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Malls, malls, malls! And no pictures because my battery was dead :-(

Yesterday was a looong day!  We went to Sunyoung’s mother’s church where I understood maybe 10 words that were said.  I did sing the song though; “축복합니다”, which means something like “may God bless you”.  I did a pretty good job, but there’s a portion where the singing gets really fast, and I’m just not that fast at reading Korean yet :-)

After church, we went out to meet Sonia’s friends at the COEX mall.  It was a long bus ride + a long Metro ride to Samsung-dong.  When we got there, we stayed underground the entire time – from the metro, through Hyundai department store, into COEX mall, I didn’t see light after about 3:30 pm that day.  We walked around the mall for a while, just looking for a place to eat that wasn’t terribly crowded. On the way, we spotted a Kimchi museum, but didn’t get a chance to go in before it closed. Something for next time :-)

We settled on “Mr. Pizza“, whose slogan is “Love for women”…???  Beyond that slogan, there was nothing terribly off about the place. It was Korean-style pizza, which means…well, dough + stuff. We ended up getting the “Potato Pizza“, an amalgam of potato, mushroom, corn, bacon, beef, and onion.

So good. No sauce, but there was cheese in the crust (Cheese cap pizza).

So good. No sauce, but there was cheese in the crust ("Cheese cap pizza").

After pizza, we met Sunyoung’s friends for coffee and I was interviewed for about an hour. I tried my best to speak and understand Korean, but this language is damn hard. Much respect for those who can actually speak this crazy language… I’m very glad her friends understood enough English.

Jayson, if you’re reading this, remember Sonia’s friend Sae Min? Yeah, she said hi to ya, heh.

Anyway, it’s Monday now and I think the rest of the house is waking up. I’ll probably head upstairs soon when 할머니 (grandmother) calls for breakfast, as per usual.

Today I think we’re going to another observatory tower, and I’m not sure what else. Either way, it’s turning out to be a wonderful vacation so far!

~Chris

압구정동, 서울대학교, and 와플

We went to Sonia’s old school today – 서울대학교 (Seoul National University).

Outside SNU's new art museum, which was under construction when she left.

Outside SNU's new art museum, which was under construction when she left.

They wouldn’t let us take pictures inside the museum.  You can see a few pictures of works here at the Museum of Art’s website.  Click on 현재전시.

So we stuck it to them by taking pictures OUTSIDE!  Ha!

Waffles with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.  Tasty and only 700 원 (60 cents)!

Waffles with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Tasty and only 700 원 (60 cents)!

Keep in mind we hadn’t eaten anything except for early breakfast.

Sonia's old college at SNU.  There's a newer building behind it but I didn't get a good picture of it...

Sonia's old college at SNU. There's a newer building behind it but I didn't get a good picture of it...

We went to a place called “Mad for Garlic” for dinner, after walking forever and being really lost!

Mad for (at?) Garlic

Mad for (at?) Garlic

Mad at Camera.

Mad at Camera.

Garlic and Sweet Potato pizza.  Pretty interesting.  Arugula was unadvertised.

Garlic and Sweet Potato pizza. Pretty interesting. Arugula was unadvertised. Not Mad at that though.

After dinner we ended up at a Cafe (Cafe Star) for waffles and hot chocolate :-)

A fabled Korean dish known as 바나나카라멜소스 피캔 와플.  Also known as "Banana Caramel Sauce Pecan Waffle".  Yeah.

A fabled Korean dish known as 바나나카라멜소스 피캔 와플. Also known as "Banana Caramel Sauce Pecan Waffle". Literally it says "pa na na ka ra mael so seu p'i kaen wapul". Yeah...

Waffles gone!

Waffle ALL GONE!

Waffle ALL GONE!

A great day in terms of food and walking around :-)

More pictures are up at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2083651&l=ce9dc&id=5400263.

Anyway, time for breakfast and church, then walking around the town!

~Chris

경복궁, 인사동, and MILLER TIME.

We started out yesterday pretty early, and headed to the Jongno-Insadong area.

We saw a palace from the 14th century named 경복궁 (Gyeongbokgung):

Hongremun entrance gate at Gyeongbokgung (palace from the 14th century)

Hongremun entrance gate at Gyeongbokgung (palace from the 14th century)

Geunjeongjeon Ilwon - imperial throne room

Geunjeongjeon Ilwon - imperial throne room

It’s an old palace with a lot of history.  Constructed in 1395 by King Taejo, it was destroyed during the Japanese invasion of 1592, reconstructed in 1868, and affronted by the Japanese Government-General building until about a decade ago, when the building was demolished (much to the happiness of Koreans worldwide).

I’m not going to put up that many more pictures from the palace; just a few.  The rest are viewable here.

Underground heating.

Underground heating.

Throne room in Geunjeongjeon

Throne room in Geunjeongjeon

See?  She has a brochure.  Proves we were really there.

See? She has a brochure. Proves we were really there.

After the palace, we walked to 인사동 (Insadong) for some more shopping and eating.

A Korean restaurant? In Korea? Whodathunkit.

A Korean restaurant? In Korea? Whodathunkit.

Food at 두대문집 (in Insadong)

Food at 두대문집 (in Insadong). We also ordered 해물 파전 (seafood pancake) and 순두부 (a spicy tofu soup)

Make you happy is all you need.

Make you happy is all you need.

We did some more shopping and walking and talking.

I found out that it was in fact Miller Time.

Miller time always seems to sneak up on me.

Miller time always seems to sneak up on me.

…and then we ended up at OMUTO TOMATO (Firefox will probably complain that the site is an attack site, but it seems to be okay…).  Their specialties include the OMURICE – a fluffy egg omelette stuffed with rice, and surrounded with other food (vegetables, meat, etc).  We had the “Golden Roll” – a deep fried beef roll.

Omurice Golden Roll!

Omurice Golden Roll!

Great stuff.  Anyway, it’s bedtime here (11 pm), and I’ll upload tomorrow what I have done today!