Seoul – our last day

Goodbye Seoul (annyeong).  Our last day here. Tomorrow we’re taking a bus to Donghae to catch an overnight ferry to Vladivostok Russia. Should be fun. Today we visited the War Memorial of Korea. It’s definitely worth spending some time there. The exhibits are well displayed with English explanations throughout. It was really informative.  We learned…

Seoul Day 5

We had to take care of some business today so we headed to the US camp at Yongsan first thing in the morning.  We needed a few things for our upcoming ferry ride from South Korea to Russia and the 7 days we’ll be spending on the Trans Siberian Railroad.  So we stopped at the…

Seoul Day 4 March 29

Today I visited the DMZ. It was impressive. Though I signed up too late to get on a tour to the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom where the table divides North and South Korea and the opposing forces are face to face, the half day tour I was on was super informative and interesting.…

Seoul Day 3

I feel like we’re finally starting to settle into long-term travel mode, not loading up too much on our plate each day. But instead sort of playing it by ear and taking the days as they come. The way we traveled almost 40 years ago. We may pick out one or two main things and…

Day 2 in Seoul

Checked out of the Dragon Hill and made our way to May’s Airbnb in Yongsan – right across the street from Seoul Station. Since check in wasn’t until 3:00 and May’s mother was still cleaning, we dropped our bags and headed to Gwangjang market for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.  We got off the metro at…

First day in Seoul South Korea

Yesterday was a travel day from Taipei to Seoul. Some drama on the flight when my water bottle leaked in the overhead baggage compartment and freaked out the passengers in the row behind us. Many apologies later all was good. I’m not having much luck with liquids on planes lately so no more.  Actually that…

Taipei last day

Our last full day in Taipei was a bit of a bust. We visited the Lin Family Mansion in the morning but it’s kind of run down and has some strange architectural things going on, like a mix of Chinese and western. We headed back to Ximending for lunch at Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles (again)…

Taipei Day Three

We had a pretty good day in Taipei.  Started off with a ride up the Maokong gondola, 4 kilometers and about 20 minutes, sailing pretty high over the landscape below.  Apparently the thing to do at the top is hike around the mountains but we didn’t feel like it so we walked up and down…

Taipei Day Two

Changing hotels today so we had breakfast at Hotel Ambience, dropped our bags, and headed out. Picked up 3-day metro and bus passes at the metro station ($15). First stop was Lungshan temple – an amazing introduction to Chinese temples. It was decorated with hundreds of paper lanterns, animal, human, and god figures. Beautiful Chinese…

Taipei Taiwan Thursday March 22

Flew from Tokyo to Taipei yesterday on Tiger Air. Not a bad flight for a discount airline except we got busted for bringing two beers on board (we had mistakenly thought we could bring food and drink along). All well after an apology but two good Kirins down the drain 🙁 Transport from the airport…