Exploring Seoul! Day 7
Going home.. :/

Went back to Bonguensa to share with K! Epic photo by him here..
Went back to Bonguensa to share with K! Epic photo by him here..
Lunch in Gangnam: caught one last meal -black pork at a restaurant just around the corner from Bonguensa, across the street from Coex Mall! They gave us stone bowls with rice for an indeterminate reason, which turned out to be: pour boiling water and scrape out the rice on the bottom. I am not sure why this was standard, as I did not find it more tasty..maybe we were doing it wrong?
Lunch in Gangnam: caught one last meal -black pork at a restaurant just around the corner from Bonguensa, across the street from Coex Mall! They gave us stone bowls with rice for an indeterminate reason, which turned out to be: pour boiling water and scrape out the rice on the bottom. I am not sure why this was standard, as I did not find it more tasty..maybe we were doing it wrong?

Lunch close-up: about 2 minutes after this picture the waitress told me I was Not supposed to eat out of those bowl. Go figure. I heart banchan (side dishes), I will miss you, little dishes!

See: article on black pork. Special thanks to Elise for the last minute restaurant recommendation!

Off to the airport! I was nauseous, light-headed and had a tightness in the chest the whole bus ride there, not sure if we undercooked that black pork or what.
Off to the airport! I was nauseous, light-headed and had a tightness in the chest the whole bus ride there, not sure if we under cooked that black pork or what.
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Incheon airport had a live orchestra this day, classy…
Drat, we missed the auditions to become K-Pop stars!
Drat, we missed the auditions to become K-Pop stars!
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Bibimbap meal on Korean Air: not bad once you get everything mixed together. Also: a side of polite service doesn’t hurt at all.

Tips @ICN (the airport):

-The bookstores sell stamps for cash, and if you need to mail something the info booths will mail it for you.

-No high flyin’ lounge pass but need a break (or a children’s playground, or space to feed your baby)? Follow the signs to Rest & Relax upstairs! You won’t regret it.

 

Are you feeling some post-vacation blues?

I saw this well-timed article from Refinery29 on How To Deal With The Post-Vacation Blues. Despite my irritation with slide shows in online articles, I read through it. Pretty validating to see that I’ve done quite a few of them, like exercising, and trying (trying) to get back on a normal sleep schedule.

What do you do, post-vacation, to get back in the groove?

Post below in the comments!

 

Bucket List for Next time in Seoul (some day..):

Shop @ Dongdaemun to start with, maybe get a cutting edge jacket

Spa day at Dragon Hill Spa

Go for a tea tasting and drink tons more tea

Visit the fish market on the first day in town (you’ll be jetlagged anyway), early in the morning.

Eat more food: bbq beef, hoddeok, random street food

Buy Seoul subway souvenirs

Fun and random tips for travelers to Seoul:

To be polite, give and receive money with both hands (or touch one arm as you extend the other).

If you go shopping for women’s clothes, they might give you a little piece of tissue paper. It’s for your filthy face! Use it to protect the clothes you try on from getting make up on it.

Is there more you were hoping to hear about my adventures in Seoul?

Post your questions below!

Thanks for reading!


Pocket language guide from the hotel, clever! Did I mention they had free wifi at this ritzy hotel? It was awesome.
Pocket language guide from the hotel, clever! Did I mention they had free wifi at this ritzy hotel? It was awesome.

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