6.18.2013

인사동

Exams are over and I finally have time to get some proper posts out before I begin classes again next week.


April 14, 2013

Finally I got to meet up with one of my friends who I met in Canada…


Meet JiEun (지은). She did her exchange last semester at MUN. We didn't even meet until after exams, but we hit it off right away. We met again in Toronto during the winter break. So a few several weekends ago we got to meet again!! So cool that we've now met three times in three different cities.

We had plans long before this to go to Insadong together, but something came up about three weeks in a row. So I was so excited when this actually happened. I took the subway, like a big kid, to meet her at Anguk station and the first thing we did was get some lunch.


So good… \^.^/
Chicken and beef


Now for some shopping. I started buying some stuff to bring back to Canada, so I obviously can't post here. haha You all have to wait so long for these. :P

We went into one shop that sells traditional clothing. So comfortable, but super expensive. 대학생이에요. 돈이없어요. ㅠㅠ haha whatevs. One of the aunties kept going on and on to JiEun about how pretty I am. Whaaa!!! Why all the aunties and uncles in Korea love me? Maybe one of them can adopt me so I can stay forever. ^^

Then we head to this part of Insadong that has a lot of shops. I can't remember the name.


From this picture the levels look flat, but it actually spirals up. Yay no stairs!!

First stop in here was a tea shop. There was free sampling of ginseng tea (인삼차). I really liked it, which I later found out is strange. Everyone says it's too bitter, but the bitterness is temporary. I think it's kind of sweet.


Then we walked our way up and popped into a few shops. Next we took some pictures in Hanbok. It was funny when we walked in cause buddy running the place says hi to us in Korean and then asks us if we speak Korean. haha I find out in following weeks that when it's just me with one other Korean, people will think my friend is a foreigner too. wtf He was super cool though. He speaks Korean, Japanese and English. wtf Marry me. While we were waiting for the booth to get free all of a sudden buddy comes up to me to dress me. ಥ◡ಥ ok sure!!! Get so close and take so much care of me. haha Felt a little awkward when he ties the front for me. I think this is what brides feel. I felt so special and then he put the headband on me. Ah, so much care. And making conversation with me the whole time to. Talking about Canada I think. Everyone loves Canada. lol ok enough gushing. 

haha Ok these style of pictures I super love. I was happy I decided to put on a face this day, but the computer makes you look really good too.

After we went to another part on the top level of this place. 

Couple of giraffes chillin

There's a whole walkway and trees covered with love notes.
 

Just around the corner is a huge mortar and pestle. You won't believe how long it took for me to find out what this thing's called. ಠ_ಠ

I feel just as awkward as I look

So much love. I will return here with 아저씨 and put one up.

My new friends

You see this everywhere

Little buddies at the base of a garden

We had this snack with red bean paste. It was good up until I hit a walnut. -__- I'm going to die here. I have eaten nut products or something with nuts in it about four or five already. 

Difficult to see cause it's an electronic sign, but this place you can get coffee and beer. I love this country.

View from café 
Mountains, palace and city life all in one picture

I had plum tea. Didn't know this existed. It was so sweet. When I go back I'd probably get this one again and completely ignore the extensive menu they have.

Even on the sign people leave their little messages

And on the fake tree inside

Another view from the café 

Made another friend

This was such a good day. Thank you so much JiEun for spending the day with me!! I had so much fun. 

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