I actually started this post last night but got too tired to finish it, haha! Anyways, I got into Incheon Internal Airport early Friday morning with only a scattered sleep on the plane. Y’know, the old nodding yourself awake thing. I just can’t sleep on planes. Anyway, got to the city and was in good spirits to be somewhere new so I just got on with things. Got myself on the subway and found my hostel easy enough – the subway is remarkable, very straight-forward to use and goes all over the city. Anyway, the first day was just getting a feel for my surroundings, admiring all the big buildings and that. Found myself in a market area, totally bustling with all sorts of shops and restaurants, eventually finding supper in a wee place tucked away down one of the alleys; a fine dumpling and rice cake soup which didn’t actually smell too appealing at first, but the more I at it the more I enjoyed it.
Despite being knackered, I was determined to do something more worthwhile with my day, I consulted The Internets™ and came across the War Memorial of Korea. So I ventured out for a nosey, it was quite good. The displays were decent but some of the storytelling was a bit dry. The most astonishing thing was the extent to which the size of South Korea was reduced following the North Korean invasion in 1950.
I retired to the hostel for the night, and one of the staff members offered to get us (myself and a Dutch gentleman by the name of Robbert) an order of fine Korean food and we offered to get some beer in return. Cue some delicious spiced pork kimchi amongst other things, and the consumption of beer and soju. The Korean fella was impressed at how easily we drank it, but at 20% proof it’s no whiskey. At about 11 I went for some kip, and woke up at 2:30pm the next day… ah…
Today I was determined to go up the big hill behind the hostel to see N Seoul Tower. There’s a cable car up to the peak of the hill but I was feeling ambitious and decided to tackle it on foot. It’s very warm in Korea right now so I fairly worked up a bit of a sweat, but managed no problem. From the top of the hill there are beautiful views of the city, with even better views from the observation decks of the tower.
At night, Robbert and myself went to get some food and to catch up with someone he’d met for party times, a gentleman named Benjamin. The city really comes to life at night, so busy and well lit up, it’s an amazing atmosphere. We chowed down on some manner of Korean stew with all sorts of vegetables, rice cakes, meat and dumplings. All the food is amazing here, I’m tellin’ ya. So we met up with Benjamin and his pals and went partying, found some pretty awful clubs but made the most of it anyway. We stayed up until the subway opened again so didn’t get back to the hostel until 7am. Yeah, they know how to party here.
You know what? I was going to write up until at least the end of Seoul Times, but I’m knackered and need my bed. Lucky you! I’ll carry on chronicling my adventures tomorrow, I’m due a relaxing day off 😀