Gah, I’ve reverted to my days of yore when I would write a post every three months! I’ve been spending much more time taking care of myself…which I’ve realized lately is VERY important for me (as I have not done a very good job of it since becoming a mom).
BUT anyway…better late than never, right? Here are our adventures in South Korea!
For Thanksgiving this year (or rather, last year since it is now February already) Adam wanted to go somewhere cold. So we bundled up our family of four and headed north to Seoul, South Korea! And success: it WAS cold!! Here is our journey to and full first day in Seoul!
We arrived at the Incheon Airport in Seoul and caught a shuttle to our (on base) hotel a few hours later. But we were waiting with the same friends who were also staying at the same hotel so time flew by pretty quickly.
We stayed at the Dragon Hill Lodge on the Yongsan Army base in Seoul and it was lovely! It has several restaurants and cafes inside and that is one thing we ALWAYS struggle with while traveling: WHERE TO EAT when we are tired!! Also, the age-old dilemma of local coffee shops not opening until 8am, but your kids are up around 6am and you DESPERATELY need coffee…So it was awesome to have coffee and donuts or muffins every morning in our room while we got ready for the day!
After our carbalicious breakfast, we took a VERY short walk to our first Seoul sight: The Korean War Museum. I’m not kidding, it’s literally across the street from the base. AND, it’s FREE!! woohoo!
And my favorite part of the War Museum was the Children’s museum! They run a whole program (in Korean) every hour or so (again, totally free!). My kids couldn’t understand a word, but they didn’t seem to care! They just loved walking around with the group from station to station, making things and trying to figure out what to do. It’s actually awesome just to watch your kids learning social queues and directions without having any verbal back up!
It was wonderful for the kids to get to play somewhere warm for an hour or so after walking around the museum quietly. It got wiggles out and made them hungry for lunch!
We walked only about a half mile up the hill to Itaewon to scrounge up some lunch. Itaewon is known as the international food district of Seoul and it’s so close to base! We found a place called Vatos Urban Tacos and had a delightful taco lunch while Little G slept in the stroller.
The waiter like E so much that he gave her a free drink…we teased her and said that she was a big girl now that a boy bought her a drink!! Boy, did that make her giggle!
While walking away from lunch, it started SNOWING huge flakes!!
We walked back to the hotel to take more picturesque snow shots…but it totally stopped by the time we reached the hotel. So we ended up relaxing instead, exploring the hotel, buying necessities at the shoppette, and eating dinner there.
Next up: Day 3 (Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Square plus chicken soup with an ENTIRE chicken to dissect and some delightful South African pub food)