our favorite Korean king, Sejong!
he invented the written Korean language (one of the easiest written languages to learn). his face is on the money. he’s what you call a big deal.

our favorite Korean king, Sejong!

he invented the written Korean language (one of the easiest written languages to learn). his face is on the money. he’s what you call a big deal.

Selfie Level: Expert

koreans have mastered the art of the selfie. i have never seen so many selfies taken before in my life.  i could dedicate an entire blog to “pictures of people taking selfies” lol

Tags: Korea selfie

at cherry blossom central (aka around the national assembly building) there were several street performances. these guys had streamers attached to their hats. so when they danced they shook their heads the streamers started to dance too.

at cherry blossom central (aka around the national assembly building) there were several street performances. these guys had streamers attached to their hats. so when they danced they shook their heads the streamers started to dance too.

finally doing something productive with our Sunday. we went to view the cherry blossoms along with a couple million other people in Seoul.  

finally doing something productive with our Sunday. we went to view the cherry blossoms along with a couple million other people in Seoul.  

We went to look at the flurs today. 

I caught a petal and gave it to Jordan. “For you.” And what does he do? He eats it…

We went to look at the flurs today.

I caught a petal and gave it to Jordan. “For you.” And what does he do? He eats it…

Today we went to dinner with a couple of our Korean co workers. We got a bunch of raw fish (회 hwae) and a bunch of different side dishes.

Most of it was awesome but somethings (like the silkworm things) kinda freaked me out. Our Korean coworkers told us “they have a lot of protein.” So I ate a silkworm. It was kinda bitter and exploded/popped when I bit into it. Never again.

Found this gem in the convenience store today. Silkworms and spam…I don’t know which is more appetizing.

Found this gem in the convenience store today. Silkworms and spam…I don’t know which is more appetizing.

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Foreigners Camping in Itaewon

Last night we adventured out to the foreigner district in Seoul. Being in the middle of the foreigner district we assumed everywhere would be used to seeing and dealing with foreigners. Turns out thats not the case.

Because we like food and aren’t bound by traditional standards of having only one meal a night we ventured out in search of food multiple times. First, we ate a Kabab which was simply delicious. Then several hours later we decide to hunt down another meal. At this point its pretty late (or early depending on how you look at it) so its hard to find anywhere still serving food.

After several failed attempts we find a Korean BBQ place. You have to walk up some crazy small, curvy stairs just to get into the place. When we walk in the women looks nervous but I ask if we’re able to eat (in my awkward, accented Korean). She looks relieved and rattles off a string of Korean. I manage to catch some of it and I’m able to successfully order us food and beer. I’m pretty sure she tells us that we will sit upstairs on the terrace but we get sat down in the main lobby.

Turns out I did hear correctly and we get ushered upstairs. These stairs are even smaller than the first set and it’s entertaining to watch Jordan squeeze up. We pop up and we’re in a campsite. We sit in comfy folding chairs. There is a large canvas tent. We sip our drinks out of tins cups (every Korean hikes with a tin cup clipped on to their daypack). It was a great surprise.

As we cook our food the waiter casually takes a picture of us. At some point the original woman who sat us comes over and briefly explains to us how to correctly eat all of the food. She explains that they don’t get many foreigners. Yeah…we figured that out when the waiter took a picture of us. Later the same waiter asks for another picture of us. (The first one must not have turned out.) It was so strange. We are in the heart of the foreign district in Seoul. We can hear and see foreigners from our table.

On a side note: I want to emphasize how dangerous and crazy these stairs were. At the table next to us was a group of girls. One of the girls eats up the stairs (granted she is wearing impossibly high heels and has probably had too much soju). They get the first aid box, pull the tent closed, and make the one boyfriend stand outside and hold the tent closed. After about 10 minutes the let the boy back in. But the mood has dampened and they leave shortly afterwards. Which was also entertaining because now all the girls, still in crazy heels, are nervous about walking down the stairs.

Overall, it was a little pricey but it was delicious and well worth it for the experience of camping in the city.

p.s. we later ate at taco bell. Fifth meal? First breakfast?

We went to dinner and ordered “mixed beef.” Which isn’t as sketchy as it sounds. But we got several weird pieces of fat. We had no idea if we should eat it so we messaged some Korean friends and got one “sure” and one “no.” We ate a piece and it was a little weird so we left the rest…

We went to dinner and ordered “mixed beef.” Which isn’t as sketchy as it sounds. But we got several weird pieces of fat. We had no idea if we should eat it so we messaged some Korean friends and got one “sure” and one “no.” We ate a piece and it was a little weird so we left the rest…

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