Yesterday was Glenn’s second visit to Seoul, and we had a great day. We went to the part of Seoul called Itaewon, which is an area that caters to tourists: between the shops and street vendors, you can find anything there from clothing to electronics. Because of all the tourists, it’s got a very international feel and you can find any type of cuisine there from Mexican to Bulgarian. Itaewon has a cool vibe and there is a lot to see as you walk along the main street.
We started with a bit of shopping since Glenn needed a pair of black shoes to wear with his suit, and more black socks. We got his socks from a street vendor and got the shoes from a guy who owns a leather shoe store and claims that all of the shoes are handmade in his store. Whether that’s true or not, Glenn was very happy with the shoes he bought. We spent some time checking out a couple of tailors (there are literally at least 2 tailor shops on every block in Seoul), so he was in his element. In addition to all that, he ended up buying a nice black sweater that he can wear as an alternate to one of his dress shirts. Because of the pre-MBA students (who are arriving today and forcing us to work on a Sunday), we have to dress more professionally than we had been before.
What did I get on our shopping spree? Only 2 pairs of socks. I think we know who the girl is in this relationship. 🙂 (Kidding!)
In Itaewon, most of the shops and vendors are along the main road, which stretches for about a mile. By the time we had made our way from one end to the other, it had been over an hour and we were starving. We found an Indian restaurant and decided to have a late lunch there. The food was delicious, though I wouldn’t call it “authentic,” more like “imitation.” Glenn was amused that none of the staff members were Indian. I was amused that he thought the staff would all be Indian.
After lunch, we walked around a bit more and I showed him some of the places I had been to before. As we were standing in front of Taco Amigos, which serves the best Mexican food in all of Seoul, we saw frantic waving coming from inside the restaurant. We looked and saw 2 of our co-workers from EV! We went in and chatted for a few minutes before we took off again and looked for a place for me to buy a phone. We found a little hole-in-the-wall place, which, as it turns out, is where most EVers buy their phones from. Within about 20 minutes, I had myself a Korean cell phone. After 4 months, it was time. I’m sure my peers at EV will be looking out the window to see if pigs are flying.
Just down the block from the phone place was the Rocky Mountain Tavern, a Canadian bar. We went inside just to check it out, and I took a couple of pictures of it. We’ll come back one day when Glenn is feeling homesick. 🙂
After having walked around so much, we decided to rest for a bit and found a coffee shop. We sat there for a couple of hours and meanwhile, it was getting dark outside. We were both having a great time jus sitting, talking, and people-watching, but we started to get hungry again and decided to check out an Egyptian restaurant we had seen during our walking earlier. We orderd a mixed grill to share, which had 2 kinds of chicken and steak sitting on rice and surrounded by vegetables. It was so good! The Indian and Egyptian food was a nice break from eating Korean all the time.
After dinner, we checked out a salsa club that was right next to the subway station. It was pretty earlier and being a Saturday night, it wouldn’t get crowded until around 11:00pm, but we had to catch the bus back to Paju then and so we planned to leave at 10:30. We were still able to do some dancing, and I met a Korean lady who’s a salsa instructor at another club in Seoul. She told me about another club that will be opening up soon and I think we just might have to check it out then!
It was a fun, successful day, and we were both pretty tired as we were heading back to the bus stop at Hapjeong station. As we were exiting the station to go up to the bus stop, we ran into some other EVers. So, we got to hang out with them on the bus ride home and then finally called it a night around midnight when we got back to our apartment. What a great day!