After several days of inactivity, it came to my attention that I had not posted another word about my trip. Truth is that after such a long period walking through most of the same streets, things tend to become bland. It's not directly bland, I assure you, but most of the places I visited the past week have been much of the same. Oh yes, I'm writing this chapter in English for no apparent reason other than I feel the need to vent my holiday vocabulary in a language I'm most comfortable with (ironically not Norwegian).
So what have I been doing for the last week? Let's see... It's Saturday today, around 17:20, and I'm drinking the hotel's crappy tea sortiment of one single type I like to call "Liquid Cornflakes", because that is what it tastes like, and I drink it because of desperate situations makes desperate means (again, it's ironic because I won't bother to take the lift 11 stories down to the 7 Eleven beneath our hotel to buy some decent tea).
Well, last sunday I went to Hongdae and watched Nanta. I told you about that. Awesome place, Hongdae, art at every streetcorner if you fancy such. The other day we visited N Seoul Tower again, not in night-time as we had hoped because of the danger of thunder (black clouds loomed in the sky), but rather on the hottest, sunniest bloody time of the day we could think of. Sure enough, the shortest trail up from Myeongdong Station is only 20 minutes walk in stairs, but the heat was enough to immobilise us for minutes at time, the stairs as well as our thighs were screaming with strain every 10 steps or so. Still, it was a beautiful trip to the top, filled with forest, hot breezes, hyperactive squirrels and strange bugs I'd rather stay away from.
One of the several outposts of which you can view half the city north of Han-river in it's grand smokeyness.
Reaching the top of Namsan offered a spectacular view shared by a hundred other people and schoolkids. Still worth the trip for there are plenty of cafés offering food to ice cream, all so very tempting in the bloody summer heat tearing at your sweatpores. Another thing N Seoul Tower is famous for, are the love locks which are gathered in masses of hundreds on trees, rails and wherever they fancy the view (as if a better view from the lock's viewpoint would ensure their everlasting love). Cheezy as we were we went ahead and bought ourselves a pair of locks and chose one of the christas trees completely COVERED in locks, from top to bottom.
And ours... I wonder If I'll ever see it again if I were to return one day.
This beauty was banging against a window. Dazed, it was easily picked up and I got a few nice shots of it. Rune shied it like the plague.
So we reckon we're around 8 000 km away from home. I'm not going to show any pictures of the observatory view itself. I wouldn't want to spoil the experience.
The other day we decided to go to the Botanical garden at the south end of Namsan Park. The trouble was, we got off at the wrong stop. It was faaaar to the next metro stop which was, in theory, close by the garden. Well, it wasn't. We managed to loose ourselves to the park a bit early and went through several highways and fancy neighbourhoods (one such as depicted below) before we ended up in the park and generally gave up the idea of ever finding the garden. Again, Namsan Park was still very beautiful, with lots of elderly doing their daily exercise, and walking on hellish trails barefoot which we simply had to try. I'd like to show you the video I made of myself walking barefoot on the trail of hell, cursing my mouth off from the pain, but sadly, the internett failed me yet again. As we came to one of Namsan Park's many exits, we discovered we were only 150 m away from the Botanical garden. We had spent most of the day walking through the park, we didn't bother with the garden.
So, we've gotten ourselves a few favourite spots in Seoul of where we'd like to spend our money on food and cake. First off is the Kyobo bookstore which is massive. I tell you, if you can't find a book you like there, you suck. I managed to pick out several handy Short Introduction books, even TTMIK books and a music box playing Ghibli's famous Kimi wo Nosete from Laputa: Castle in the Sky. But then there's my absolute favourite with that entire floor, and it's not the hundreds and thousands of books, the lego, the fancy writing equipment, no. It's the Nescafé. Their Peach Ice Tea is delicious, their Chocolate Layered Cake is soft and fantastic and their Focaccia sandwiches are heaven! Costs about 14 000 won or so, but I care only for the taste. Next stop for our evening meal is a small restaurant called "Yukgaejang" which serves good food, lots of food for a decent prize. Also, the staff is very friendly. We had the ample opportunity to try out their soju which sent our heated brains straight to bed after just one bottle. Drinking is not our strong side, but it was still fun. I concluded that Soju tastes like Vikingfjord.
This is the medium sized "Bossam something I can't remember". It's pork and a lot of side dishes. But don't worry, the side dishes really create a great taste along with the pork.
We've also been to Dongdaemun which is famous for.... shopping I believe? Anyways. I had only one purpose in going there: Shoes. Dongdaemun's shoemarked is the biggest (and longest) marked I have ever seen, and if you can't find yourself a pair of shoes there, then you can't find it anywhere in the world. I found good shoes, korean design, for a small prize. Otherwize we have spent a few days simply looking at shopping centers, buying stuffs like Samsung Galaxy Note's latest model, the 2014 Edition (which I bough CASH for 670 000 won including protective paper), and Rune found himself a guitar of all things. Parks, shops and eating. Now I'm mostly looking forward to going home to our two needy cats. And the food. And the chalkless water.