Day Eight: Departure Day
Our days in Seoul, South Korea have come to an end. It has been a wonderful experience here, both personally and professionally. The people I have met are all so different, yet so much the same in their love of making art, meeting people, and experiencing life. Their talent bowls me over!
So as I say goodbye, today I’ll just post a mish mash collage of the routine, the mundane and the outtakes….
I promised to talk about the transportation system…. There are 10 million people who live in Seoul. I think all of them are on the subway at rush hour!
And the steps….always the stairsteps up from deep underground due to the multiple underground layers of subways in the city….
Sometimes you get lucky with an escalator, it don’t count on it! There are shopping malls on each level of the subway. Mercantile must continue! Lol
For those that drive, they must park the car….somewhere!
But don’t let the meter expire if you self park on the street!
It didn’t occur to me until we were packing to leave that I did not show you pictures of our hotel room. It was small, but adequate. However, I will say, it is the first hotel I have ever stayed in that did not have a chest or space for folded clothes. Six hangers and our suitcases was our storage for the week!
Utilities were the craziest! As you entered the room, you pushed your room key into the slot by the door. This powered up Command Central where you selected which lights and outlets you wished to have work.
I will say, however, that this is also the first hotel I have ever stayed in where a heated toilet seat was standard! However, figuring out how to flush it was a bit of a challenge at first. (hint: you hit the white bar on top!)
The city scenes sometimes contained the familiar (see the McDonald’s sign deep at the end of the street?)…
…and sometimes just a little bit different….
Our coffee (with free refills!) and tangerine juice every morning at the hotel cafe.
Potted flowers and plants are everywhere — even on the rooftops — and a water truck comes by daily to water them.
Things I don’t want to ever forget that my pictures didn’t or can’t capture:
…the subway train doors closing with half the group on the train and half on the platform, and the horror Jung Won’s face as she cryptically mouthed “Go to the next stop!” as the train pulled away…
…crossing the river bridge to Incheon Airport and seeing the farm lands with blades of rice standing tall in the water….
…how the young people rent traditional costumes and dress up to stroll along the walking streets in honor of their heritage….
…the respect the Koreans show for others and the world around them and how their hand even seems to bow as they “present” or “offer” rather than “hand” something to you…
…the color feast against the backdrop of storefronts existing everywhere in this city….
…the big rounded eyes on the toys as to mimick the more rounded Oriental eyes of the Koreans…..
…the taste of green tea scones…❤️❤️❤️
Things I would do if I ever had the opportunity to come again:
…go to the DMZ
….get a Korean bath (massage and scrub!)
….go to the top of the Lotte World Tower that pricks the skyline!
Its been a great ride! Thanks for coming along!