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    It's All About Seoul

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Hello all! We've been home from South Korea almost two weeks, and mercy am I glad that visa drama is over.

    We had such a great time in Seoul. We saw many wonderful places and things. But you know how the saying goes: "There's no place like home."

    In the interest of keeping your attention and because there are so many pictures, I'm going to break up our trip into two entries. A "Day One" and "Day Two" retrospective, if you will.

    We're very fortunate that one of Husband's oldest friends has lived in South Korea for a few years. He even met his beautiful wife there! We were only going to be in Seoul for the weekend, so he was the perfect person to guide us through our two day stay.

    Thank you, J.R.! You gave us the perfect amount of places to go and see despite our limited time. We had a blast!

    Our trip to Seoul began before even the roosters were awake,

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    but there was a sense of anticipation in the air. The prospect of going to another country always stirs up excitement!

    We made our journey from home, to taxi, to the train with our baggage,

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    and arrived at the airport with enough time to secure ourselves on the plane and allow the wee one to get comfy.

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    He and Bugs look pretty relaxed, wouldn't you say?

    After a very short flight, we arrived at Incheon Airport in Seoul. Our little guy was completely wiped out.

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    He even slept all the way through our lunch at Kraze Burgers.

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    It was a seriously delicious burger dive right near the exit. The fare, which included chili cheese fries, was so reminiscent of home we joked that we'd be happy staying right there for the next two days.

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    We didn't, of course, but did it ever remind us of all the greasy and delicious food back home.

    It's the little things, right?

    Our family stayed at the Westin, and it couldn't have been a more perfect setting. One, the hotel was incredibly beautiful and the rooms very comfortable. Two, it was centrally located in Seoul, making it ideal for our sight-seeing.

    We were only going to be there for about 48 hours so we dropped our bags off, freshened up, and headed out. It was a little past one so we decided to stay close to the hotel. The destinations? Shinsegea Department Store and Namdaemun Market.

    One was a center that focused on only the most high-end of items, the other a street market that went on for miles in numerous directions.

    Sounds like fun right?

    We took a few pictures along the way-all courtesy of Husband-and this, friends, is a breathtaking fountain with Seoul, South Korea's Post Office in the background.

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    That is a post office.

    And these are pigeons-also know around here as rats with wings.

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    My hubby thought it would be hilarious to see my reaction when scanning through his pictures. Those nasty little buggers terrify me, and apparently he thought my suffering a mild heart attack would be real kick in the pants.

    Thanks, babe. Incredible!

    More incredible? The fact that we completely bypassed the ritzy and super posh Shinsegae and went straight for Namdaemun.

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    I guess we figured you've seen one department store you've seen them all, but local street markets?

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    That is where you're going to see unique items.

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    Foods, clothes, jewelry and other things found and made locally.

    This is where your real treasure hunt with your family can begin!

    Like most street markets, there were some seriously bad knock-offs and clothes that were major throw-backs to another decade.

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    But if you looked beyond those booths, you'd see the mini-culinary feasts.

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    You'd find sketchy looking alleyways that held numerous well-crafted and one-of-a- kind items.

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    You might see something that made you laugh and later wish you'd bought it,

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    find a clever sales person that will make you laugh even harder,

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    and you may get caught while sorting through a fabulous assortment of shirts-two for $5.00.

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    Oh, yes. I was completely and utterly busted.

    I also walked away with some really pretty nifty items!

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    We could have walked the alleys for hours-which we actually did-and still not see everything.

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    We felt like we'd checked off a "must-see", though, so there were no complaints. The fact that we were all exhausted also lured us back to the comfort of our rooms for the night.

    Day two was beckoning, and with it came donuts, Starbucks, and wandering the time-worn grounds of an ancient Palace.

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    Come back later this week for more of "It's All About Seoul". I can't wait to wrap our our fabulous little trip!

    3 Responses to “
    It's All About Seoul

    JR said...

    I am thrilled that you guys had a good time and that my suggestions worked out. Next time, I hope to be able to show you around in person and take you to some real unknown treasures out in the countryside.

    JMW said...

    Great photos - what a feast for the eyes! Your kids are so adorable - love the shot of little guy on the plane. And, the photo of you in the marketplace is too funny! Hope things are settling down a bit and that your daughter enjoys her new school.

    Elizabeth said...

    It looks like you had a great time. I have wanted to go to Seoul for a long time. We'll see if I ever make it back!