With the weeks getting increasingly hectic, I am trying to slow down and breathe, pace myself and not get overwhelmed by everything that is happening. B.R.E.A.T.H.E
I thought I’ll write a little on my recent trip to Seoul. It was a short work trip, it was exciting because it was a decade ago since I last visited Seoul, but albeit tiring. It was my first week of training (for the half marathon) and I was dragging my as* out to the gym at 6am trying to clock in miles. It didn’t totally go on plan but proud to say, I did clock in 80% of the program. We were busy busy busy and I was half glad that shops closed late in Seoul and it allowed us to get some much desired retail therapy which relaxed our frazzled nerves.
I’ll share more food pictures later on – there were some great food but in general, Korean food isn’t my favorite. I do like some of the sides, mains but not a fan of the cold noodles and non-stop BBQ. I landed up with uh some stomach worms issues. But that aside, it was still very much enjoyable.
Seoul, is special. There’s a different vibe about it. I tend to compare it to Tokyo, which is quite unfair, and in all honesty, I do prefer Tokyo in terms of vibe and food BUT, there’s a lot of uniqueness to it. The streets are buzzing with activities late through the night, everywhere is busy busy busy. The Koreans are very hospitable if you know them, and they will go great lengths to make your stay as comfortable. However, I did notice that store staff aren’t as helpful and strangers tend to be ‘rough’. I had women grabbing stuff off my hands while shopping (I was totally shocked) and people pushing me aside because I was ‘blocking’ the rack they wanted to sift through and people do shove a little. But our colleagues were all so gracious and warm, it was hard to let those little incidences ruin the whole Seoul experience.
Shopping here is fabulous mostly for beauty products. Everything is so incredibly cheap, all the girls returned with bags of stuff for family and friends. I got hair masks, tomato whitening masks, facial mask, everything and anything. I love the array of clothes here but didn’t buy a lot – not enough time. Don’t expect cheap Bangkok prices, dresses aren’t even cheap. More on that later but seriously, if I re-visit Seoul, it will be mostly for shopping 😛
For my future reference and for those visiting Seoul, here’s a quick list of places to visit and more to follow soon..
I will be getting very busy juggling travels, work, packing and moving but don’t worry, there’ll still be stuff to read. And I’ve not forgotten about my fantastic Tokyo adventures which will follow in due time and also, the rest of Colorado and Seoul.
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