Old friends, old places

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Myeongdong Intersection

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.

Lots of motorbikes in Korea
I was becoming a bit more accustomed to the heat and humidity, but the sun was shining brightly and, after a few minutes outside, I started sweating. I'm always impressed at how Koreans seem to manage the heat. I know that I'm cold blooded, being from a dry/cold climate, but they almost never seem uncomfortable. A/C is used sparingly, and yet I almost never see anyone sweating. It doesn't matter what time of year, or where I am, I'm almost always sweating in Korea.

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.
Police were out in full force
Afterward we went to Red Mango to get some frozen yogurt. Red Mango is a Korean invention that has caught on internationally. The yogurt is much healthier than regular ice cream, and in my opinion, much more delicious. After an hour or so of chatting, we decided to brave the heat and walk around Gangnam.

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.
Namsan tower
We had decided ahead of time to go to our favorite Jjim-Dalk restaurant. Jjim-Dalk is a delicious chicken dish that reminds me of a spicy pot-roast. Its slow-cooked for hours, and all the vegetables and chicken practically melt in your mouth. If you are ever visiting Korea, its a great dish for foreigners to eat as it has many similarities to western food. Just beware that it can be pretty spicy!

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!

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Myeongdong Intersection
Myeongdong Intersection
Lots of motorbikes in Korea
Lots of motorbikes in Korea
Police were out in full force
Police were out in full force
Namsan tower
Namsan tower
Beware of the police!
Beware of the police!
Myeongdong side street
Myeongdong side street
Australian delegate (there was a h…
Australian delegate (there was a …
Bus stop in Myeongdong
Bus stop in Myeongdong
Crossing the Han
Crossing the Han
Gyobo Tower bus stop
Gyobo Tower bus stop
Gangnam, Gyobo Tower in the backgr…
Gangnam, Gyobo Tower in the backg…
Tall buildings in Gangnam
Tall buildings in Gangnam
More Gangnam
More Gangnam
Interesting style
Interesting style
Krispy Kreme!
Krispy Kreme!
Koreans love to create imitations …
Koreans love to create imitations…
Coffee Bean
Coffee Bean
Foreign brands in Seoul
Foreign brands in Seoul
Korean imitation
Korean imitation
Gangnam station
Gangnam station
Sushi :)
Sushi :)
Enjoying my sushi
Enjoying my sushi
Yum!
Yum!
Jeongmin had noodles
Jeongmin had noodles
Red Mango, delicious yoghurt. Perf…
Red Mango, delicious yoghurt. Per…
Gangnam side streets
Gangnam side streets
Peace!
Peace!
I couldnt resist
I couldn't resist
Konglish
Konglish
Is it a guy?
Is it a guy?
Cool building in Gangnam
Cool building in Gangnam
More tall buildings
More tall buildings
Shops occupy all floors in Korea, …
Shops occupy all floors in Korea,…
Enjoying some Asahi
Enjoying some Asahi
Delicious
Delicious
Busy streets of Gangnam
Busy streets of Gangnam
Park Chu Young! (Look closely you …
Park Chu Young! (Look closely you…
Weve what?
We've what?
My favorite, Park Ji Sung
My favorite, Park Ji Sung
Love the LCD screens
Love the LCD screens
Gangnam sunset
Gangnam sunset
Solteu!
Solteu!
Cool building (Lots of new buildin…
Cool building (Lots of new buildi…
I think they meant Jack and Coke
I think they meant Jack and Coke
Go Korea!
Go Korea!
Namsan tower at night
Namsan tower at night
Another try, still blurry though :(
Another try, still blurry though :(
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photo by: chiyeh