Week 7-8 blog entry, sight-seeing, 5 nights

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End May 30, 2008

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Seoul seems like a blur, after only a week in Vietnam. I barely can remember how we spent our time there, but let me try:

We spent quite some time walking around the city, visiting the different king`s palaces and such. On our first day we involutarely arrived at one of them right when the changing of guards occured. Well, it`s kinda cool seeing that, but it just happens for the tourists (with explanations being read through huge loudspeakers in three different languages). In the vicinity of our hotel we also found a quite big market, where you could buy everything from clothes to food. I used this opportunity to buy me a beanie, since I was freezing my ears off in that weather. In the evening it actually started to snow, which wasn`t to our liking, but at least it didn`t held up the next day. To stay warm, the next day we visited the Lotte World Adventure & Shopping Mall. Somehow they`ve managed to build a whole amusement park inside the mall, as well as an icerink, numerous restaurants and a shopping mall. We went bowling (I was played pretty strong, but the computer fucked up so I don`t know my final score), played air-hockey in the arcade and had a good lunch at TGI Friday`s. The third day consisted of walking around the main tourist quarter (next to a US army garrison), but since we can`t buy much right now, it was quite a short trip. Afterwards though we walked along the Han river for about 2 hours, trying to get to Korea`s highest building, the 63City tower. Again, they had all kinds of things in that building, like an aquarium and an IMAX theather, and I treated myself to a mediocre film at the latter. In the evening we went out to dinner with a friend of Nora, Ivan, and his korean girlfriend. That was cool, cause we got a chance to eat traditional korean food. It was something like hot-dogs or burgers, but more healty. You had a few different leaves, onto to which you`d put vegetables (cabbage and such), as well as beef or pork meat strips (which we grilled on coals in the middle of your table). Then you would add some sauces, fold all this together and try to stuff it into your mouth (without the package coming apart and/or you looking too clumsy). The food was delicious and we just thought how unfortunate, that you can`t really order this type of dishes yourself, because they seldom have menus in English and you don`t know the korean translations. On our last day I went to visit a few palaces by myself (nothing out of the ordinary, the palaces), we went to the market one more time and to the post office, to send home some things we wouldn`t be needing during the rest of our trip.

Financial statistics South Korea: Raffi 44.59e/day, Nora 33.22e/day; not included are planetickets to Hanoi (340e/pers).
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