Recapping a hectic month
Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
20Trip End Feb 22, 2009
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After our escapades on NYE we took it upon ourselves to get out and about on Friday and tour the other side of the river
We've also taken the opportunity to visit one of the local palaces and get some more piccies, although they aren't as spectacular in winter as they are in their full autumnal colour.
We've been skiing a few times, at two resorts, Yong Pyeong and High 1
We've also visited the DMZ which is an eerie experience, going through military checkpoints is kind of scary and it's amazing to be at the border of a country where this is hostility still (and which seems to be increasing even further).
The temperatures really dropped this week - in fact it hit -12 degrees on the 12th - our 7th wedding anniversary. We decided to visit Seoul Zoo that day which was a bit sad, most of the animals were in really small, really sad displays but there were some highlights, including the most kitsch seal and dolphin show we'd ever seen which was entirely in Korean and some lion cubs. The zoo only cost $3 for entry so we didn't expect anything big but it was all very dated and quite sad.
Yesterday we woke up to snow, the whole city was blanketed in white and it was still snowing for a little while so we got to experience the magic of failing snow. We of course took the opportunity to throw snowballs at each other and got some strange looks from the locals who obviously don't get very excited by snow. We also took the opportunity to visit Lotteworld - the world's largest indoor amusement park (it seems all the children in Seoul also thought yesterday would be a great day to visit the park as well and there were very looonnng lines for the rides) although we did make it on to a really good roller coaster and I even kept my eyes open for the whole ride
We ventured out to visit the local Sizzlers for dinner (just like home but with a heap of extras that we don't get - worth the trip!) and while we were walking to the restaurant we came across a park filled with ice sculptures. It's amazing what you come across in this city.
It's now 4 weeks until I get home and I am really looking forward to getting back to my real world. Sadly I have to do the next few weeks on my own until my replacement arrives for a weeks training but given I've already made it through three months I should be able to do this last part standing on my head. Take care all and I can't wait to catch up with you when I arrive home.