søndag den 7. oktober 2018

The first 24 hours in Seoul

It’s been 24 hours since I came and what 24 hours! Yesterday I was super nauseated and had a headache all night. But then it is nice to be greeted by a friendly heated toilet with blue light in the bowl:
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And I had my very first exotic Korean cuisine encounter. With some sprouted beans...... with eyes.....😳 turns out the beans were not sprouted but covered in super tiny little fish! And for a fish hater like me that was not a pleasant experience!
I was (of course) up super early, but since I slept from 8:15PM til around 4:45AM including a short wake up where I took some melatonin I haven’t been too tired today. I got some work done while waiting for the breakfast to open, and then I went downtown by train. It was a nice walk to get to the station:
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First stop was the river walk (Cheonggyecheon-to) which was indeed a true oasis:
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Next stop was waiting for Starbucks to open as I really wanted to get that avocado smoothie that is only available in Korea. It turned out they were completely sold out, and I felt kind of stupid walking around Seoul with a regular Starbucks cup looking like one of these American tourists who don’t dare trying anything local.
I walked out to the royal palace where I booked a tour of the secret garden:
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It was only available as a guided tour and I have to admit that I was not super impressed. It is very very beautiful but the guide was a bit boring and the tour didn’t have to last 1 1/2 hours in my opinion. But she did tell some fun stories about the royal families of the past.
After a lot of walking I went Myeongdong- the shopping district where they have all the K-beauty products, as I have promised Teresa to bring some home. And I actually got a lot - like a bubble tea face mask where you have to smush the pearls before applying the mask. Just up her alley...... I hope.....
I also had lunch at Myeong Kyoja. They only have 4 things on the menu and the line was super long, but the noodles were SO good!
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There was also icecream a little further down the block:
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And now I am resting my sore feet and having a caffeine break at a cat cafe in the company of some fat cats who will do any trick to steal peoples drinks (and where they play the Korean version of despacito)
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Time to go back to the hotel and prepare for the conference which starts tonight.

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