You could never have figured this fairy-tale building in a common city neighborhood is actually a brand new hostel.
The hostel has only opened for a month, but have already received many accolades online. I can see their one-of-a-kind hospitality.
My friend Jisung tried to help me buying a subway ticket; I told him that I should be ok, don’t worry about me. I was wrong. Seoul has one of the most difficult subway ticket machines. Their metro stops are alphabetically arranged, and since I can’t read Korean, I don’t know how are they spelled in English.
Went to a west coast swing event with Jisung, where I have spotted an advertisement for Jordan and Tatiana’s workshop.
That night I have also met OZ, a Korean dancer I’ve first met while working at a dance conference in San Jose. OZ loves West Coast Swing community.
Lunch with Jisung at one of his favorite spots near his work, barbeque.
There was a market not far from that restaurant, great for a digesting-walk after the lunch.
Koreans have similar diets as Chinese. This is the salted seaweeds.
This is something new, clams on strings. But I’ve seen something similar in South America.
Fishes of all sizes.
This type of fish is very thin. The locals would usually dry them and then bake them before eating.
February night is a little chilly, we managed to get some warmth at this cabin restaurant.
Love the little dishes before the main course.
We also ordered this crepe with vegetables in it.
Jisung and the duck barbeque.
The famous soju will guarantee drunk in 2 bottles. If you stay sober after one bottle, you are definitely pretty seasoned. You can read all about this mysterious drink here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soju
Way Koreans eating barbeques – wrap the vegetable leaves around the meat.
Snacks before salsa dancing.
Not sure what this is.
It took us a while to find this place hidden somewhere back in the alley.
But the inside is pretty big.
Me and Chris were pretty hungry on our way back from our DMZ trip, we decided to hit the barbeque at one of the touristy markets around our hostel.
It’s a bit different from the usual Korean barbeque, but it’s pretty good.
I’m the only girl staying at this hostel, I guess only guys are stupid enough to travel around Seoul in blizzardy February, guys and me.
Hello again, Soju.
On my way to the airport I found this advertisement, a world map made up with Korean characters.