Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Day 42: Made a to-do list

Hello world,

It's the 2nd day of our 추석연휴 (Chuseok holidays) and of course we spent our time to the fullest! we did absolutely nothing all day.
Celine enjoyed it but I felt extremely guilty. Now that there are no classes, I feel like I should be out exploring and not wasting my time inside the dorm. Today I was slightly guilty of that... but worry not! I'm trying my best to fill up my schedule before school starts again!

Yesterday Cori told me how she'd looked up interesting things to do while in Korea and that that was how she'd found out about Seoullo 7017.
So today I was at least a tiny bit productive once I sat down and started actively looking up things to do in, mainly, Seoul.

Like I must have mentioned so many times already, I really want to make the most out of my time here. The thing is just that there are so many things to do here that it's almost overwhelming to decide on something to do sometimes. So from today, I'm going to add to that list every time I see or hear of anything interesting and then pick out something from that list on days I feel like going on adventures but at the same time have no idea of what to do.

In the evening, I was supposed to have gone to another one of Lloyd's English meetings and this time I'd invited Cori. It turned out it had been cancelled due to Chuseok, though, we we decided to just meet up for food. At least Celine wanted to join that ^^;

"I'd have to eat anyways," she said.

So we met up and went out. We'd originally planned on eating shabu shabu but seeing as these days are holidays, soooo many places are closed, including the shabu shabu place we'd thought of.
We ended up finding a nice Japanese restaurant in downtown Sinchon instead!

Today I wanted to try something I'd never eaten before and ordered the 오뎅우동 (odeng udong = fish cake noodles). On the side I had a sweet tasting potato patty and a triangle with rice inside. I apologize for not knowing the real, fancy names of these.
The restaurant was really nice. It felt pretty authentic.
Oh and they were playing this song called 지구가 태양을 네번 by NELL!
I love this song so much. The night before going to Korea for the very first time back in 2015, I discovered this song. I listened to it so much around that time and 'forgot' about it later.
Last night it popped up in my head again but it wasn't before today that I listened to it again.. and then they played it in the restaurant! That was the first time I'd ever heard it being played anywhere and it was such a happy coincidence for me.

Tomorrow night Celine and I are going to watch a movie with 순리 and during the day Cori and I have planned a trip to the COEX mall and Bongeunsa Temple in Gangnam. Let's see if Celine feels like joining~

Monday, October 2, 2017

Day 41: Seoullo 7017

This morning Cori, our American friend from KLI lvl 3, messaged us, asking if we wanted to join her going to 서울로 7017 (Seoullo 7017) after her class ended today. For some reason, her teacher hadn't cancelled class like every one else even though these days are 추석연휴 (Chuseok holidays).

"What is Seoullo 7017?" you might wonder.

Seoullo 7017 started out in the 70's as an elevated road built to connect the two sides around Seoul station. It was closed off to traffic and was instead turned into a pedestrian walking experience.
There's an artistic computer-made video about it here.

We got off the subway at Seoul station and went up the spiral stairs shown in the 3rd picture.
Oh yea, here's Cori! I don't think I've shown pictures of her before.

Once up the stairs, we were there! The construction stretches pretty far and you can get up there from several points.
It was so bright! My eyes aaaaaa
The place was full of plants. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be when everything is in bloom. It's technically fall here so some of the plants weren't as lively as they could be.
There are solar driven light poles that supposedly light up blue during the evenings. I wished we could have seen it but tonight we had other plans.
It was great smelling the flowers. Sometimes you need to stop and enjoy the small things.
There's a scene here where people can perform. Sadly, there was no one playing while we were there.
I recognized this plant!
I told Cori and Celine how us kids on my street would usually eat the fruits/berries from this plant (after, of course, removing the itching powder part inside).
Celine had never eaten them (I thought everyone had) but she instead told us how some boys in her class put the powder down another boy's shirt and how he itched for a long time afterwards.
I liked this sign.
One part of the road was filled with flowers like these.
Ah this kid! There were a couple of these glass holes where you could look down. This kid crawled into the middle on the biggest one and his parents were standing on the side, asking him to come over to them because they were too afraid to go and get him. They were laughing and pleading to him and it was really cute to watch.
And there were trampolines for the kids!
There was a really great view from up there.
Another looking hole! I saw a car pass by under me right after taking this picture.
The round place here was a small café and upstairs was a lookout post. Outside the café was a paddling pool.
I had to have picture from on top of the café ~

Cori and I were hungry so we all went into Seoullo Terrace to look for food. It seemed a bit pricey though so we took the subway back to Sinchon.

In Sinchon we went into another one of the three small restaurants that Wonjun had showed us some time ago.
After eating, Celine asked if we felt like dessert or something to drink. Of course. I always feel like eating dessert.

Tonight we were going to eat with Sulli (순리), the guy we met at the flower market, and a friend of his. Since we didn't have to go back to the dorm before that and Cori had no plans, we just sat down at the terrace at Holly's Coffee and enjoyed the view.
I got a piece of this suuuuper dark-chocolate-tasting cake.
The sun went down as we were sitting there~

We met Sulli (순리) and his friend at the station. You couldn't have a better mix. Sulli is a traditional music major and his friend, whose name I forgot, is into hiphop and rap and told us he was going to record his album tomorrow.

The friend, let's call him 'rapper friend,' bowed deeply several times when we first met them and later gave us both a present when we sat down to eat chicken.
Sulli (순리) to the left and his rapper friend to the right!
They were super nice to talk to! Our conversation was a great mix of Korean and English.
The rapper friend's present to us! We both got a pair of socks and a bookmark.
I don't know what it is with Koreans and random presents the first time they meet people but.. these are super cute hahah.
After eating, the rapper friend went home. He was going to record early the next day, which was also the reason he didn't join us for beer during dinner.
Sulli took us to an old, underground place that even a lot of Koreans didn't know about. He told us that the owner had spent 35 years collecting all the LPs on display behind the bar. The music played there were these LPs and it was just a taaaaaaaad too loud. We were practically shouting to each other in Korean/English.
Celine and Sulli bonded over their love for One Piece and we all decided to go for a movie Wednesday night after his working shift was over.

I went to bed with a killer headache that night because of the music. I believe Celine did the same. Holy cow.
But nice place!
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