Day 4Today started off with a visit to the department of external affairs... again. Unfortunately my roomie was not feeling too well. The people there are just so wonderful and kind, so it was nice to see them again regardless of the unfortunate circumstance.
We got our uniforms today in tae kwan do! Tae kwan do, from the perspective of a person who does not do any sports at all, is pretty interesting. I like doing the stretches and warm up exercises but when it comes down to the actual kicking and patterned movements, I'm royally screwed. Coordination is something that I lack. But when I really think about it, it's totally fine if I don't learn anything special because I can't exactly use tae kwan do in Scarbs/TO can I? What I need to learn is how to disarm someone. (Yes, I did ask my instructor how to disarm someone and he just said to run.)
|CTEP ready for action!|
|Is he an asian celebrity? There was a small group of people surrounding him.|
|Korea and the chunky stairs.|
|pretty walls in the alleyway|
|giant robot in front of a cartoon museum|
|KDrama fun fact: (Boys Over Flowers) Geum Jan Di and Goo Jun Pyo rode the gondola here|
|we found the cable car!|
|waiting in line to get on the gondolas|
|Off the gondola and almost there!|
|so close I can taste it! Here's a Korean vending machine in case you were wondering how one would look like.|
(kidding, she didn't drink out of that)
|ohh pretty tree!|
|There is it! Nam Seoul Tower|
|Here we are!|
|We found Canada!|
|At the observatory deck, people can buy cards to write their wish and attach it to the tree|
The deck demographics: 55% couples, 20% families, 35% tourists.
Korean couples are the cutest! The man holds the bag, they cuddle in a PG sort of way, they wear matching clothes, they proclaim their love on blocks of woods, they lock themselves on the wall of the N Seoul Tower..... (is this getting too cheesy?)
|writing on wood|
|locks of love|
|instead of climbing those chunky stairs, we found an outdoor elevator|
If I could describe my experience in Nam Seoul Tower in one word, it would be magical.
Looking at the city on the observatory deck of the tower made me realize that:
a) Seoul is a beautiful city
b) I'm actually in Korea
c) I've fallen in love with the city
It's so surreal to think that I'm actually here.
Living in Korea.
(It already makes me sad to think about leaving this city and the lovely people I have already met.)
The cable car ride = 75000 won (adult)