Ashley and I decided to take a nap when we arrived at the Guest House. The plan was to get up after an hour and get dinner. Plans change all the time, and we definitely decided to keep sleeping. Now in the long run of things, this was probably a good idea but the next morning we woke up starving. All we had the day before was airplane food.
Lee & No Guesthouse was an awesome place to stay in Seoul. There was always something delicious for breakfast (my favorite was this potato thing with eggs and diced paprika). Everything seemed to taste better. The coffee was amazing and I was introduced to Aloe Water (I recommend at least trying it out. You can find it at your local Asian grocery store). Ash and I woke up super early and got to spend a good portion of our morning at Lee & No talking to one of the managers, Nahyun Yi. She was very fluent in English and did not seem to have any troubles communicating with us. She was very friendly and helpful.
It was fun to stay at a guesthouse because we got to meet so many different people. The first night we met two girls from Hong Kong. We are not 100% positive, but we are pretty sure that one of the girls had a very promiscuous job…The other girl spoke little English or Korean and was using Google Translate to communicate with everyone. The next morning when Ashley and I were eating breakfast, we met a family from Malaysia. They were pretty quiet and to themselves. It was two sons, one’s girlfriend, and their Mom. If you know Ashley and I, we had them pretty chatty by the time they left. When we came back the second time to stay at the Guesthouse (more on that later), we saw them roaming the streets assumingly trying to find their next guesthouse residence.
Ashley and I got our second day started fairly early in the afternoon. We made our way to metro, which is awesome in Korea. It’s fairly easy to use and nothing like the ones you’ll find in the States. We saw a girl in the train with a Grateful Dead shirt on. Just like you, we are pretty sure she had no idea who that was she was representing upon her chest.
It was really interesting to see how much American advertising was in Korea. Almost at every metro station there was a huge ad with someone famous or just a white person (not a lot of Asian people in the ads). It was blowing my mind. Everything is so different there…
We went to Changdeok Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Temple. We got pretty worn out from walking around. We had also gone to this shopping district, Itaewon and Ashley was interviewed by a group of school girls on why she was in Korea and would she recommend it to her friends (that’s a big obvious yes). We were getting really hungry, but also knew dinner time was getting close so we went to a family convenience store and got these rice triangle cakes. It was so good and my lunch was only 75 cents!
Ash really wanted to get some new eye glasses while we were there. Our last destination of the day was Ewha University, a women’s university where Ashley had studied before. She ordered her glasses at the school’s lens store, we found a place to have dinner, and headed back to Lee & No.
Things I had jotted down that day:
* Men carry women’s purses for them
* $3.00 for each Palace visit
* Skin whitening cream is huge here
* Jewel is playing in the eye doctor’s office
* Birthdays/ages are different here – I’d be 26/27 here not 24/25.
* Girls hold hands – EVERYWHERE!
* Guys are super close here, but Ashley tells me they are not homosexual – that’s just how the culture is