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Holiday travel to Seoul (with PICS!)

Friday, January 06, 2012

Happy (late) holidays to everyone! I have been MIA for a while now, but I have good reasons. First, finals - I survived, somehow, even though I doubted I would! Then, as soon as finals were over, we packed up and have been in Seoul, S. Korea for the last few weeks. My husbands family lives there, so we travel there most years.

What an incredible trip! I had a hard time with food this time around. I usually LOVE Korean food, but this trip started out with an accidental order of curdled blood soup (gag!!!). I couldn't eat it, and from that point on I was suspicious of everything! Doesn't it look gross?

We also had sea cucumber, abalone, and jellyfish - all things out of the ocean that I never realized were even edible! :) They were okay, but definitely not something I would ever want to eat again. Otherwise, the food was fantastic. My favorite meals were at a Buddhist temple restaurant (all vegan food), and a homemade dinner at his parents house.

We also ate street food, which was all so tasty, but NOT the big pot of boiled insects!!

We did tons of walking and sightseeing. I am proud to say that I did well with both eating and working out, and actually lost a pound! Aside from walking, I did a resistance band workout in my bedroom 6 times during the 2 weeks. My trainer made this workout for me, and it was so great to have a quick workout to do with no weights! It was hard, because a lot of the exercises were done on the floor, and Koreans use radiant heat (under the floor), so doing pushups on a hot floor was weird :) But, I still did it.

This is the view of Seoul from his parents home. This is not even "downtown", and it is insanely crowded. Fun fact: Seoul is over twice as dense in population as NYC!

And these are random pictures of sightseeing, palaces in Seoul, and a funny "english" sign:

This sign says: This is a traditional stone bridge. which has no guard rail. Take care the drop and watch out your step, please We don't take responsibility for an accident happended by your fault. :)

And, finally - it is COLD in Korea! It was about 10-20 most days. Brrrr!!!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DOTSLADY 1/24/2012 9:25AM

    My DH has a good Korean friend. His dad was an old timer in the military - very strict person. DH Korean's friend is so smart - it must be the food (not much gluten)?! ;0) Kimchi ... good stuff. I'd have lived off it. Curdled blood ... I'd have to work on that. LOL. Octopus ... anything slithery makes me gag ('scuse me while I gag thinking about it). I wish I were more adventurous.

I appreciate your personal pics and story. Thanks for sharing.

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FITFRANNIEK 1/24/2012 8:49AM

    aww you look adorable! and such fun pictures! glad you had a good trip and congrats on that lb down!!

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SKYLMT3 1/11/2012 11:33AM

    Looks like an amazing trip and you look wonderful!

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SUSIEGKORN 1/7/2012 12:31AM

    Looks like a good end of 2011 and nice beginning of 2012 for you! Glad you got to make the trip and de-stress a bit before the new semester starts. Way to go on losing a pound, working out and figuring out what to eat with the interesting variety of food!

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ANEWBETHSTL 1/6/2012 7:26PM

    It looks beautiful there! OK the soup...YECK! LOL...I don't blame you for not wanting to eat that LOL

So glad you were able to workout and emoticon on losing a pound...any loss on vacation is emoticon

So glad you had a great trip!

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RANDOM00B 1/6/2012 7:23PM

    Awesome pictures. Also, you look great!!!

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SPLASHDOG1 1/6/2012 5:44PM

    How wonderful that you can go over there and stay with family! It looks like a fabulous trip! I had no idea that one could eat jellyfish. I'm going to have to go out on the internet and see how that's done! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

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JAMIEHORN20 1/6/2012 2:51PM

    What a fun time! Except for the yucky food. I love funny English signs, especially since I was an English major. They're such a reminder of just how odd our language is and how difficult it must be to learn!

Glad you had a good trip. Kudos to you for working out, no less! Woo hoo!

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