I’ve been busy the last week or so! I finally got to meet another blogger friend. This time it was Holland! She and her boyfriend came here for a week, and I spent my time showing them around Seoul. I was able to take a few days of leave. It was fun meeting another blogger friend, especially when they come over to my neck of the woods. I ended up visiting places I hadn’t before, so that was also a plus for me.
Day 1 & 2: The Beginning
On their first night in Seoul, I picked them up at Grand Hyatt Seoul and took them to their guesthouse. The next day we explored Itaewon and headed to Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong. We had lunch at School Food, which is a chain that sells upscaled version of Korean diner food. We then visited Myeong-dong for a Korean skincare shopping spree, haha! Afterwards, we had dinner at Cali Kitchen and Wrap Centre and we had a drink at Noxa Oriental. We ended the night on the rooftop of their guesthouse, doing what I call “ghetto drinking” XD;
Day 3: Museum Adventure
Day 3, we visited the National Museum of Korea. This was my first time visiting the museum. Holland and I explored all of the first floor, but we were museumed out just by that one floor. It was interesting, though, to see the history of Korea. The above photo was a painting we saw in one of the last sections on that floor. I’m not sure what it was supposed to represent, but the homoerotic undertones really caught my attention!
Day 4 & 5: Food & Farewell
I had to work on day 4, but I met them for late lunch that day. We went to Al Matto, a restaurant that sells Italian-style pizza and pasta. I had the arrabbiata. It was pretty good, and I loved how the sauce had a spicy kick to it! Day 5, I didn’t meet them at all. I had work again. After work I met my counsellor for the second session, which turned out to be good. My next errand took me to Bundang. I said farewell to Chantelle, who was flying out the next day.
Day 6: Ye Olde Seoul
Holland, her boyfriend, and I went to Changdeokgung Palace. I’d never visited this palace until that day. I’d also arranged us to visit the Secret Garden in that palace, which is only accessible through the palace tours. I’m glad I finally visited the Secret Garden. The two photos above were taken there. I loved seeing the landscape of the place. I just wished the pond wasn’t so dirty . . . oh, and I wished we hadn’t walked up those hills and stairs, haha! It was so muggy and miserable, too X_X;;
After the palace, we went to Insa-dong and stopped by Sinyetchatjib for some Korean tea. We ordered the pear punch (for me), ssanghwa aka double harmony tea (for Holland’s boyfriend), and iced green tea latte (for Holland). This place also gave us some Korean snacks and rice cake treats. It was a nice place to unwind and cool off from the palace tour.
Day 7: The Finale
I met Holland and her boyfriend for the last time. We met up for a late dinner. We went to Donga Naengmyeon in Itaewon, and then Holland and I had a drink at a bar called The Library. They are flying out the next day. It was great hanging out with them the last week. I’m glad I met Holland in person, and this is an experience I will not forget!