We started day 4 in Seoul with an early lunch in Insa-dong. Here we had our first disappointing meal! nooooo
The appetisers were the usual Korean affair, and good (I really liked the tofu – the sauce was spicy and the tofu was cool, a nice combination):
And Paul’s chicken bulgogi was good, though he likened its taste to fajitas, so I’m not sure how authentic it really was:
But that’s about where the goodness ended! The coke on the menu was actually pepsi, my persimmon tea was just a few sad little leaves floating in lukewarm water, and my beef bibimbap was meh with a few limp octopus tentacles hidden away in there.
It seems like the restaurant spent all its money on a fancy front but skimped on the food. Alas! I’ll have to find my delicious bibimbap elsewhere!
Afterwards, we went to a Korean tea shop, and our disappointment over the poor lunch was soothed by the amazing tea and snacks.
After the amazing green plum tea and jujube tea the day before, I decided to try another Korean tea I’ve never had before: five-spice tea. True to its name, it had all five flavours – sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and hot. I enjoyed it!
We also ordered Korean rice cakes (yugwa) traditional cookies (yakgwa), and homemade red bean jelly (yanggaeng).
The yugwa (rice cake thingies) were my favourite! They were surprisingly light, and though they were very airy, they were also pleasantly chewy.
Afterwards, we decided to head back to the Hanok Village (though we ended up wandering around just outside of it instead). We noticed at once a huge police presence this day; there were buses lining the streets for blocks. It was a bit intimidating at first – when we came up the stairs from the train, the stairwell we needed to go up was lined with police officers with shields on both sides. They let us pass, though!
Turns out there was a huge protest that day. We were actually walking right for it, though we never reached it.
We found ourselves in a beautiful little shopping area just north of Gyeongbokgung Palace. We wandered the main shopping roads and the narrow alleyways climbing into hilly neighbourhoods. As we got into the swankier part of town, steep steps led away from the road up amidst countless cafes, restaurants, and shops.
We eventually settled ourselves in a lovely little waffle house, directly overlooking an intersection blocked off by police. Despite that, foot traffic continued, we decided not to worry about it, and we settled in for a pleasant couple hours nibbling on waffles and sipping coffee with our kindles.
Jansen had returned from Jeju by then, so we leisurely made our way back to the Airbnb to rest up before going out for New Year’s Eve.
Later in the evening, we headed to Itaewon, a real hip area with a ton of bars and clubs.
We ended up at Fat Albert’s, where we had some fantastic burgers, fish and chips, and drinks!
Afterwards we ended up in another bar called Cloud 9. The menu was interesting, to say the least!
I got the “orgarsm.” It was okay.
We stayed there for a little while, but the floor-shaking music and full-volume scrubbing by the DJ drove us out forty-five minutes before midnight. (We were also a little tired!) We decided to take the train home early. Unfortunately, for reasons we couldn’t understand, the train stopped at 11:59 one stop before the station by our Airbnb. Here’s our celebratory New Year’s photo!
We ended up taking a taxi home.
Anyways! Hope everyone has a fantastic and safe New Year’s Eve! 2017 is looking good so far. Love you all!
Until next time! またね、ddo bwayo!