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Trip to Seoul!2018.11.15


Trip to Seoul!

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今日はSarah先生の日です。

Dear readers,
 
The autumn leaves are coming out and it looks very pretty outside! I hope you can take the time to find a nice colourful spot over the next few weeks.
 
Today I’m going to tell you about my recent trip to Korea!
 
As you might know already, I went to Seoul last week for four days. I was expecting cold weather, but in actuality the weather wasn’t too different to Japan except for the colder nights. It was very sunny and the autumn leaves gave the city a lovely yellow and red glow
 
I stayed in Myeongdong which is in the city centre north of the Han river. It was nice to be so central with easy access to different parts of the city!
 
Being in Seoul was great for me because I’m a fan of three major products of Korea: Korean cosmetics, Korean drama, and K-pop music. Every night before returning to the hotel, I bought a different face mask in Myeongdong to use that evening. My skin is great now! On top of that, I bought a lot of cheap but good quality skin care creams and some nice make up which came back to Japan in my suitcase.
 
The Korean drama fan highlight of my trip was getting to wear a hanbok (traditional Joseon style clothing). I went to Korea once before, but at that time I didn’t watch Korean drama and I didn’t know much about Korean history. This time, being in the palaces wearing a hanbok made me so happy! A lot of people were wearing them so I didn’t look out of place and felt very comfortable. Of course, I got a lot of good pictures from the palaces.
 
I didn’t do so many K-Pop related things, as I’m a kind of casual fan rather than a hardcore fan. However, I did pay a visit to the SM Town building in Gangnam, which was also a first time for me.
 
Last time I was in Korea, one thing I regretted was not going drinking. This time, I reasoned that drinking is such a big part of Korean culture that I had to try one night of drinking soju and eating junk food. I chose Hongdae as the destination for this venture. I’d never tried soju before so it was interesting. I’m not sure about the taste (I think I prefer wine and umeshu) but it was definitely easy to drink! My travel partner and I drank about one bottle each in a lively bar, and then went drunk shopping around Hongdae, where there are a lot of nice clothes shops. I love that the shops are open so late in Seoul!
 
Finally, it’s worth noting the food in Korea too. I really enjoyed trying different Korean desserts and street foods. (If I lived in Seoul I’d definitely gain weight fast.) Of course, as you may have read in my last blog, my no-meat diet made things slightly difficult in Seoul. In Japan there’s a lot more fish to eat, but it seems like Koreans are really in love with meat! So unfortunately I didn’t eat any Korean BBQ. But I did eat a lot of lovely stew, bibimbap and tteokbokki (tteokbokki is my favourite). I was able to handle the spice level everywhere I went, thankfully! But my companion sweated a lot while eating.
 
There were some things about Korea that I didn’t like so much too, for example, the grumpy customer service at many stores and the higher pollution levels. But all in all it was a great trip and I had lots of fun! If you’d like to ask me anything about my time in Seoul, as always don’t hesitate to ask!
 
Kamsahamnida for reading,
 
Sarah
 

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