Korea was one of the best places I’ve ever been to in my entire life thus far.
— Cannot wait to make it back one day.
AIRBNB F O R E V E R |
Starting with our AirBnb, the vibe in Seoul was pretty incredible right off the bat. We were traveling around the world during a time when there were some pretty crazy things going on in the United States, politically…and AirBnb actually housed (and possibly continues to do so) a number of refugees and their families completely free of charge — making them one of the most awesome companies I could’ve possibly chosen to do business with given the circumstance at the time. A time when actions speak and money talks, and where you choose to spend yours dollars actually carries weight and has been shown to have significant impact.
All personal reservations aside, there were so many other awesome things about this space. Some of which being that it came equipped with a washer, a dryer, a tiny balcony, and a fully functioning small kitchen! It may seem bananas to most people but we like to cook when we travel, so places with kitchens are always a win. Our hosts also hooked it up with this stuffed animal mouse-bear thing AND a mi-fi — which made things like staying connected to the web, navigating, posting on social media etc. (while exploring a completely foreign country where you wouldn’t otherwise have any data connectivity without purchasing a SIM card) ridiculously convenient….HELLS YES!
THE F O O D |
I could probably talk for longer than I care to admit about the eats in Seoul but I’ll try to spare you. Just understand that it’s pretty life changing. ALSO, there was actually a surprising amount of options for me as a vegetarian! I definitely indulged. I tried a fried veggie rice noddle dumpling hot pocket thing from this awesome night market. I have no idea what it was but it was out of this world delicious. I ate all the fresh breakfast pastries from another cool market. Things like fresh apple cinnamon waffles and deep-fried powdered sugar donut holes. I ate noodles multiple days in a row.
I mastered chopsticks for the first time!!!!!
Caleb has been trying (unsuccessfully) to teach me how to use chopsticks literally since we met. It seemed appropriate I finally learn almost 8 years later in South Korea, haha! The food is too good.
S I G H T S |
• Love-lock lookout
• Bongeunsa Temple
• Gyeongbokgung Palace
• Gangnam (City)
• Samsung Interactive
BAU HOUSE PUPPY C A F E |
Yes. Seoul has a puppy cafe. This is not a drill. They exist. A real place where your typical dog lover can just go, order some caffeine, and bask in the magnificence that is puppy heaven. All kinds of breeds from Corgis to Golden Retrievers to Pomeranians — older dogs and little puppies — we’re literally talking doggy heaven. There is no cost, just the purchase of at least one drink. Make sure to hide your stuff in the cabinets under the table though, those fuzzy little butts will definitely rifle though your goodies if you’re not quick enough lol. I’m pretty sure I actually died and went to heaven this day. Just another reason why Korea is up there at the top of the list for most favorite country visited so far.
A D V E N T U R E |
Real life moment: We ran into a small snag the last day of our trip and missed our flight back to the States. Thankfully , my earth-mate is pretty much a points magician and we were able to catch an early flight back to the U.S. that next morning, at no out-of-pocket cash cost for airfare.
»(PSA: Caleb runs a pretty awesome travel blog and if you’re ever curious to know how we travel the world for next to nothing, definitely check it out H E R E)«
It gets a little tricky trying to keep a positive outlook when you find yourself in situations like that but honestly, things happen. Not everything goes according to the plan, which is why depending so heavily on plans is a dangerous game anyway, to be honest. It takes a lot of practice and adjusting…but I really believe that keeping a higher vibration during what would otherwise be a stressful or tense situation, can help change the entire outcome. Thoughts are energy; and the more we can be aware of what we’re filling the space with, the better – seriously.
So to anyone who thinks all of these travel adventures are without hiccups, now you know! ; )
Korea was so special. The people were ridiculously kind, and friendly, and would attempt all kinds of conversations with you regardless of the obvious language barrier. There is culture and history everywhere you look. The transportation is a breeze. This was an all-around amazing adventure.
Thanks for all the memories – until next time, Seoul ❤