Yesterday I left YongSan for the first time and went into Seoul. I must admit I had a few butterflies in my stomach, but was also excited. I went with my new friend Ginny. Ginny took me to a little Korean grocery store where I bought fresh bananas, strawberries and some sort of citrus fruit, they look like miniature oranges but are very tart. Anyway, after the grocery store we went to her apartment. This is a view from her apartment window. There are some very cool things about Korean apartments; my favorite thing is that the on/off switch for the water at the kitchen sink is on the floor. You just step on the left side and the water turns on, step on the right side and the water turns off. There is also a spot you step on and the water turns on briefly. I love it....great for when working with raw meats. This feature will be in my dream house. We also went to lunch at a little Korean BBQ restaurant...I wish I had my camera, but I left it in her apartment. The food was very good. There was only one thing I didn't much care for and that was this.....
I don't know how well you can see this, but it is little bitty dehydrated fish, they look like minnows to me, heads are on. They served them fried at the restaurant. I tried them several times before I decided I did not like them. It was like eating fish Jerky. Staci, you would have gagged just looking at them.
On the way home from lunch we stopped at the war memorial where they were having a changing of the guards ceremony. This is a band walking up to play at the ceremony. Check out all the flowers and greenery, this is everywhere in Seoul. Everything is amazingly clean - I love it!
This is in the subway. If you are ever in the subway in Korea and get lost, you can always find your way out, as every exit is marked with "way out". Speaking of clean, Molly even you would be impressed with the subways. The floors sparkled. No joke, they sparkled. I will have to take a picture of that the next time I am in the subway.