Day 15 – Animal Cafes & Farewell

You know you’ve spent 15 days in Korea when you catch yourself singing Kpop songs while getting ready in the morning. And even worse–when you find yourself tempted to do the corresponding dance routines. Yikes. On our final day of Korea, we decided to visit a few of Korea’s notorious animal cafes. There are several…

Day 14 – Nami Island & Petite France

Today we took a little day trip outside of our (rather large) Seoul bubble to the beautiful Nami island, a half moon-shaped island surrounded by the northern Han River. This cute little green island, is a nature lover’s paradise. It has all sorts of tall beautiful trees and other unique greenery. Oh and another neat…

Day 13 – Food Comas & Evening Strolls

7:26 pm. The subway doors open, and we shove our way out. I break into a run, while Mom trails behind me. We hastily swipe our subway passes and run, following the arrows to exit six. 7:28 pm. My feet are starting to hurt from the constant pounding of my wedges against the hard floor….

Day 12 -Apgujeong-dong

Day 12. Wowza, only 3 days left here in the motherland… And on the twelfth day of Korea my true mom gave to me, a hair cut and a pear tree. Okay maybe not the pear tree part, but I did get my hair done in the morning! I wanted it colored all brown, and…

Day 11 – Trick Eye Museum & Bukchon Hanok Village

Today back in Seoul, we visited two main attractions: the Trick Eye Museum, a place to take photos of yourself in weird art illusions, and Bukchon Hanok Village, a real village which upholds old Korean tradition, in the middle of the city. Some of these photos from the museum didn’t quite nail the whole illusion…

Day 10 – Jeju Island: Part Two

Before I left, I told several of my friends that I was so unfamiliar with the Korean celebrities, that I could be in the presence of any famous actor or Kpop star and I would not even be aware. Well guess what. Exactly that happened at the end of day 10! But first, let me…

Day 9 – Jeju Island: Part One

Alright folks, day 9 was a full day here in Jeju Island, so I’m going to get right into it. We started off our morning at 7am to grab a quick breakfast at the hotel. There were these tiny oranges that were about the size of a spherical quarter. SO SMALL. They’re called kumquats and…

Day 8 – Jeju Island: Arrival

Here’s a confession: a nerdy pastime of mine is exploring google maps. I love to wander around the virtual world in satellite mode, search for small little islands in the seas, and zoom way in to see what lies inside. Before you judge me–try it! It’s so cool to explore a whole civilization living on…

Day 7 – Bogeunsa Temple & Olympic Park

안녕하세요–hello! It has officially been a week here in Korea. I can’t believe how much we have seen in these 7 days. Unreal. The jet lag is starting to subside, and we’re finally getting the hang of the subway system! Especially since this kind gentleman explained it all to us–he was white! WOW! We were…

Day 6 – Mural Village & Banpo Bridge

I think I’ll miss waking up everyday at 4:00 am. It makes my day feel so much longer! Anyways, every morning when it is far too early, we have resorted to watching this Korean show. It’s pretty entertaining, actually! So it goes like this: there are 6 people that sing onstage, except 2 of them…

Day 5 – Youth Towns & Paper Lanterns

It sure is a good thing I didn’t visit Korea during my Junior year of High School. Back then, I was visiting colleges, and my #1 requirement for a University was that it had to be pretty. I didn’t know any better, so if I had seen Ewha Women’s University any earlier, I would’ve been…

Korean Fashion

In America, our favorite types of beds are tanning beds. We plaster on Jergen’s tanning lotion like no other. Our foundation?–always one shade darker from pure beige to soft honey so we can achieve that “naturally-artificial” glow. We. Love. The. Sun. Here in Korea there is no “suns out, guns out” nor “suns out, buns out” it’s more…

Day 4 – Seoul Downtown

Want to read a novel? Yeah, didn’t think so. Well day 4 was jam-packed. I thought I had seen the extent of Seoul by exploring the streets…but boy was I wrong. THIS CITY IS AMAZING. It is full of so many variegated sites! To give you an idea– there were about 10 different bus tours…

Day 3 – Garosu-gil & Myeongdong

I woke up at 3am this morning. Oops. So I started off my extremely early day by watching Marley & Me. Yeah–bad idea, never do that. But the real events of the day consisted of window shopping through the famous Garosu-gil street and Myeongdong market. Garosugil street is famous for its “western” look. Of course,…

Day 2 – Exploring South Korea Streets

Okay so picture one of those mazes that Olive Garden would give you on your kid’s menu. Now blow it up–all the way up–to life-size, and add signs and directions in a different language…perhaps Korean. Well, there you have it! That is literally South Korea, folks. Or at least the Seoul/Gangnam part of South Korea. It…

Day 1 – Flight & Arrival

We made it! Mom and I are officially in South Korea. The motherland. The flight took about 13 hours, but went by–well–as quickly as a 13 hour flight could go by. We each had our own little screens in front of our seats and a wide selection of movies. I literally watched four movies (The Scorch…