Rainy Season in South Korea, or so they say it should be but the weather is not predictable this year and we were glad of that.
Going to visit our daughter Linda depended on one thing: when was she off work, so that we could spend lots of time with her.
That was during this time so we arranged to go now even though it is normally the hottest, most humid time and also the time they expect their rain.
Fred & I arrived on Friday morning and there was a bit of mistiness over Seoul Incheon Airport, went to the hotel in Seoul and the sun was now shining. Left in our luggage and went out for lunch at a Korean restaurant, sun shining still. Menu in Korean except for names of meals so we ordered the Beef Rib Soup which apparently comes with many little side dishes and rice. (First time we have had rice with soup except for a silly blunder by myself one time in Belgium.)
What should we have to drink?
Well we decided on this, no prizes for guessing what it is.
Back to hotel and checked in and went for a nap to catch up on the sleep we lost overnight on the plane. After 6pm we met up with a Korean friend whom we have known since we lived in Belgium and the sun was still shining.
By the time our daughter made it over from Gangneung we were very hungry and we all went for another Korean meal which was pork and the drink was barley water, which is water with barley and not at all like Robinson's Barley Water. Quite nice!
Still hot, dry and humid.
Back to hotel after 10pm tired, full and dry.
Saturday after a little lie-in we had breakfast from the stall in the street outside the hotel, great value only 4,000 won for the 3 of us, that is approximately £2.50.
Lazy morning of catching up with Linda and then off to get a snack lunch from a nearby shop. Kimbap, which is rice and meat and vegetables rolled up and wrapped in seaweed - lovely but very filling.
We met up with our korean friend again and went shopping, some very expensive department stores which was really more like window shopping and then some more market type shops.
Followed by a walk through one of the old gates of the old city of Seoul,
then it was coffee break time and so we headed for one of the many coffee shops of Seoul.
That's when we got the rain, but even though we were walking in it for a little while we hardly got wet as it was quite light.
Instead of coffee Fred and Linda shared a Bing Soo which is ice, fruit, icecream, yogurt and rice cakes in a large glass which is more like a bowl and you mix everything up together. Very nice and very sweet.
Linda persuaded me to have an iced latte - never again.
Then on we went to see one of the palaces of Seoul, no rain and very peaceful surroundings.
Dinner was in a special Chicken place and boy were we getting better with these chopsticks.
A little bit of rain again as we headed back to the hotel for bed but it had stopped again in time for us to stand watching a Korean lady sitting in the street making their form of honeycomb which is flattened into large circles and cost 1,000 won (a little over 60p). When she saw us watching so intently she made a special bigger one for us but still only charged us the same amount.
Sunday started with the same breakfast as Saturday as we had each enjoyed it so much.
Then time to hit the subway with our subway app (yes there really is an app for almost everything) and with our daughter in charge as she can read Hangol, we made our way to our friend's church for morning worship.
A friend of our friend had agreed to translate for us and she had done this for Linda when Linda came to the church some months ago. Lovely service, Fred & I just sang in English when we recognized the tunes of the songs, while Linda sang in Korean.
Our friend works in the church so we went to see her office and meet some of the people she works with and then off with our translator for lunch in a lovely location in a park in the heart of Seoul very close to the church. the building was an oldfashioned Korean type building and the food yet again was great and so we have now sampled more Korean dishes.
Then the rain came but only while we were inside having lunch and it didn't bother us.
By 4pm we really knew we had made a new Korean friend who has been invited to come visit us in Northern Ireland with her husband and son.
Back to the hotel on the subway and coffee and more chat and then time to pack for leaving for Hong Kong on Monday morning and sending some things on with Linda to Gangneung. then goodbye to Linda as she left to travel back to her home for school on Monday morning.
As she left for the subway the rain had started.
Next part of the South Korea trip is found HERE