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Tonggyo-dong

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  • Day17

    Korea day 3

    October 13, 2016 in South Korea

    Efter att blivit tokig på ungarna som sprang runt och lekte lekar hela morgonen så gick vi till slut upp för att köpa lite frukost/lunch. Vi köpte instant nudles som vi gjorde iordning i köket som finns på vårat guesthouse. Vi åkte sedan till en gamal koreansk by för att kika, och jag var sugen på att ta en promenad så vi tog oss till en 8 km lång flod med olika konstverk i och började vår promenad. Efter att ha gått cirka 1 och en halv timme insåg vi att vi gått alldeles för långt och var långt ifrån alla kommers. Men efter att ha letat på närmaste tunnelbanestation så var det inget problem längre. Vi tog oss in till samma marknad som igår och jag köpte lite strumpor! Det var riktigt kyligt och vi begav oss till en marknad som ligger lite närmare vårat guesthouse. Det var 11 grader och blåste och vi har inte med oss så varma kläder så det är ett litet problem. Påvägen tillbaka testade vi även sibylla, jag tyckte det smakade ungefär lika som i Sverige men Tang höll inte med. Det är många street performers ute och är riktigt duktiga. Tycker det är mysigt att stå och lyssna/titta, kan stå hur länge som helst. Nu är vi jättetrötta (speciellt i benen efter att ha gått över 2 mil), så godnatt!Read more

  • Day18

    Korea day 4

    October 14, 2016 in South Korea

    Idag satt klockan på 9 då vi skulle byta guesthouse igen, nu slipper vi förhoppningsvis ungar... vi vandrade iväg till det nya som låg typ 700 meter ifrån det gamla, väldigt skönt. Väl där kunde vi inte checka in direkt men vi vilade i deras allrum tills vi kunde checka in. Vi delar rum med 6 andra denna gång men det är väldigt lugnt då dom flesta hänger i allrummet för det mesta. Vi vilade lite och drog sedan till ännu en marknad, där köpte jag min efterlängtade mugg från korea! För er som inte vet så samlar jag på muggar och fick lov att begränsa antalet denna resa och tänker att jag endast får köpa här samt i Japan. Efter att ha gått runt på marknader ett bra tag så återvände vi tillbaka till vårat guesthouse där vi fick idéen att vi skulle gå ut på en klubb i kväll. Vi bor trots allt i Hongdae som är ett ungdomsställe som består utav så många klubbar, känns dumt att inte testa nu när vi bor mitt i det. Lite innan vi skulle gå så började vi prata med en amerikan som bor i samma rum som oss och det visade sig att han skulle till samma klubb som vi tänkt. Han har varit i Korea i 9 månader och varit soldat så nu när han fick ledigt skulle han och de andra militärerna ut. Väl där var det så mycket folk och har aldrig hört så hög musik i mitt liv. Det slutade med att vi gick hemåt vid 4 tiden och köpte med oss lite mat som vi åt i allrummet. Nu är vi trötta och bör verkligen sova, godnatt!Read more

  • Day19

    Korea day 5

    October 15, 2016 in South Korea

    Det blev en riktigt slöar dag och vi kom tillslut ut och hade siktet inställt på en pork cutlet ställe som jag har fått rekommenderat för mig. Väl där var det för mycket folk och man behövde köa för att komma in så vi struntade i det och vandrade och letade efter något annat. Hungern blev alldeles för stor så tillslut gick vi in på första bästa ställe, visade sig vara supergott samt rätt så billigt! Det var japanskt. Vi kände sen att vi inte orkade gå på nå marknader eller likande, så vi gick bara runt och kollade på gatuuppträdande efter gatuuppträdande. Väl tillbaka på vårat guesthouse så började vi prata med en från England samt en från Australien, man får träffa så mycket folk och intressanta människor när man bor som vi gör, det har verkligen sin charm! Ses imorgon! (Tog alltså endast en bild idag, ska bättra mig...)Read more

  • Day21

    Korea day 7

    October 17, 2016 in South Korea

    Idag så bar det iväg till Gangnam då jag tyckte det kändes som ett måste att besöka. Vi hade siktet inställt på en gangnam style staty som fanns där. Efter 2 timmar hittade vi den äntligen och Tangs kommentar blev "var det allt?".. jaja vägen dit tyckte jag iallafall om mest då man verkligen fick se den "fina" dyra delen av Seoul. Alla man mötte hade antigen kostym eller kjol/klänning, och det var fina bilar överallt. Vi blev klara rätt tidigt i Gangnam och eftersom det regnade när vi var i Itaewon igår så tänkte vi att vi åker dit igen och kikar. Efter att ha gått en hel del var vi rejält hungriga och smet faktiskt in på McDonalds... för mig blev det en kycklingburgare och Tang tog en bulgogiburgare. Vi var in på några affärer men det var inte så mycket att se så vi begav oss hemåt igen. Så nu sitter jag här med nytvättat hår och äter lite från 7-eleven. Imorgon blir det en "tidig" morgon då vi måste byta rum vid 10 tiden. Nu ska jag kolla av mobilen lite och sen blir det att sova, godnatt!Read more

  • Day85

    החלון שגיאה הזה משעשע

    October 25, 2016 in South Korea

    במיוחד לאור העובדה שהוא כאן מהפעם האחרונה שהייתי בסיאול. ז"א, לפני חודשיים ויותר.
    לאף אחד זה לא מספיק מפריע כדי לסגור את החלון??

  • Day20

    Korea day 6

    October 16, 2016 in South Korea

    Efter mycket funderande om vad vi ska hitta på denna dag så slutade det med att vi åkte till turistorten Itaewon. När vi klev ut tunnelbanan hörde vi hög musik och bas så det skakade hel vägen ner i tunnelbanan, nyfikna så skynda vi oss upp och blev inte besvikna. Det var en stor scen med en dj och några rappare, så det slutade med att vi stod där nästan hela kvällen. Tang gick och åt lite paella då det var internationell matmarknad men jag sparade mig då jag vill testa en korv på sibylla senare haha... trots regn så var det mycket folk, då jag förstått det som att många av koreanerna har precis haft ett stort prov så dom kan äntligen slappna av och gå ut. Vid 10 tiden så åkte vi tillbaka igen och jag tog en korv på sibylla. Ärlig talat så tycker jag det smakar exakt lika som i Sverige, dom har dock en liten annan meny då du kan beställa kokosnöt att dricka, skulle vilja se det i Sverige haha.Read more

  • Day16

    Seoul, S. Korea pt2

    October 16, 2014 in South Korea

    I won't bore you (although it might be too late) about the day I spent sightseeing but I will mention that the view from the top of the tower was totally unexpected. I didn't realise how green Seoul was. There are green mountains that stick out in the middle of the city and spread out to the sides. It's a beautiful city. I was lucky enough to capture the sunset on the way down. And boy does it set quickly. I'll post a video when I can get to a computer.

    The next night we had a few Soju's and beer at the guesthouse before heading out for some drinks. Cece and Jeroen joined us this time and they were really fun and laid back. The park was empty so we headed to a couple bars. On the way Cece freaked out because she saw a player from "The League of Legends". I had never heard of this game before but supposedly there are millions of players around the world and Cece and Jeroen were here to watch the final. This thing even has its own channel in S. Korea! But more on this later. Most of the guys left pretty early but me and Cesar stayed for a few more drinks before heading home via the park.

    The park was packed now. There was a rap battle going on in one corner, jazz played in another and a boxing match in the middle. So of course we watched the boxing. Basically anyone from the crowd could pay to punch this guy who was padded up and all he could do was block. A great way to release some anger. It was all rather timid and fun until an American army dude (off duty of course) decides he wants a go. He was hench and looked like he knew what he was doing. The poor Korean student padded up took a massive beating and had to sit out for a while. It was brutal. But it got worse.

    So the little hobo we met the night before wanted to get in on the action and was looking for a challenger. Nobody wanted to get involved. So after a few minutes this dude goes up to the other hobo we met and starts punching him in the face. The guy on the receiving end was a lot bigger than his "friend" and just had a confused/surprised look on his face. A couple more punches were thrown in his direction until the big dude snapped and tackled his so called mate to the ground. They were split up by people from the crowd and as the night had just turned sour it was time to retire for the night.

    The next day I took a tour of the DMZ. This is the buffer zone between North and South Korea. I was being picked up from the hostel about 6am and on the way the party was still going on outside. People were now migrating to the restaurants to get some food and more alcohol I suppose. This place doesn't sleep at the weekend. Anyway the first stop was to the border point where officials from both sides would meet. We were allowed to enter a South Korean hut that technically allowed us to cross the border into North Korea. The hut was guarded by some mean looking South Koreans with dark shades, staring right into the eyes of the North Korean soldiers. Apparently they are trained in a special form of Taekwondo where they can stand in one stance for hours. The North Korean soldiers on the other hand looked really weak and nervous. Our American soldier tour guide said we could take as many photos as we liked of the North Koreans as it made them nervous so we obliged. But we were warned not to get in the way of the South Korean soldiers otherwise they would punch you in the face and it looked like they would.

    Anyway we had to leave the hut and lineup just outside. As we did there was a North Korean tour happening on the North Korean side. They normally have a lot of Chinese tourists visit North Korea that take this tour but we were told that these were North Korean tourists. There was a camera stand off where both sides took out there cameras and clicked away at each other. It was such a surreal experience.

    After this section we were able to go to a vantage point and look into North Korea. It turns out that the first couple villages are fake and only there to make Korea look good. There's a funny story that the North Koreans put up a massive flag, only for South Korea to put up a bigger flag, then the North Koreans just went all out and put up a gigantic flag that is so large and heavy it can't fly.

    The rest of the tour was a bit shite so not worth commenting about. Definitely do the JSA tour if you're in South Korea and skip the DMZ tour. You can't say you enjoy a trip like this because the situation is sad but it's amazing to see how you control a buffer zone between two countries technically at war. You can feel the tension though it didn't feel hostile. And it was nice to learn about the efforts made by the South Koreans to reunite. The South Koreans have actually built a factory in North Korea to help employ people over there. The South Koreans do benefit from cheaper labour but it's another way of making peace with the opposition. Now I know I'm being fed propaganda on the South Korean side but I genuinely feel there is an effort to reunite from the South side.
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  • Day16

    Seoul, S. Korea pt4

    October 16, 2014 in South Korea

    We chilled for the rest of the night in the lounge. We were talking about when you travel you can introduce yourself as anyone you like. New name, new job. I ended up being called King Omar. Cece also tried to claim she could speak Korean and Japanese by naming types of food from each country. If that counts then I'm putting multilingual down on my CV. We also had some fun zapping some mozzies with Bobby's electric racquets. These things are much more fun when the lights are dimmed as you can't see the mozzie until it's hit your racquet and illuminates blue. Oh and the sound is so satisfying.

    Cece and Jeroen left us the following morning to go back to Taiwan. They were both incredibly friendly and fun to be around and I was very fortunate to have met them. I may have to add Taiwan to my journey so I can see these 2 again.

    So I can't remember which night this happened. But it was the middle of the night, everyone was sound asleep and this phone went off with some Islamic chanting. It was so loud and freaked the shit out of me. Nothing against Islamic chanting but I don't find it soothing, if anything I find it chilling. Anyway I couldn't tell whose phone it was but they were sound asleep and we had to listen to the duration of it. The joys of staying in a dorm.

    Myself and the guys from Norwich were leaving on the same day so we decided to have our final meal at this pork joint. A few of the guys mentioned this before but it wasn't at all what I expected. So basically we ordered half spicy pork and half normal and what came out I can only describe must have been the meat of a whole pig. I haven't seen so much pork in my life. And this was slow cooked to death so it just flaked apart. Thank fuck I'm not Jewish or Muslim as this was bliss. This was the 3rd time in 5 nights that I had the meat sweats. I don't think my time in Seoul was good for my health but it was well worth it.

    So it was time to leave and it was a pleasure to have met these genuinely nice guys from Norwich that let me join their group for a few days. And although I haven't spoke about Olderich much in this blog I have a heck of a lot of respect for this guy. He was always their to help me figure what to do in Korea and understand more about the culture. It's hard to pinpoint but this guy just gives off a good vibe and I will always remember the massive bear hug he gave me before I left. I think he would love to work in Korea one day, he certainly seemed attached to the country so I wish him the best of luck.

    So as this is a memory shit and not in the correct order here are some observations about my time in South Korea:

    You can get a strong phone signal anywhere on the metro and the Koreans have all the latest technology so it was funny to see on every journey every Korean with headphones on all steering down at their phones. There was zero interaction on the metro. They were all like zombies.

    It's a fact that South Koreans have the most beautiful girls. And they all dress incredibly well. I'll have to go back to find my future wife.

    Again my accent seemed to attract a lot of attention from the guys I met at the guesthouse. Like the people I met in China they thought it sounded really posh which we all know is bollocks. Oh well I don't in anyway find it annoying or offensive just a bit baffled by it. I need to find a real posh dude on this trip so people can tell the difference.
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