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South Korean Surprise!

We spent a week in Seoul before finally heading home.

After bidding an emotional farewell to Europe we boarded our flight flight bound for our 1 last stop on the journey home. Our good friend Ash from our nursing class and her boyfriend had just moved to Seoul in South Korea for 3 months and we figured that was a pretty good reason to make a stop over. And plus, the flights worked out cheaper than flying straight home.

Now Seoul was about as different from everything we’d seen in Europe as you could possibly get. High rise buildings stretching as far as the eye can see and hundreds of people everywhere, not to mention the culture itself. But I think this helped us to love it just as much.

We had 5 full days in Seoul and we made sure that we fit in as much as we possibly could. From street market hopping and eating all the Korean food we could find, to strolling the streets and checking out the old temples we did as much as we possibly could. And the whole time Ash was the most gracious tour guide. Putting up with us when we wanted to go into every stall and little Korean souvenir store.

There’s simply too much of Korea to fit in one post so I’ll try and give you a summarised highlight version.

First highlight would definitely be Meyong-dong markets. This is pretty much the epitome of Korean street and food markets, surrounded by shopping and restaurants, all on a incredible packed block of streets. And probably my favourite place in Seoul.
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Next would be the Changdeokgung Palace and secret garden that we visited. Pretty amazing palace complex with and awesome palace garden.
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Seoul Tower. Maddie and I did the trip up Seoul tower at night and the view was absolutely incredible. You can literally see the entirety of Seoul spread in a fun circle around you. And at night the lights are amazing!
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An odd highlight for me would be the organisation of all the people. Coming from Sydney we know what it’s like to be fighting your way onto public transport or through crowds. But not in Korean. Those people are so polite and organised that they even line up for buses and trains when it gets busy. Seriously made the whole experience so much more enjoyable not having to fight your way onto the transport.

And last but not least the food! Dumplings, Bibimbap, Ramen, fried chicken, and Korean BBQ, not to mention all the amazing street food. The Korean BBQ would be my favourite of these which we gorged ourselves on for our last dinner in Seoul.
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Altogether we had an incredible time in Korean and we’re really glad that we made the decision to go there. Big thanks to Ash and Andy for having us stay with them and showing us around.
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And with our week in Korean done we boarded our last flight back home. I’m currently sitting not he train from Sydney after having landed at 10am this morning. And as sad as it is that our amazing adventure has come to an end, it’s also good to be home. On behalf of Maddie and myself I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us through this adventure of a lifetime. Your constant messages of extreme jealousy, suggestions and recommendations, ooo’s and ahh’s when Frankie had a major malfunction, and all the encouragement in the world has seriously made the trip unforgettable for us. So thank you all, and we can’t wait to catch up with you all in person. All that’s left for us is to start planning our next trip. Who knows where that will be, but we can’t wait!
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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”

Posted by ScottGosling 22:00 Archived in South Korea

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