Labour Day (May 1st) and Children’s Day (May 5th and exactly the same as Mother’s/Father’s Day except for children) happen to be happily close together so that an amazing five day weekend can occur!
This year Andrea’s headed off to Tokyo and Ricky and I realized far too late we hadn’t made any plans. Public holidays being what they are in Korea (aka madness akin to Black Friday at Walmart except with purchases of bus tickets, vacation bookings, and traffic), we were at a bit of a loss as to how to spend our luxurious amount of time off.
Then I remembered reading a fellow blogger’s post about how Seoul, on such mass holidays, becomes all but emptied (I can’t remember whose blog it was but I’ll link to it here if I remember). Naturally, everyone living there wants to take a break and flee south – namely to Jeju Island or Busan.
Although we still really want to see Busan, we conceded that now wasn’t the time to go as neither of us are fond of traffic jams and crowds. Thus we thought, “Hey – why not go to Seoul?”
Considering I’ve spent a year and a half in Korea, I really haven’t been to Seoul that often. Such a shame, really, because it really is a beautiful city with gorgeous secret nooks, bold central districts, and a proud selection of art galleries and museums.
And all of the above are what we plan on doing – with shopping thrown in of course, because I need summer/work dresses for the threateningly hot summer we’re moving into and have exhausted my source of possible clothing options in Cheongju (ie. anything that will fit my bodacious Western bust).
We’re also excited to sample the mouth watering gourmet restaurants with foreign cuisine. Cheongju has a decent range of Indian, Italian, and “Japanese” places, but it’s mostly fast food if you want to get a taste of back home. Seoul has indelible Mexican, real American steak, and incredible French bakeries to name a few. Not to mention freshly hacked open coconuts to bring on the nostalgia from our time in Vietnam/Cambodia.
As you might imagine, I’m pretty stoked about this trip. If nothing else, it feels so nice to be off doing something somewhere and taking a break from the mundane routine of a 40 hour work week.
So anticipate lots of pictures coming soon – can’t wait to get trigger happy and shoot all the photos!
Until next time.