I’m currently back in the States, which is where I finally find some time to catch up on the many posts on my trip back to Korea. Originally, it was supposed to be 26 days of me reminiscing and catching up with my old life and old friends, but when one of my friends (then two and, finally, three) caught wind of my impending trip, I found myself with travel buddies and I planned a cross-country tour:
I was rather excited, though slightly apprehensive; I was showing them where I had lived and grown to love. The pressure was on, especially since 1/2 of them are strict vegetarians who don’t eat onion or garlic and Korea… well, Korea’s not very good with the vegetarian portion of their restrictions, never mind that last part. Good thing I like challenges. Either way, the Korean tour itself centered on the 12.5 days one of my friends would be there for as he was there for the shortest period, from the night of October 8 to the morning of October 20. We would start from Seoul with a day trip to the DMZ and then make our way through some of the highlights of Korea…
My friend was a guy whereas my other travel mates are female, so once I found out how shopping bored him out of his mind, I focused on a couple of must-go places like–
Then, there’s the food. Although it was a little difficult at times to find sustenance that would feed all of my friends, we did come across a good amount of goodies; it was a lot less harder than I had thought!
We also made reservations at a temple-run restaurant that specialised in works of art that doubled as vegetarian food. We chose the 15-course set meal. I was stuffed… here’s a sample of what we had!
Yes, Seoul treated us well the first couple of days we were there. My friend liked it, but I just think he’s just easy to please, or perhaps he was just happy that I stopped taking him to shopping areas, haha.