South Korea found, dug by the North Koreans. We also went up to a
platform where you can see North Korea. In the middle is a massive
wilderness that's filled with land mines so they say they'll leave it
as a nature preserve after the country reunites. At the time they
were very proud of a train station that they were hoping to open
soon. We got a tour of the interior and a stamp in our pass ports,
it was lovely. However, since then, they have had to postpone the
opening of the railroad that would have gone through both Koreas.
It's sad cause they were so happy about it.
Amethyst is the
national stone and they have the hardest amethyst in the world.
Small rest area at a park
the second hardest gemstone. We ended up in what they called an
amethyst Factory, so I sort of thought it would be looking at
precious gems... Instead I walked into a vault where Jim and I were
the only people and they had like 50 staff members... ten of whom
waited on us, showing us tray after tray of jewelry. I have to
admit, I love the stone... it's got a fleck of red in it rather than
the plane purple you see in other places. I walked out with a
ring... by the way, in the US amethyst isn't that much... um...
yea. So, anyway... We also took a sunset boat ride on the Hann
river, it was am amazing sunset, I loved it and took a million
photos. We had an amazing time and I want to go back again and again
and again! It was so much fun and there was so much to see.