Ladies and Gentlemen of the WordPress world…we’re finally back! While in the general scheme of things it has been a fairly short sabbatical, we’ve managed to pack rather a lot into that time and have loads of amazing adventures and photos to share with you. All in all, we’re pretty excited to be able to sit down and blog again. There is a bit of catching up to do – when we left you last we were in the stages of our goodbye journey of Korea. We’ve since been through Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and India before reaching our final stop (for now) of Hong Kong. Okay, actually that’s a LOT of catching up to do.
Saying goodbye to Korea was a mixed bag for us. We had our share of ups and downs there but on the whole it was an amazing year full of odd and awesome experiences that we wouldn’t change for anything – even the shitty bits! And talking of all things shitty leads us straight back to one of our oft mentioned topics, the lovely public toilets of Korea.
You old hags of our blog may remember our visit to N Seoul Tower in our honeymoon phase right when we were fresh-off-the-boat newbies in Korea. It seemed only fitting to revisit it on the way out, this time to capture it in all its glory at night time.
The tower looks particularly spectacular at night – interesting fact time: the colour of the lights on the tower indicate the safety of the air quality at certain times of year. We’re not exactly sure which colours mean what but regardless, it looked pretty in pink the night we were there. And the views, as always, were impressive. But didn’t we start by mentioning toilets? Well, just past the nondescript blue man…
The next morning saw us up bright and early to catch the lovely sunrise from our groovy hotel window before sucking the marrow out of our last full day in Korea, potentially forever! So what to do, you may ask…Wander the cool streets and check out the nooks and crannys, of course!
This year in Korea will forever be known as the year that the world was swept away by the Sensation that was/is Gangnam Style. So what better way to say 안녕히계세요’goodbye’ in style than to head over to the suburb that inspired all the fuss.We were lucky enough to just happen to be there while Psy was doing an impromptu performance in Gangnam itself!!!
Right, so that’s Gangnam ticked off the list. Been there done that, so where to next for our last full day in the land of the morning calm? Well, we hadn’t been to the Hongik University area yet and rumour had it there was a certain pink, themed cafe to be found. So back on the Metro and off we went!
And a confusing walk later we hit our desired destination – the Hello Kitty Cafe!The cafe is ridiculously pukey cute and awesome (if you’re H-J and her mum – the guys didn’t look as enthralled). Instructions were issued to all to order ‘approved’ coffees & cake, i.e. ones that had HK’s face on them. Awwww….The decor is pretty much pink, Kitty, pink, Kitty, pink, Kitty – repeat till you vomit pink and/or furballs.
As strange coincidence would have it, we recently discovered an even more perfect facet of H-J’s love of all things Hello Kitty…her boyfriend’s name is – get this – Dear Daniel! Keeping with our love of all things toilet, lovely Dear Daniel adorned the door to the boys’ room.
All in all the trip to the Hello Kitty cafe was a roaring (meowing?) success.
Last thing on our agenda for Seoul and, indeed for all things Korea, was to visit the War Memorial in Yongsan-dong. The Korean war and the aftermath thereof has shaped so much of modern Korea – its effects are reflected in the country’s astonishing economic growth, the attitudes of the people, even in the food. It seemed fitting, therefore, to end our time here absorbing some of the past and soaking up the amazingly well designed, emotionally moving Memorial Park.
For now, we’re not sure if its goodbye to Korea or 또봐요 ‘see you again’. But what we do know is that exciting adventures lie both behind us in the country we were lucky enough to call home for a year and ahead of us in new and uncharted (for us!) territories. Thanks for the crazy ride Korea!