Happy Independence Day, America

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After sleeping in late, a sad looking lunch of kimchi, cabbage soup and rice, Kelly and I headed up the orange line to the Seodaemum Prison History Hall. Built in 1908, the prison was used to house patriots who fought against the Japanese invasion. In 1992, the site was opened to visitors as part of Independence Park. The museum was informative but I felt that the mannequins used took away some of the impact.

There wasn’t much to do in the area so we headed back to the hotel to change and catch the 4pm shuttle bus to Itaewon. This was our first time there during the day and I was pleasantly surprised. Although it is a “shopping area,” the shops are mostly things you can find in Myeongdong (Adidas, Nike, Crocs, Merrel, etc.
Tex Mex at Amigos!
) We were there for other reasons… to celebrate the 4th with other Americans (or Canadians, eh?).

After wondering through various shopping “arcades,” we were surprised to run into our graduate professor and his mom out shopping. Together we tried to grab a drink at the Hard Rock Café only to find out it was their “Rock Shop” and they didn’t serve food. A short car ride away, we made attempts at three additional before giving up and being dropped back off in Itaewon.

We quickly escaped the heat with cocktails at Helios. A bit overpriced but we did meet three Americans currently stationed here. Then we satisfied our craving for Tex-Mex at Amigos. Chips and queso followed by a split entrée of chicken fajitas, overpriced but worth it to satisfy the craving! Strolled around a bit more and ended up at Nashville Sports Bar. It was a bit smoky but had all the makings of an American sports bar, including darts and billiards. They also have a rooftop patio if you want to escape the smoke.
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Tex Mex at Amigos!
Tex Mex at Amigos!
photo by: chiyeh