With only a few days left of my trip to Seoul, I decided to do one last thing…take a self-tour using the Seoul City Tour bus, which is a “hop on-hop off” bus. For one price (12,000 won or about $12.00) you can ride this bus all day and hop on at any of the pre-determined stops and also hop off at any of those stops to see attractions or sights.I thought it would be the perfect way to get to some of the places I still wanted to visit, but were too far to walk. Sounds easy right? Wrong. Continue reading
When you travel to a new city, country or tourist attraction what kind of souvenirs do you buy? When you come home is your suitcase packed full of souvenirs? Do you leave extra room in your suitcase when you are packing for a trip so you’ll have room for souvenirs? I tend to overpack….so I don’t usually have a lot of extra space in my suitcase. But I don’t really need it because my favorite things to bring home don’t take up a lot of room or cost a lot of money. I don’t want to have a house full of “stuff” that collects dust. Or have to sit on my suitcase to close it. I told you I went shopping in my previous post, but I didn’t tell you what I was looking for or what I bought. So here is a list of what I brought home from this trip (and bring home from most every other trip I take): Think FLAT and PAPER. Continue reading
Over the week-end when my daughter wasn’t working, we wandered into the city to do a little shopping and spend some of this. I just love the look of foreign currency!She also wanted to take me to the City Hall Building. Sounds a little strange to want to visit City Hall, but the new building has a unique architectural design….it resembles a “wave” and has an observation deck good for city viewing. Continue reading
Time for another USO tour. I almost didn’t take this tour….David had taken this tour a few years ago when he was on a business trip to Seoul. He loved it, but I wasn’t sure it was for me. It involved the military….touring a military facility. Hmmmm, not my thing. But when you have the chance to do something that not many people can do….unless you go on this tour, which is one of the most popular tours in Seoul, I decided to go. And what is this thing that not many people can claim to have done? Why actually step foot in North Korea!
The USO tour I took was the DMZ & JSA tour (Korean Demilitarized Zone and Joint Security Area). You have to sign up for this tour at least 4 days in advance so your passport can be checked and you can be cleared by security to go. Continue reading