Old friends, old places
Seoul Travel Blog› entry 4 of 25 › view all entries
People who made my travels more enjoyable: Jeong-min (Korea), Joowon (Korea), Liz (Korea)
I managed to wake up around 8am (sleeping in I know). Maybe somewhere in my subconscious I knew there wasn't a football match being played so I was able to continue sleeping :). I got dressed and went downstairs after a bit and enjoyed the free breakfast that the hotel offered. Strangely, the breakfast was only offered, Sat - Mon... Everything was a bit undercooked, but I wasn't about to complain about a free "western style" breakfast in Korea. Typically, all western style food costs 3 to 5 times as much as the local fare. If you want to eat western style eggs at a restaurant, you'll pay more for one plate than you would for a dozen eggs at the grocery store.
The day was already heating up, so I knew I would have to dress as coolly as possible.
I took the bus from Myeongdong, to Gangnam where I met up with Jeong-min. We couldn't decide on any Korean food, so we ended up going to a place called Roll (or Loll). Similar to a American sushi restaurant, the maki is heavy on sauce and rice, light on fish. Still it was good, and I washed my meal down with a refreshing draft beer.
Gangnam has an interesting history. Not that long ago, the south side of the Han river was mostly farmland. However, once Seoul began to expand, the obvious place was South. Gangnam offers wide boulevards (10 lanes in most places) and many tall buildings. It feels a bit like New York! I was impressed to see all the construction, again it seems that Korea is doing much better economically, than the US.
After walking around for awhile, I said goodbye to Jeong-min and went to go meet up with Joowon.
After dinner we spent the rest of the evening at an establishment called Wa Bar. Wa Bar offers a selection of bottled beers from around the world. I had a Leffe (Belgium) and the original Budweiser (Czech Republic). We chatted away, and eventually we were joined by Liz. Once the conversation died down, I took the bus back to Myeongdong.
The day hadn't been super eventful, but it was fantastic to catch up with old friends!