As you may have sort of guessed, I’ve hit my wall in Korea. I’m ready to go.
Not to say that I’m not currently enjoying myself, or that I don’t like Korea, because that’s not true, but it’s just definitely time to move on. I’m a true Sagittarius, I gotta roam! I’m at that point of my time in Korea where I’ve been here long enough that I’ve seen everything I want to see, I have my routine, my favorite restaurants to go to, my favorite bars. I’m a creature of habit, and when I find something I like, I tend to stick to it.
But now that it’s getting colder and the time keeps ticking, I find myself sort of freaking out that I’m leaving in 4 months. FOUR. 220.127.116.11. EEK. I’ve been trying to get out more often, explore new areas and take more photos of my time here. I went on the DMZ Tour (so awesome, and a post is definitely coming soon), visited the Suwon Fortress, tried a few new restaurants in Seoul, and discovered my new go-to cafe area.
I heard about Pangyo cafe street from a few Tumblr bloggers and people on the Bundang group on Facebook, but no one could tell me how to get there. After months of putting it off, I just said fuck it, and decided to try and find it myself. So glad I did! If you’re in the Bundang area, the easiest way I can tell you to get there is to take the subway to Seohyeon station, and search for Craftworks Pangyo in your GPS. Just follow the walking directions! I think it took maybe 10 minutes, at the most 15. The walk was so pretty!
On my way out of the door, I decided to snap this picture. This is the wall of a kindergarten right outside of my apartment. I’m assuming they let the little kids go wild with the paint. It’s so pretty, and definitely adds a nice touch of color to my otherwise drab neighborhood.
I snapped these pictures on the walk to Pangyo cafe street. Early October is easily my favorite time of year in Korea. The weather is beautiful, and everything is still lush and green. I miss it already!
I found that Pangyo cafe street was not nearly as crowded as Jukjeon cafe street. Pangyo was quiet, peaceful, and much, much larger than Jukjeon. It seems like a lot of the spaces were unoccupied, so I’m sure that Pangyo will probably have a huge boom over the next few months. Pangyo cafe street covers everything that I love about the cafe scene in Korea: lots of tiny, independent cafes with their own spin on things. Adorable cafes will probably be the #2 thing I’ll miss about living in Korea (#1 is obviously Korean cosmetics…I’m already crying about how much I’ll have to ship home).
Even though I gotta save a majority of my money for my trip home (HELLO SEPHORA AND TARGET I’M DREAMING OF YOU!!!), I’m still carving out some days to enjoy myself. I’m having dinner with one of my close friends tomorrow, and on Saturday night I’m going to a meet-up party. What are you up to this weekend?