I met another blogger, Chansoriya! She and I hadn’t known each other online that long, but we still met up. After all, I never turn down the opportunity to meet another blogger who visits here! She came to Seoul for two weeks, and I was able to meet up with her twice — a blessing since my commuting has made things a bit difficult with my social life. We met, had great food and drinks, and enjoyed each other’s company. I must say, it was a fabulous hangout!
We first met up at Hapjeong Station, where after a brief stop at the Nature Republic in the station, we went to Itaewon. We walked around the main drag a bit for her to get a feel of the place. Our walk eventually led us to my turf, and it made us both hungry. We ate at this little mom and pop Korean diner. Chansoriya experienced the joy of cheap Korean food with some gimbap and cheese ramen. Our next stop led us to Berkeley Coffee Social, one of my favourite coffee shops in the area. The photo above was taken there.
After we talked our lips off, we took a bus up to Namsan Park. Chansoriya really liked the park, which made me happy! I only suggested it out of the blue because it was nearby. We walked around the park and surrounded ourselves with nature, which brought us some peace and relaxation. I think we both needed that, haha! The walk not only de-stressed us, but it made us hungry again! We walked down to Fat Cat for some late munchies. I had the lavender and chamomile kombucha and this amazing carrot cake — the best I’ve had in Seoul. We ended our evening on a very pleasant note.
The second and last time we met was after my commute into Seoul on a Friday night. Since she hadn’t had Korean BBQ yet, I couldn’t let her leave here without experiencing it in Korea! We went to this restaurant I’d been wanting to try for the past few weeks, and we had galbisal, which are boneless ribs. Our meal came with this weird . . . meat shell (고기 껍데기), so says Google Translate. That was my first time even seeing that thing, and it was like chewing on some super hard piece of fat. Yech! Thankfully, the galbisal tasted way better. We also ordered the extra kimchi jjigae and doenjang jjigae for 2,000 won each. Oh, my goodness. I fell in love with their jjigae! Chansoriya and I had a great dinner; we complemented our meal with a cocktail at Noxa Oriental. Chansoriya treated us to that, which was so sweet of her! On top of that, the owner of Noxa Oriental unexpectedly gave us a complimentary cheese and cracker set with our drinks :D
All in all, I had a blast with Chansoriya. We had so much fun, and our conversations were super engaging. We talked about so many topics ranging from Korean culture and history to anime and manga to Japanese culture and so forth so on. I found it interesting that we didn’t communicate a lot online, but when we met in person, it was like we’d been friends for a long time. I am thankful that we were able to meet in person!