05.15.2010 - 05.21.2010
Sorry for the long break between posting, but been away from internet access for the past few days visiting with extended family.
May 15: Went to Achasan with my parents. San = mountain. It wasn't a bad hike... we ended up taking the easier route. The view at the top was great. The little city shops below the mountain are neat, they sell a lot of hiking gear and food to take on the hike such as kimbap, hard boiled eggs, fruit, etc.
May 16: The next day went to go visit my aunt. Just some random photos. My mom said in certain areas of the city, you'll see rubber sidewalks that were made from recycled tires. She said it's primarily for the elderly and children in case they fall.
here's my aunt's funny looking shih tzu. he has a messed up jaw so his tongue always sticks out like that.
Later that night, since our gym was closed, my dad and I took a long stroll around the area.. Down the road from our apartment is the National Museum. I'll have to check this out sometime this week.
May 17: went with my mom to Namdaemoon to go to the outdoor market. They sell all kinds of random things. Clothes, food, houseware items, home decor, and little knick knacks
May 20: my cousin, Yoo-jung, took me around to look at historical places. We first went to a Buddhist temple at Jo-Gye-Sa since it was Buddha's birthday (it was actually May 21 since we're 13 hours ahead from the US). We then went and saw Gyeongbok Palace. For more info look here. http://www.lifeinkorea.com/travel2/seoul/66/ and we visited the National Folk Museum located next to the palace. I didn't take pics inside the temple because I thought that it may be disrespectful.
This past weekend I spent time with my aunt's family since my parent's had a vacation planned in the south coast. We went to a distant cousin's wedding and I met a lot of family that I don't recall ever meeting before. Like 3rd cousins and farther...
As far as food, I've been eating typical Korean foods, nang myeon, bulgogi, bimbimbap, kimbap, spicy stews, etc. The only bad experience I've had thus far is going to a raw fish restaurant with my aunt's family. Near the end of the meal my aunt ordered some octopus. I was cool with it, since I figured it was the cooked kind with the spicy sauce on it. Nope.. it was raw, which I also would have been fine with... IF IT WASN'T MOVING. Yea, it was chopped up in pieces and squirming around all over the plate. I grabbed one with my chopsticks and the suckers latched on. We were also drinking a lot of soju (korean liquor) so I ended up getting sick after eating a few and watching them move. Not a good experience... never again will I eat that. Tasty yes, but visually unappealing.
Ok that's it for now. My mom tells me we will be checking out the national museum tomorrow.