A Year of Adventures in South Korea
Today I finally got my phone! I went with my korean buddy to the phone store, and then when I tried out the phone, i found out it was locked, the previous owner put a password on the phone so i couldn't dial or text anyone. So we had to head on over to the samsung technology center, we took a bus, and the engineer there unlocked it for me. Then, I went with my roommate to Dongdaemoon market. This is basically a cleaner version of a bazaar. It had tons of clothing. We only went to three sections: shoes, socks, and sportswear. I mean how many socks can there be? I saw about every type of shoe. It was exciting. they were pretty affordable too. So I'll have to come back on my own and take my time. I'll need to buy a really big suitcase to take back! But somewhere on the way, we got into the wholesale part of the market. They had like 100 towels and huge ribbons they were selling. We tried to find the fashionable young peoples' clothes but we were too tired at that point to keep looking. By the way, it does get really crowded in Seoul. People push you out of the way and there are like hundreds of people in the streets and on the subway. I kept clutching my purse, but it seems as though no one is too interested in your purse, just in getting to their destination. What's annoying is that there are bikers and mopeds on the sidewalks. Seriously, you could be walking in the really crowded market street sidewalk and then a moped will be right behind you. Um, isn't this a crammed sidewalk? Everyone in seoul is either slim or normal. very few fat people. I know why. It is the many many stairs they take. Going up to my dorm takes a while and has lots of stairs but add that to the many many stairs going up and down the metro, especially when transferring lines, it really adds up. My butt and legs will be really toned soon I hope. The metro is super nice! I found out I am much better at directions when they are abstract like the metro map and not in the real chaotic street world. The metro is very clean. In New York when you get on the metro it's very hot, stinky, and with beggars? Here as I walked down the stairs into the metro my nostrils were hit with a strong smell of....PASTRIES! this lady was making these round pizzelle like treats, and they smelled buttery and sweet. So nice. Also, there aren't any beggars, as far as I know, they have really clean stations and metros. There is a tv outside and inside the metro. The subway map is in English as well. It is very easy to understand, also as you walk out of the metro, the signs are helpful if you need to transfer. I really like it. The only bad thing is that it closes from 12 am- 5 am!!! odd, but I guess that keeps out the homeless? or saves money? who knows, but my curfew is also around the same time, so I guess I'll have to plan really well to get home. After that we went to another place, but I forgot the name. It is a cultural center with a museum and a fountain and a statue. This place was around the Sejong art museum. Then we got something to eat. I ate kimbop, so yummy. Guess how much it cost? roughly $2.50 for the role. On the way home we stopped by a cosmetics store. I took some pictures, but then the lady told me I couldn't take pictures inside. Anyway, the creams and lotions were expensive, but the face masks and the brushes were cheap. I'll have to find more cosmetics stores and see. Everyone says beauty products are cheaper in Seoul. I will try them out soon. Looking forward to trying all the new things. I already saw so many things I'd like to bring home as gifts, but I have a whole year ahead of me yet so I resisted! I'll update again when I go out somewhere new.