Adventures in South Korea
Day 2: We grabbed to-go coffees in the lobby café and hit Seoul on foot at 8 am. Somewhere between then and my 28,000th step, we visited Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul Tower, and the Myeong Dong market district. Traveling with Blaise is different than what I’m used to. He’s into fashion and photography, so we stop often to adjust apertures or peruse luxury malls. He could care less about food, and well, that’s sorta my thing. Today, I was patient during the shopping parts, and Blaise sat quietly while I consumed spicy fish roe soup and the literally 6 side dishes that appeared before I even ordered. It’s 6:30 and we’re napping now (Well, Blaise is napping, and I *should* be). We’re planning to subway into Itaewon later for the whole scene. Blaise says the clubs are open all night, but I’ll be happy with some street dumplings and maybe a waffle.
Day 6: At 8 am, Blaise and I took a taxi to Wolmyeong Park, the Gunsanian version of Valley Forge, except without the Revolutionary War stuff, obviously. We hiked many steep and sloping miles. The Senior Korean Men’s Walking Club (not official) was ahead of us, lively in conversation. I thought we might pass them, but those buggers left us in their dust. We grabbed breakfast at a convenience store, and lunch at Blaise’s favorite Japanese jawn. Back at the hotel, I needed to say goodbye. Blaise was meeting his girlfriend (a nice German/Italian grad student) at the bus station, which was his way of saying, “It’s time, Mother.” I hugged and kissed him more than necessary, but I’m proud to say, I didn’t cry. After he left, I took another hike, because that’s what I do. It was different without Blaise, but also familiar. I would do more in Gunsan tonight, except it’s incredibly cold and windy. There’s a gaggle of loud, drunk businessmen staying on my floor. I keep looking out my peephole to catch a glimpse of their antics. That, along with Netflix, should keep me entertained until morning. I really don’t miss Blaise at all…
Next Up: Jamaica!