Posted by Sydney
Seoul is a beautiful city with a lot of history and charm. As we walked with our luggage up the cobblestone roads to the hotel from the train station, I couldn’t help but feel like we were somewhere amazing! We have been able to experience an equally kind people, but quite different than Tokyo. There are not very many bikers due to the hills. Tokyo was much more flat (something we’ve noticed with all the walking we are doing! :) I bet the kids and I have walked about 10 miles a day. It has been so fun!
The temples here are absolutely beautiful, and one we went to a little off the tourist path was absolutely packed full of locals in the middle of a meeting. There was three giant golden statues in the front that they all prayed to. It was full of older people who clearly feel great reverence for their temples.
We also visited a shopping street that had all kinds of trinkets. With us only having carry-on luggage, it was easy to not been tempted to buy too much. But all the colorful purses and clothing were very beautiful!
We’ve eaten about every traditional food we know of. It has been fun to find so many new favorite dishes to prepare when we get home! We have a 7eleven (there are a million of them here and in Tokyo) across from our hotel that we’ve visited to get us snacks for the in between. In honor of all the Hello Kitty stuff we’ve seen we bought Hello Kitty crackers today. Truthfully, it was one of the only things we knew didn’t have green tea or coffee in it. J Just an FYI – they don’t have big gulps or Slurpee’s – kind of what we think of when we think of 7eleven – they are just tiny convenience stores.
Now that our time in Seoul is coming to an end, I’m sad to leave! There are so many wonderful people in this city and a beautiful culture. It is neat to see how on the other side of the world from Salt Lake City there are little old ladies visiting with their friends in front of their shops, children asleep on their mother’s shoulders on the subway, and families out touring together with toddlers holding their mother’s hand or riding on their father’s shoulders. Not so different really - people love being together wherever they live in the world. I told John today that in such a short time, I have loved this city and people and feel so lucky to have had this time here!