Posts Written On October 2012

The Introverted Expat

I sort of hate people.

Not really.

But sort of.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been drawn towards being by myself. I don’t like group work. I don’t like big crowds. I don’t like making plans or having parties for tons of people. I like going places by myself because I never have to worry about time constraints or what someone does/doesn’t want to do. I need alone time to function. Being around large groups/parties/crowds is exhausting. Draining. It’s part of the reason why I feel like, as much as I’d want to go, I’ll never be able to go to a travel blogging conference. I definitely want to meet all of the lovely people I interact with on a daily basis, but the thought of having to talk to so many people makes my brain want to explode.

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Exploring Samcheong Ro and The Bukchon Hanok Village

Over Chuseok, Johnny and I really wanted to go visit an art gallery and/or a museum. We’re huge art lovers, and realized only recently that we hadn’t been to a museum or gallery here in Korea. One Google search later, we found out a huge concentration of the best art galleries in Seoul is along Samcehong Ro, near Gyeongbok Palace.

We found tons of art to lust over, and lots of really awesome art spaces. I even got a free Wanderlust poster from one of the galleries. WIN! I obviously didn’t take pictures inside the galleries, but if you’re an art lover, just go. You’ll be pleasantly pleased!

Along Samcheong Ro, you’ll find hip restaurants and cafes, clothing stores and adorable souvenir shops. I wanted to buy everything.

After we had enough art, we decided to explore the Bukchon Hanok Village, since we were so close. The Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and the Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The Bukchon Hanok village was home to the members of the royal family, as well as the high ranking government officials, during the Joseon Dynasty. Some of the traditional homes have been transformed into cafes or restaurants, and many of them are actually inhabited. I don’t even want to think about how much rent would cost to live in one of the homes.

The views from the Bukchon village are AMAZING! If you’re looking for a little history mixed with awesome architecture, cafes, and art, look no further.


Seoul Olympic Park: A Photo Essay

As some of you may know, this past weekend was Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving. Chuseok is probably the biggest holiday in Korea, and most everyone I know left the country or went traveling through S. Korea. Johnny got a laser treatment on his birthmark, so for the first few days of our vacation we were holed up in my apartment watching Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (pretty much the best TV show in the history of forever) and eating our lives away. We couldn’t take wasting any more gorgeous days cooped up inside, so we decided to go to a park and get some fresh air. We’d both never been to the Seoul Olympic Park, and it was such a good idea. The park is simply stunning! Tons of rolling green hills, ponds, fountains, trees, and art from the Olympic Sculpture Park. It was the perfect way to spend our day after feeling trapped for awhile.

How to get to the Seoul Olympic Park:
Head to Line 8, and take it to the Mongchontoseong stop, Exit 1. This will take you straight to the Peace Gate.