So, the last two days have been pretty shitty. I decided that it would be best if I just staying in the hotel room and watch Mad Men episodes and eat snacks, so that is what I did all day yesterday.
Today, I woke up with a plan to do something, anything, even though it was raining pretty hard. There is this thing outside of my window, and I had no idea what it was, so my first goal was to walk to it and check it out. It is called the Namdaemun Gate, and it is the first National Treasure of Korea.
Next, I was super hungry and didn’t want to eat overpriced food at the hotel, so I walked down the street towards the subway station until I reached a restaurant that looked good. I even saw a Subway (eat fresh!) on the way there. I don’t speak a word of Korean, so I just walked in, and said “Bibimbap” the name of one of the 5 Korean dishes that I knew, and prayed that they had it. They did! It was only KRW 5,500 (around US$ 4.77).
After that I went to the National Museum of Korea. There is not much to say about it, a museum is a museum is a museum, but I will say that I learned that Korea is old. Like, stone age old. Like paintings on rocks old. I didn’t know that. I also learned, that if you are a black person in a Korean museum, you are on exhibit as well!
Next up was the Namsangol Hanok Village. It is a village where traditional Korean houses were restored. It was pretty cool to see how the houses looked and all of the rooms that they had.
I returned to the hotel around 8pm and am now doing my most favorite thing in the world…eating snacks, drinking alcohol, and watching a movie. There is a kiddy movie on tv, and even though it sucks, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in it, so that makes up for the teenagers in it. He fine.
Another super thing about today, is that all of the places that I went had no entrance fee! So today, I spent less than US $20, and that includes food, liquor, snacks, and subway rides!
I am glad that I made an effort to get out and explore the city a little. The subway station is pretty convenient and everyplace is close to a station. Also, whenever I looked confused, people came up and tried to help me!!! That never happened in Singapore! So I can say, so far, Korean people are a nice people. I have to admit, it is a little scary to be in a city that I have never been before, but as long as I don’t die, I will just count whatever happens as an adventure!