Day 4 began wonderfully with our coffee and donuts in the hotel room while we bundled for the cold.
(This trip reminded me why I LOVE living on a subtropical island, by the way); it takes a REALLY long time to go anywhere when its cold!
It take me too long getting two kids out the door in normal weather!! Someone’s lost a shoe, or refuses to wear a coat or forgot to go to the bathroom, or starts throwing socks or suddenly has an incredibly stinky diaper…And that’s NOT when I have to layer them and include ridiculous accessories like hats and gloves!! Hats off to those moms who do it in cold weather
Anywho, we spent the morning touring the historic Bukchon Village. Bukchon is a neighborhood in the northern part of Seoul made up of traditional homes called “hanoks.” It is still mainly residential but there are tons of little shops and tea houses in the nooks and crannies! I would’ve stayed MUCH longer because it was adorable!
We then had a simple sandwich lunch with hot drinks at a coffee shop, tried some street shopping in Insadong but soon discovered Little G was asleep in his stroller and E was tired of walking in the cold. After a bit of indecisiveness, we headed back to the hotel.
Day 5: This was the LONGEST day! The shuttle to the airport left in the early morning, and the flight didn’t leave until late afternoon. So we spent like 7 hours in the Incheon International Airport. Which sounds absolutely horrible…but actually, it was kinda fun!
They have great food at the Incheon Airport, some cool crafts you can do with kids (that are absolutely free), museums and shopping!
And then, we stumbled upon THIS:
It’s a giant wall and floor of screens that show different parts of Seoul in the changing seasons. And the cool thing?? The floor screens are TOUCH SCREENS!!!
HOURS (I kid you not, THREE hours) of entertainment right here on the SECOND floor (before security) of the Incheon International Airport!
This was just delightful to watch. So much joy shared with total strangers.
I had to DRAG both of them away for lunch.
And after security, there is a TON of shopping (mostly duty free, high end stuff that we don’t ever look at) and then THIS happened!
And after finding our Gate and waiting for another hour…
We took the 3 hour flight back to sunny Okinawa!
Seoul was a hoot and I wish I could see it again when it wasn’t quite so chilly! But, there are SO many more places to see, here in Asia.
And I’m looking forward to another adventure with my travel buddies!
‘Til next time!