North to Daegu

Trip Start Jan 21, 2009
Trip End Feb 03, 2009

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday morning after a western and Korean style mixed breakfast we took the KTX (fast) train to Dongdaegu Station where Beth met us.  A good was so great to see her and be able to talk to her face to face and continue to do so.  After we left the train station we took a "jumbo taxi" to accomodate luggage to our hotel which is in the heart of East Daegu.  After checking in Beth took us on a tour of the area including her apartment and the local markets.  Her apartment is very small.......a bathroom, a small kitchen and 1 bedroom with a single size bed, but it works for her so that is good.  She is no more than 5 minutes from our hotel so it works out great, as well.  In the evening we met her boyfriend, Matt, and other friend, Dan, for dinner at a local Korean restaurant.  I'm not sure all we enjoyed, but the main attraction was galbi, which is meat that was cooked right at our table with many accompanying side dishes.  It was very good, but it took a little getting used to eating sitting on the floor.  After dinner we all came back up to our hotel room and visited and enjoyed homemade chocolate chip cookies and Korean coffee.  The 'youngins' devoured the cookies since they hadn't tasted anything similar for quite a while. 
On Saturday we took a walk and then a subway ride back to Dongdagu Station to purchase train tickets for Sunday as we are going to a historic park and also purchased our tickets to Changwon City for next Saturday.  Beth's Korean language and sense of direction have improved immensely as she was been communicating her way around the area both in talking and walking as well as finding which subway to go on, where to transfer, etc.  After lunch at Subway (I know, a little confusing) and a stop at a local book/music store we walked to Seoman Marketplace which is a traditional Korean market with rows and rows and rows of different items for sale.  Beth bought a beautiful set of bone china Korean dishes that she has been looking for.  We bartered for a good price which was fun:).
Saturday evening we were picked up by the music teacher, her son and boyfriend.  She is from the school, Dongchon Middle School, that Beth teaches at.  We rode to a very nice Korean restaurant and enjoyed galbi gim, which is similar to the other meat, but this is steamed, and cooked with pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots and mushrooms.  It was very delicious and quite enjoyable to visit with Beth's co-worker, son and boyfriend........very nice people and a enjoyable evening topped off by dessert at Baskin Robbins! 
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