A few weeks ago, B and I headed on a quick trip to Seoul, South Korea. B had been having visa problems when he lost his passport last month and was required to leave the country for a few days (actually not kidding… it’s slightly funny now but was stressful and expensive to deal with all of the immigration drama!)
Anyway, Friday I took a half day from work (B flew in Thursday night but I didn’t want to take a full day off of work) and I met him at our hotel in Korea! Because taking a taxi from the airport to our hotel would have been about $50 (and we were there the same time as the protests happening, which meant traffic was really blocked up!) I took the metro. I was a little nervous but it was SO easy to navigate!
After meeting at the hotel, we decided to venture out to dinner. We settled on Korean BBQ; even though I’m picky, I enjoy Korean BBQ as we go sometimes in Shanghai! They bring the food out to you and cook it right in front of you. After dinner, we ventured to a college area (called Hongdae) because we wanted to check out the bars and enjoy some drinks! It was really fun and as we are ALWAYS out in big groups in Shanghai, it was kind of nice to have some time just us 🙂
Saturday morning we decided to find a nice place for brunch and settled on a cute little cafe near our hotel. They had really, really good eggs Benedict and we were both quite pleased! We then wandered with no plan and B’s Polaroid camera, which to be honest, is one of my favorite ways to travel. We found a temple and walked around it taking cool artsy pictures, got some bubble tea, and attempted to find an art museum (which we never did find, haha).
Then came one of the highlights of the trip… a CAT CAFE! Yup, it’s just what it sounds like… you get to pay $10 US, get a hot drink, and PLAY WITH CATS. It was so much fun and they have all kinds of toys and stuff you can play with too!
After the cat cafe, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and meet my friend Nate, who moved to Korea last year. We worked together in Shanghai, he was actually my mentor here! We met up in Insadong, which is a nice expat area. We ended up eating Mexican food (which I mean, I didn’t hate) and drinking a lot of margaritas, but it was a really fun night.
The next day, after waking up slightly hungover (whoops), B and I decided we wanted to check out one of the most popular things to do in South Korea… a spa! Because I’m a bad blogger, I took zero photos, but it was sooooo much fun (we went to Dragon Hill, which was recommended by our hotel). They have floors for just men and women, but also some co-ed floors. When you arrive, you are given clothes to change into (think gym class uniforms) and then you can sit in different rooms. We sat in rooms to sweat, rooms to be chilled, and then ended going in our respective bathhouses (where yes, you do have to go naked. YOLO). My only regret is that we only gave ourselves about two hours there because I had a flight to catch, but we really could have used at least 4 to fully enjoy it!
Overall, it was a really quick trip and I KNOW I’ll be back! I love the food and energy of the city!
Have you ever been to Seoul?