Tuesday, 31 May 2011

almost 3pm.

Today is so sunny, I think the temperature will reach 25°C. The hot weather is coming early this year. I remember last year's May/June there were days when I needed an Autumn coat.. ;)

..I remember that day very clearly. We took all of the luggages until the bus stop. Where we stopped for some time. I still remember the smell of that air.
It was good weather, weather before the rain. The bus wasn't full, we sat in the first row, behind the driver. The time passed too fast.

The next day's morning - 1st July (Thursday) - first look around the city. I'm a big lover of sushi.. and I could enjoy the taste of Korean version - Kimbap, already during the first hour after arriving in Seoul. So the dinner has followed:) - Kimbap again:) Delicious!


In the first photo - Kimbap;) And in the second one - Kimchi. Mr and Mrs K, my favourites;) heh.
In each restaurant, or bar the still water is for free. You can take as many cups as You want. In this restaurant they also add for free a broth to drink. Very tasty:) That was my favourite meal in Korea. Other famous appetizers (for free refill!): Korean radish (in the picture You can see the coloured one - yellow), many, many different kinds of salads or Tteokbokki (You can see more detailed information in wikipedia: Tteokbokki) - these are pieces of rice cake with spicy sauce.

As You can see in the photos, there are also iron chopsticks. Chopsticks are very famous in Asia, I can't remember a place with forks and knifes (but surely some places have them too). Generally people in Asia use wooden chopsticks (there are really many, many kinds), but in Korea they use iron ones, and an iron spoon (with quite flat ending). They can have decorations, like flowers or many other patterns. Iron chopsticks are heavier than standard ones, but in my opinion they are more comfortable to use.

After dinner - first look at the university.

The restaurant was on the left to the university. You just needed to cross the street. Besides that, there were many other restaurants, including famous 'Aunty Place' which I will introduce later, and also Starbucks coffee (yum!), market, glasses store, blocks of flats, one belonged to a friend.

Ok, let's cross the street:)

Entering Soongsil University. Many high buildings, some new, some older, and a big, hm, a very nice garden in the centre. Behind it, there was big monument - white horses. The weather was very hot. But it was different hot than the one that I know in Europe. The air was so damp.
white horses
However inside the building was an air conditioning! ufff :)
I spend in the office many days during my stay. Very nice moments. I still remember tables desks of notes, cabinets full of books. A good place to focus, study and relax.

As I mentioned before, it was 1st July. I was invited into a very elegant and traditional place, romantic too. We sat in one room, a big traditional table with hole for legs. There we were served a real king's dinner. Heh, it was very nice.
I wasn't able to eat much during past days, and this time, I was very full.
I will represent some of the dishes (sorry but don't remember any names..):
let's start.

yes, O.O ..full.
1st July.

and few photos while coming back home.. Evenings were so wonderful.

The last street - in the neighbourhood. Small streets have that 'something';)

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