One of the things Pat and I do very well together is vacation. We both rise to the occasion for an adventure. We decided to spend the day touring Seoul and then have a nice dinner at the Dragon Hill (the hotel we went to for Thanksgiving). Before heading there, we had lunch at this great Thai buffet just off base. Yum!
Seoul really was an adventure. We followed one of the walking tours from the Lonely Planet guide, which felt like we were on a treasure hunt. Here were a few of the highlights....
At one point in the day, the subway was CRAZY! It was like DC after the July 4th fireworks. People were pushing to get on and finally giving up when the doors wouldn't close. You didn't have to hold onto anything when moving because we were so crammed in that there was nowhere to fall. I know this sounds horrendous to most of you, but it was only for a minute or two, and it was part of the adventure.
We found a couple groups of dancers/musicians like this during our day. To give you an example of why this felt like a treasure hunt, you can see a bridge in this picture (above). The directions would say something like, "cross the bridge, go down the steps on your left, then turn 180 degrees and walk for about 5 minutes until you see a small waterfall..."
The last leg of our tour before heading to dinner was to ride the cable car to Seoul Tower which gives a beautiful view of the city. The pictures don't do it justice, so you are just going to have to trust me on this one.
We also went through some of the shopping districts, including Namdemun market. We also frequented Starbucks (Pat was very happy) and Gap (although the prices there were WAY higher than the US). The final highlight after dinner was ice cream from the homemade ice cream stand with tons of great mix-in choices (it's my blog, so of course I had to include this). It was a great date to celebrate 6 wonderful years, and Adeline was a doll (of course) for the baby sitter and was asleep when we got home. Sweet!