|Our sunset view from our hotel|
We planned our visit for the first week of May when she would have a few days off work for Buddha's birthday and International Childrens Day. Our flight into Seoul landed around 9:30 at night and she was at the airport to greet us and navigate our way to our hotel. We were staying at a Courtyard south of the city as her apartment is a 300 square foot studio with little room for the 3 of us. Travel to our hotel was a blur and I think I fell asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow after 27 hours of travel time.
|View from the room|
We started the next day with lunch in the mall connected to our hotel. Ironically our daughter had been craving Mexican food - which there isn't a plethora of in Seoul - and there was a Mexican restaurant nearby so we started our visit to Korea with a Tex-Mex meal.
She took us to one of her favorite hangouts first - Yeouido Hangang Park by the Han River overlooking the city. There were lots of families riding bikes and playing in the water. I was surprised at all the tents set up - in the US the people would be camping and sleeping in them. But here they are for protection from the sun and enjoying the outdoors. We sat by the water and had ice cream - well, H and I did, Mr. UR had a beer. I can see why she likes it so much here.
|Did you know there is a Little Mermaid statue in Seoul?|
Then we headed to a dog cafe. Yep - a dog cafe. When we were discussing some of the things we wanted to do in Seoul, H wanted us to experience an animal cafe. They have dog cafes, cat cafes, owl cafes, and prairie dog cafes. We told her to take us to any of them. So we went to one of her favorite dog cafes. (The dog cafe was in Hongdae or more specifically, Hapjeong)
There are two rooms in the cafe - the front room is for small dogs and the back, and larger, room is for larger dogs. You don't pay a fee to enter but you do buy drinks - I had a smoothie - which is how they earn their income. We sat in a booth in the large dog room and drank our drinks while watching the dogs. There were all different breeds - and some I had never seen before. Patrons are invited to bring their own dogs in also - and there was an outsider dog who was stirring things up. He just wanted to play but I think he was upsetting the apple cart a bit.
Immediately, this cute little dog - who had obviously snuck into the large dog room when no one was looking - jumped up into our booth and attached himself to Mr. UR. He was barking at him like he was talking to him and wouldn't leave his side. And when we left he was watching him and barking at him still. He really had a connection with him!
Our evening was spent in H's favorite bar in the neighborhood of Hongdae.
I'd love to tell you the name - or it's address - but I couldn't even if I tried. We just call it the Vinyl Record Bar because there is a DJ spinning records and album covers are on the wall. We arrived early - cause we're old and jet lag is real - so it wasn't crowded yet. The barmaid gave us snacks - something that looked like packing peanuts - and seaweed. We weren't a fan of either but H likes them both. As the bar grew more crowded, the patrons started singing along and were having a great time. But as I said, jet lag is real so we took a stroll around the very crowded Hongdae area and then headed back to the hotel.
|A very crowded Hongdae|
It was a good first day. But as any mom whose children live far away - small or grown - know that a day with your kids is always a good day!
This blog is part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox and Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute!