Friday...................Jetlag and another tourist bus

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View from 15th floor lift lobby

Wake up with alarm at 8 but decide to go back to sleep.  Eventually wake up around 2 pm.  About 4 pm I go downstairs and have a glass of wine and an Australian beefsteak sandwich.  Catch the tour bus which does a 2 hour circle of the city.  A bit disappointing as it doesn’t really give much information, well not as much as I would have liked.  I decide to stay on the bus for a while longer and after doing a circuit I get off near Changgyeonggung Palace, in an area with lots of little restaurants/stalls and shops.  Buy a pair of earrings for the princely sum of 1,000WON, AUD1.1.  Don’t find anything that appeals for eating.  Would like a glass of wine, but very hard to buy here.  Moreover a lot of the food at street stalls is fried eg there is something that looks like a whole lot of chips fried all together on a stick.

 

Some places close quite early eg 9 pm, so no food at all there.

Shoppers Dongdaemun
  Walk a long way again, then catch a cab to the hotel, less than 5,000WON, AUD5.50.  Taxis are cheap here.

 

Have room service, a lobster salad (very small) 19,000WON, AUD20.9 and fruit salad 10,000, AUD11 and wine 9,000WON, AUD9.90 a glass.  Everything is plus 10% tax.  I must say that I vastly prefer the Oz version where you know the cost up front.  Some countries are ridiculous the way they add the tax on afterwards; you have to be a mathematician.

 

Can’t find any tennis on tv but there’s Tyra Banks and other mind blowing trivia to enjoy.  Get to sleep around 1 am.

 

Trivia:  I changed rooms today because I had made a comment that the bed was very hard and was offered another room.  Apparently the hotel is in the process of getting new, softer beds as the tourists don't like the more traditional, harder beds.

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View from 15th floor lift lobby
View from 15th floor lift lobby
Shoppers Dongdaemun
Shoppers Dongdaemun
Hundreds, if not thousands of buil…
Hundreds, if not thousands of bui…
Typical night scene
Typical night scene
Plastic examples of food
Plastic examples of food
More plastic food.  Great idea but…
More plastic food. Great idea bu…
Bedroom number 2.  Has wide screen…
Bedroom number 2. Has wide scree…
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