So I'm going to keep on bloggin about my trip until you're all nice and caught up. Then I'll do a couple commentary-type posts. Here's the rest of the day after we saw Gyeongbok Palace.
We left the palace and got back on the subway. A couple stops later we got off at Chung Lo. This was the only place I really saw a lot of street vendors. I wanted to try some, but Hisung said, "no junk food." hahaha! Ok, so I just looked at the delicious looking fried and slathered yummies, and took a couple pics as we walked along.We walked around there for a while, trying to get pictures while walking, and without being too annoying. It would have been better if I had a longer zoom, so I wouldn't have to get up in people's faces to take pictures. That will be the next lens I buy for sure. Also, we were walking walking walking, and it's hard to get good pictures without stopping. So many of my pictures on the trip were taken in a hurry, because we had so many places to go and things to see. I think if I go back, I will have more time to stop and enjoy things without having such a whirlwind. Maybe then I'll get better pictures. I still have yet to edit these pictures, but I don't feel like it at the moment, being so exhausted and all.
So anyway! After Chung Lo, we went to this nice little stream that runs through the city called Cheong Gye Cheon. It was really pretty, and it was filled with couples! This couple was so cute, and I got a couple shots of them bein' all adorable.
They were the cute, unmarried, and totally in love couple. The couple that makes other couples sick with an overdose of adorableness. He was so sweet. He helped her down, helped her across, helped her up. Took adoring photos of her. They were just too too cute! Then there was this couple going across, with their shopping bags. Older, and married, probably on their way home from work, not so cute, and not so adorable. This is where that other couple will be in 10 years, if they're still together in 10 years. Did he help her up or down? Nope. Just made sure she could get up ok by herself. But hey, at least he's carrying the bags, right? Still a good man. lol!So then it was our turn to cross the rocks. Hisung helped me down and took pictures as we hopped along. I guess we're still in that adorableness stage...hahaha!
So we looked around some more on the other side and decided to cross again, but in a different spot. This is where things got tricky. You see, one of the rocks was very small, half of it was in the water, and was very slippery. Only one foot would fit on that rock. The jump between the rocks was also not that little. Why oh why did we have to choose this path across? I stood there and stood there, wondering what it would be like to fall in the water in front of oodles of strangers who are already transfixed on the giant white foreigner. Hisung couldn't resist, and took a picture of this couple watching to see what was going to happen to the poor foreigner in the slippery flip flops. Just look at them. The guy looks concerned for me, aww, how sweet....but the girl, she's just enjoying the show. hahaha!
I couldn't move for a long time. I just couldn't stop thinking about what would happen if I fell. It's not just falling in in front of dozens of staring strangers, it's being wet, for a long time, and walking around the city, all wet and embarrassed. What would happen once I got on the subway? Oh boy......I didn't even want to imagine. I finally decided, it was just time to do it. Time to take the leap and pray I could keep my inner clutz at bay. Just do it! 1...2........3........ok 3 and a half........GO! In the air I went, and down on the rock I landed...and wobbled...panic! But I caught myself, and all was well. phew! Trauma averted. Time to get out of there before I had another chance to make a fool of myself.
We walked down to Myeongdong, and there was this pretty little water feature and some nice grass.
Do you see that sign in the back? Tous Les Jous? They have the best vegetable croquettes on the planet, I am sure. Don't know what that is? I didn't either, but mmmm....It's like a doughnut, but not...It's slightly sweet, and crunchy on the outside, and inside is all doughy and like, really tiny vegetables all chopped up in like....creamy cheese or something. I have no idea...but they are so good, and I can't get them here....so sad...
Anyway! This guy was giving a little concert, which was pretty cool.
Myeongdong has a lot of restaurants, and a lot of people. Not too many cars around, which is nice. It's a cool place to go for a stroll and people watch. We decided to grab some dinner before heading up to Seoul Tower again. Hisung orderd Sulungtang. It's like a light beef broth soup with thinly sliced beef and scallions in it. You put your rice in and eat it that way. You can also stick some radish kimchi in it to give it an extra lil kick. I had some of this later and took some pics for you all to see. It's delicious. But that night, I saw mandu on the menu, and I had never had mandu like these before, so I ordered up, and holy cow... They were HUGE! And yummy.....oh so yummy.
After dinner we headed up to Nam Mountain again, and we locked up our locks, and had some awesome Coldstone ice cream. That's right, Seoul Tower, has Coldstone. mmmm...... Since I've already posted all about Seoul Tower, including the locks, I'll just put up one pic, and close this bad boy.
I still have so much to catch you all up on. Hopefully I will be able to knock it all out soon, before I totally forget all those little details about it. :)