It's been a couple of weeks since I'm back from South Korea. Life feels a little mundane here in Seattle compared to the 6 days I spent in South Korea. It was too short of a trip, but it was a sweet short trip that I think I needed, a nice change of pace from my ordinary daily routine.
During those 6 days, I was blessed with good companies, good food, and lots of laughter. I believe having a good company(ies) on a trip is a crucial factor in making or breaking your travel experience. In this case, I'm lucky enough to get to travel with my sister and a couple of my close friends who are pretty laid back and have similar interests, activities and places that we want to do or visit. It really made planning and travelling so much easier and less stressful.
We went to a good number of places (considering our short stay), ate various local Korean foods, shopping in different districts of Seoul, and got lost a couple of times. But hey, what is travel without getting a little lost right? I think that's the charm of exploring a new city :)
Finding good food is hardly a problem in Seoul. Food stalls and restaurants that open 'til late are everywhere. Everything that we ate taste pretty much delicious to me. They have a good range of selections of dishes. The only thing is, most of the menu is in Korean, so knowing how to read Hangul comes a little handy in this kind of situations. One thing I love about South Korea's sweet food is that they are not overtly sweet. It's just the right amount not to make you feel that you just ate a spoonful of sugar like most American sweet foods are.
During my stay, I did things that I haven't done for a long time. Take walking everywhere around the city and taking subways for example. I once reminded once again that there are so much more to see when you slow down in life. Even though everything is pretty much fast paced in Seoul, walking is still slower than driving around the city, which is what I pretty much do everyday here in Seattle. I saw so many interesting and intriguing things around me and become more aware of my surroundings. It almost feels like all my senses are woken up from a deep sleep. That week could well be the most I walk on foot in the past 2 years :p
Anyways, I'm going to start posting my travel stories from my South Korea trip in the next couple of days. Since there were quite a bit that we did and saw, I'm going to break it down into a couple of different posts. Plus, it'll give me time to sort through my images too (there LOTS of pictures from my camera that I need to go through still). So for this short intro, I'm going to to introduce my travel buddies on this trip (who you'll probably be seeing pictures on the upcoming posts):
South Korea is a place that I definitely want to go back to. I think most of us have 'Korea Withdrawal' after we got back from Seoul. There are still plenty too see and do in Seoul and outside Seoul. I feel like I just crossed out one item from my bucket list but then adding another one :)