It’s been a while since the last update. Sorry. We’ve been really busy. Saturday we went to Insa-dong in the early afternoon to do some “eye shopping” as Koreans call it (window shopping) and we just happened to stumble upon a traditional Korean display with percussion performances and a tight rope act. It was neat to see something like that so unexpectedly. After checking out the things in the neighborhood we took the metro to Ichon station to visit the National Museum. On Sundays, it’s open until 9pm and admission is, as always, free, so it was a good time to visit. True, I was getting a bit hungry and cranky towards the end of our museum trip, but I don’t think I was too unbearable. That night we came back home and visited a nice chicken/duck restaurant in my area. One of the ladies that owns it has taken a liking to me. They’re super nice there and the food is good (hot thought). The lady cracks me up. She’s the typical short Korean lady in her 60s, sorta rough around the edges, and doesn’t speak English. We make quite a pair.
On Sunday, we took it easy. I think my QM (Quebec mom) was starting to feel tired from our intense visiting, so after a little walk in my area she decided to sit out my coworker’s wedding. The wedding was crazy. I’ll write about it next week. It was quite an experience. That was my Sunday.
Monday started early. At 5:30am to be exact. We got up so early because on Monday, we were going to Seorak san; a national park on the east coast of Korea. From the Suwon bus terminal, it took 3h15 to get to Sokcho and then a 20 minute bus ride to reach the park’s entrance. Here’s some advice; if you go to Soerak san, make sure to bring bus money (1000won) since they don’t take the T-Money cards there. We hiked a short trail up a rocky cliff since we were short on time, but it was great. The sky was clear and it wasn’t too cold, granted it was windy up on the summit, but a beautiful day still. After the hike, we headed to the bus terminal to catch our ride home, but the last bus from Sokcho to Suwon left at 5:20, I think, so we took a bus to Anyang. There was a Seoul express at 6, but I figured it would be faster to take to Anyang and cut our metro time by 40 minutes. I’m not sure if I was right, but we eventually made it home.
Tuesday was a bit slower and more relaxed. We met my school principal with my boss for lunch and then we hit up Namdaemun for souvenir shopping. If you’re even in Seoul, I recommend you check that place out. It’s a market with everything from knockoff clothes to massive kitchy bronze horse sculptures. It’s pretty phenomenal. While shopping around, I made the life decision to buy the biggest, cheapest, kitchiest gifts for my friends’ impending weddings. I’m talking big pastel painting of a horse kitchy. It’ll rule.
Finally, today we wrapped the trip up nicely with a stroll around the entire Hwaseong fortress. It takes about 1h40 at a nice pace and it’s really beautiful. You can start and finish at Paldalnum, buses 11, 13, 36 and 39 leave from Suwon Station and go there. If you live in Suwon, there’s no reason you haven’t have tried this walk.
And that’s what the week that was.