So it’s been a while since I’ve been able to update my blog. I’ve been away visiting my relatives in Korea and returned late last night. I’ll start with my Friday night in Seoul (crazy), followed by my road trip to visit family over the rest of the weekend.
First a few more facts about Korea:
1) Koreans really respect their elders. Elders are treated with the utmost respect in Korean society. Subways have separate seats where only elders or the disabled can sit. Even if the subway is full, you don’t sit in their seats.
2) Koreans can be the nicest most helpful people. When asked a question, Koreans generally will go out of the way to help you and make you feel comfortable.
3) Do not get in the way of a Korean when they want to get somewhere. Getting to an exit or if going from A to B, watchout! It’s a free-for-all shovefest, usually led by the ajumas (elder ladies)!.
4) Koreans are deftly afraid of the sun. While most people don’t mind the sun, some take extreme care not to expose any of their skin to the sun. This includes wearing a massive visor that sometimes covers the whole face, a face mask, jacket, scarf and white gloves plus using an umbrella.
5) Family means everything to Koreans. I found this out firsthand this weekend.
Friday in Apgujeong
So it’s Friday night and I was really itching to hit the town. I cruised over to Apgujeong (the Yorkville part of Seoul) and met up with a friend for drinks at this bar called Traibecca. This place was gorgeous. Great layout, great interior design, very comfy and was able to order any type of drink that you usually can’t get at other korean bars. Mind you the prices for drinks were about $15 each.
Had a few drinks there, then headed over to one of the biggest clubs in Seoul called Circle Club. My friend Allyson was there and has the hookups, so were able to avoid the $30US cover and head inside. The club was awesome, very unique design. The main bar sits up on this circular platform that is surrounded by seating areas (for bottle service) and the platform slowly turns in a circle through out the night (at about a foot a minute). So if you’re standing there talking to someone, you’ll look up and see something completely different. Pretty cool.
Started pounding back drinks (at $10US each) and was feeling great after about an hour. The best thing about going out in Korea is that there’s no last call, so it’s easy to get totally wrecked. My friend Allyson took me to the VIP room where I met, one of the most famous stylists to the stars and had a few drinks though drinks there were $20US each. Apparently some big TV star was there too but I had no idea who he was. Women were super hot too. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics and the pics I took sucked, so I won’t bother posting them.
So before I know it, it’s something like 4:30AM and I’m a complete waste case. Allyson suggests we go get some food and I of course was totally in! Went to this place full of other drunkards and ordered some Galbi-Tang, which is this soup with rice and noodles and Galbi-beef. Wish I could say I loved it, but quite frankly I don’t remember even eatting anything (hehe). So then it was like 5:30AM and it was time to go home. No idea how I was able to get the cab driver to the right intersection to drop me off but by some miracle I arrived at my hotel. Ran around for about 20 minutes looking for a bankmachine so I could buy 1 cookie, 1 donut and a popsicle from the 7-11 (I had to use my credit card in the end), made it home and passed out.
I was supposed get up at 9:00AM so I could catch an 11:00 train to Busan but I didn’t wake up until 10:30AM. Managed to call my uncle and tell him there were no more trains til 1:30PM. So I managed to get myself together, packed and out the door to make it to Seoul Station for the train to Busan. While there, I went to this fast food chain called Lotteria which is like a McDonald’s (I actually thought I was at McDonald’s until after I got my food). The menu there was quite crazy. Had no idea what to order, settled on the Shrimp Burger which was actually super good. Anyways, now I’m off to Busan to start my family tour.