Weekend in the Big City

05 May 2009
Posted by Marisa
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So, as you may or may not have realized from our twitter activity, Jordan and I spent the weekend in Seoul.  We had a long weekend, or I should say Jordan had a long weekend, Thursday and Friday off for exams, Monday off as a gap day between the weekend and Children's Day (a national holiday in Korea).  I had school on both Friday and Monday, but thanks to the crazy hours of the American Embassy, got to skip both for an extended weekend. 

Friday saw the failure of performing our tasks at the embassy since it decided to close for Korean Labor Day (as far as we can tell, the only place that did, our students remember had  exams).  We then had a tasty Mexican lunch in Itaewon and stuffed ourselves so full that we couldn't do anything for the rest of the day.

Saturday we enjoyed a rainy day visiting Changgyeonggun Palace:



In the afternoon we visited Insadong for some shopping:



And got to see Anika and Jon, friends of mine from Bethel, who currently teach in Seoul:



On Sunday, the sun came out and we visited Changdeokgung Palace:



Which had a Secret Garden:


And in the afternoon we attended yeouido Full Gospel Church, the largest church in the world.  Monday morning saw us successful at the Embassy (which miraculously decided to open) and a brief shopping trip to Namdaemun Market before we got back on the train for Gunsan.  The trip ended wonderfully with a stop for schwarma from an Iraqui man which was luckily just by the subway station. 

Today we had a great picnic on the roof with many English teachers friends, complete with a quiz game.  Tomorrow it is back to school, which may be a little rough after such a lovely holiday.

To see more picture from Seoul, click here.

Beautiful Greenery

It's so green and lush! I miss that. And the flowers are gorgeous. Your bright pink coat fits right in. Looks like you had a great time.