|Gold tub. Yes, I took a bath. Yes, it was awesome.|
|Walking in the park on the way to get noodles|
Then we went to a famous (at least to Koreans) restaurant for lunch. It's a jjajang place, which is hand-made noodles with black bean sauce with potatoes and peas and beef usually. We split a bowl of that and kimchi mandu, which were really spicy. It was very good. I also called my sister during lunch to wish her a happy early birthday because I wasn't sure I'd be able to talk to her later.
|Jjajang and mandu|
|Mixing the noodles|
After lunch we went to a coffee shop and got take-out coffees. Then we got in a cab and went to Olympic stadium. I had been before, but I ended up on the other side last time - this side was more of a park and had random sculptures all around it. When we first walked in, we saw the rings and a row of tiki statutes. Then we saw the flame and Dallas was impressed that it always burned, but I told him they all do.
Then we saw these golf cart/bicycle hybrid things and Dallas wanted to rent one. I didn't have a problem with that and I'm actually really glad we did, because we were able to ride around the whole park this way and we probably wouldn't have seen nearly as much of it if we had walked.
|Bike/golf cart hybrid. I'm glad we did this instead of walking - it was much more fun.|
|Dallas driving our golf cart bike. I had a wheel, but it didn't work, so I just got to pedal. He let me steer once.|
|Driving through the flags of the participating countries|
|Flags and fountains from the other side of the lake|
|Another lake and part of the jazz festival. There were 3 stages - 2 outdoor and 1 indoor.|
|Monument to the games with a list of who one which events.|
|Huge weeping willow|
|Molesting the statue|
|Sideways in the statue|
|This one was back in the middle of the park through a pile of weeds.|
Our second place was a guest house called blue 2. The directions we followed got us turned around and we passed the place at first and walked in a huge circle. Then we finally saw the sign that looked like a blue ghost from Pac-man. We walked in and the lady was nice but told us they had overbooked and would we mind going to the motel, M Motel, next door. We didn't and actually ended up with a upgrade because this place was super cute and had private bathrooms. We dropped our stuff off and sat around for a few minutes, then walked back to the guest house to borrow umbrellas because it had started to rain a little bit. Then we took the subway to the downtown area of Hongdae and went shopping for awhile. Of course I didn't buy anything, but Dallas didn't really find anything he liked either, which was surprising.
Then we went to dinner at a Vietnamese place and got pho. It was pretty good, but the best part was the peanut sauce we had with the spring rolls. After dinner, we had planned to go home and change before possibly meeting other people at bars. We opted not to do either of those things and decided to just stay the two of us. We walked around for awhile to let dinner digest and it started to rain harder. Then we went to a cocktail in a bag place and each got 2 because they are cheaper than drinks at a bar. We walked around drinking those and ended up going into a couple of stores. Dallas really liked one store, but they didn't have clothes that fit his shoulders. He ended up buying both of us some ridiculous sunglasses that have velvet on them. Mine are red and cheetah print, his are green and orange. Then we went to bar called t12, which is really nice and lit by candles. We stayed there for about an hour and talked a lot.
|Candle light bar|
|In the alley. Dallas likes to take "candids"so he clicks the camera button a bunch of times. There were about a dozen pictures similar to this one, but at least one of us looks weird in all the others.|
|My new bff, who is wearing fashion glasses (aka just frames, no lenses).|
We took the subway to Samcheondong, which is an older area in Seoul. The area had old traditional houses that people still live in. It's very popular and lots of people were walking around. The area was pretty cool, but it's all these steep hills, so I don't think I'd actually like to live there.
After walking around for awhile, we went to a traditional tea house. It was really cute and had a garden in the middle. Dallas got mulberry milk and tea and I just had plum tea. The man showed us proper technique for making the tea and then left us to it. We stayed there for about an hour, drinking tea and talking.
|Tea house and garden|
|Me in the doorway of the tea house|
|Mixing mulberry milk|
|Lasagna and Caesar salad at flora|
|Bus ride home with new sunglasses|