Saturday, 10 August 2013

"Gangnam Style"




Tuesday morning saw us packing to move on from Seoul.

 It was time to travel East to Gangneung to spend the rest of our holiday in the area where our daughter Linda lives and works.






A three hour bus journey in a hot humid climate was not very appealing but it was actually one of the best bus journeys I have ever been on.

 The seats are like first class seats on an aeroplane, wide, well padded and reclining so all five of us fell asleep for a good part of the trip. I am glad I didn't sleep the whole way though as some of the mountainous scenery was lovely to see.


Apparently we were in Gangnam near the start of the bus trip but Linda forgot to tell us until afterwards, so I'm not really sure if we can say we did the trip in Gangnam Style???  but I want to say it anyway.






Our next stop was Linda's apartment, not very big but in a nice neighbourhood.


Then on to find our hotel which is a Boutique Hotel but has not been a great hit with us, we tend to prefer hotels which have a safe and drawers and a wardrobe because it is nice to have somewhere to put at least put your clothes. This hotel provides a computer in each room but no drawers and only 2 hangers on a hook on the wall. None of us could figure out how to get the taps to work properly so just a trickle of water to wash our hands, but we did have the biggest TV I've ever seen in a hotel room.

Now something we have been having some fun with in both Korea and Hong Kong are the toilets,  not public toilets but the ones in most of the hotels.  They have remote controls!




You can angle a stream of water to turn it into a bidet,  you can have streams of warm air and you can heat the seats.


Another thing that we had to do was to get the right type of money for our trip which was another story of its own as not many people in small towns in Northern Ireland are asking their bank to get them Korean Won and Hong Kong Dollars.




Then we had to remember a rough conversion every time we wanted to buy something and not get mixed up between the two currencies.

It was funny also as we were millionaires in Korean Won because the Won is so small in value compared to the British Pound.


Dinner was another Korean Barbecue with pork this time and it gets rolled up with vegetables in a lettuce leaf - very tasty.


 We met up with Jessie who is one of Linda's friends from church (in fact the new interpreter at her church) for this meal and then on for coffee to a local coffee shop owned by another of Linda's friends called Andrew Yoon.




A lovely coffee shop (Yoon's Coffee), relaxing, with good coffee and smoothies and nice company as we got to know these friends.  Andrew is a lovely guy and he is also very musical so that sort of just meant he was like one of the family talking about guitars and playing guitars.

Our oldest son Jonathan was so impressed with Andrew's cappuccino that he told Andrew it was the best cappuccino he had had outside of Italy - high praise indeed!





On Wednesday morning we awoke at 10 am to 32 degrees the start of a very hot humid day for us.

We met more friends of Linda's for lunch in the beach area at a Tofu restaurant as one of them is a vegan. My first experience of tofu and I think that one experience is definitely enough.  Another restaurant involving sitting on the floor at a very low table.  Thank goodness Yoon's Coffee Shop had comfortable chairs and sofas.


I have been warned that red sauces are the spicy ones so I've been very careful about anything that is red but today I got caught out by what I thought was a piece of green pepper but was really a chilli pepper and my mouth was burning hot.


On to a coffee shop afterwards and then the five of us went for a walk around the lake stopping at an outside exercise area to try out the exercise machines. Next on to a burger restaurant for some very tasty burgers and fries.




On the way to lunch we had had to get two taxis because there are 5 of us and so the same on the way back but this time the taxi driver who took Fred & I told Linda he knew where our hotel was but actually he didn't so we had a little adventure as he drove around pointing at hotels and we shook our heads at him. Language can be such a headache when we travel and often we depend on our weak Dutch or Jonathan's excellent French but no taxi drivers here were going to understand anything we could say. 

We finally remembered that we had a copy of the hotel confirmation on my ipad all in Hangul (the Korean language) so the driver was able to get the address into the GPS only to find that we were simply just round the corner from it.

After quite a bit of cooling off time in the air-conditioning in the hotel room we walked across to Yoon's Coffee Shop to end the evening with great coffees & drinks again.




Notice how we ended up with twin daughters in this photo at Yoon's  -  Linda likes to get into the panoramic photos at the start and then run round to get back in for the end as well. 










More from South Korea HERE



5 comments:

  1. Hope you are enjoying your trip and visit with your daughter ~

    Happy 4th of July to USA
    artmusedog and carol

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  2. This is such a nice little work

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  3. Ah.

    Clever, clever indeed.

    It took me a minute to get your title.

    I would love this kind of lunch. So glad you're having a great time.

    Thank you for linking to the letter G.

    A+

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  4. It sounds like your family travels quite a lot. How many adventures you must have had! I think it is wonderful that you have had the opportunity to spend time with your family overseas. Not sure I could handle all that humidity in South Korea! Or tofu! I would love to try the coffee and barbeque, however.

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  5. Nice post! Toilets with remote controls? This is why travelling is so good. You see stuff you could never imagine! <3

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