After a very long flight from Vancouver, we made it safely to Seoul! We watched movies, played games, read books and tried to sleep away (with limited success) the twelve hour flight. What made the flight seem that much longer was the fact that we jumped forward through so many time zones. Flying across the International Date Line put us into Friday even though the sun didn't set. Strange.
So, as it turned out, we left Vancouver Thursday morning and arrived in Seoul Friday late afternoon running on very little sleep and feeling a little travel weary to boot. Auntie HJ picked us up at the Seoul-Incheon airport and drove us to their place, our home away from home for the next few weeks.
We decided to go for a little walk around the neighbourhood which was a great attempt at getting our second wind. We headed down to the Tan Chun waterway which is right around the corner from Jonathan and HJ's place.
This proved to be a great place to shoot a few pics :-)
From there, we hopped on a bus for a short ride to a district that had some food options for dinner.
We opted for a chicken dinner at a great little restaurant. All of the adults had the chicken soup which is loaded with a whole boiled chicken stuffed with sticky rice, chestnut, plum and ginseng. Using chopsticks and a spoon to clean the chicken and dispose of the bones proved to be a bit of a challenge but us foreigners rose to the occasion!
The girls opted for the roast chicken and did a pretty good job at eating their plates clean.
After dinner we wandered back to Jonathan and HJ's place. En route, we stopped to pick up a few groceries and I was surprised by the video screens embedded everywhere we looked. Great way to reinforce which kinds of yogurt can make you happy or which soft drinks will make you healthy. I'm guessing it's just a matter of time until this technology makes its way into grocery stores in the Western world.
So, we're just getting started with our Saturday morning here in Seoul. We've only got one day to explore before hopping on another plane to Osaka, Japan. If all goes well, we'll have another post to share this evening!