I’m taking a quick break from my usual raving and jabbering about everything Seoul. Like very quick I’ll get back to it after lunch break, LOL. So the sister and I have met with the BFF last weekend (I guess we have the same BFF) to catch up over coffee. There’s nothing to talk about those two but I have a lot to say or to show rather about our meet-up place, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 🙂 Living in Dubai for almost seven years doesn’t make me immunized from its charm and grandeur.
Souk means Arabic Market, Souk Madinat is sort of a modern take on a traditional Arabic Market. It is located between five star hotels and overlooking Burj Al Arab – The world’s most luxurious hotel. You can reach the place via Metro and Bus, here’s how.
The sister and I have deliberated quite long time whether we’re going to Everland or not. Me being the opposing side in this hullabaloo, thought that we had to forego Everland because its too far and its too cold, the sister thought it would be a waste of opportunity if we skip Everland and concede to laziness. After lots of worthless punching, kicking, sneering, mocking and disparaging each other (nope we didn’t fought that much. LOL) she had me at Lee Kwang Soo and Running Man (shout out to those who knows what I’m talking about, haha!) then, Everland it is. Yay!
We’ve dedicated a whole day to relish and appreciate the attractions in the South Korean’s version of Disneyland. We early birds woke up early to catch the early train, with no breakfast and all uncertainties, off we go to the subway station. Here’s how we’ve reached Everland from Hongdae with only 2 transfers.
We were in Seoul on the later part of autumn 2016.
The cold index is somewhere between OMG and WTF, to put that in figure, the temperature ranges from 5° to -6° Celsius. Besides the multiple layers of clothes, the most essential thing you need to endure the cold weather and not freeze your butts off is a hot drink, a steaming mug of coffee or a warm cup of tea.
My sister and I are both coffee aficionados. Bad day? Coffee. Good day? Coffee. Lots of work to do? Coffee. Dry Skin? Coffee. Coffee? Coffee. LOL. One of the many reasons why we love Seoul is because of their vast selections of cafés, choosing which café to order from has always been a good kind of nuisance. This post is dedicated to all those coffees and teas that we’ve sipped, and to all those waffles and cakes that we’ve bit. 🙂
While we’re now back to the norms aka working our butts off to save up for our next travel, in my subconscious, I’m still sitting in a bench alongside my sister in Naksan Park, surrounded by autumn, peacefully sipping coffee as I watch life pass me by. (#takemeback #seoulinmymind #blessed Lol)
Petite France was originally not a part of our plan, someone just told us to “drop by” Petite France after exploring Nami Island, as it is “nearby”. Yes we did “dropped by” however, we are quite appalled how “near” it was from Nami Island. 😛
What is the first thing that pops to your mind when someone mentioned South Korea? Mine is Nami Island. Of all the blogs that I’ve read while preparing our itinerary, Namiseom is the most recommended, endorsed and applauded. It’s arguably the most popular romantic destination for tourists and locals. Be still my autumn-starved heart as Nami is one of the must-see fall foliage destinations. 😀
To avoid the horde of tourist a.k.a. for a more peaceful photo-op, we woke up early as the travel to Nami Island is roughly 1 hour and 30 mins from Hongdae (our home away from home in Seoul). Here’s how we’ve reached Nami via subway following the directions from our ever-reliable app – Seoul Mapway.
Growing up in a tropical country and working in a country that is mostly summer even in winter, we have limited seasons to experience i.e. dry season, wet season and drier season. LOL. So experiencing fall for the first time was like an oasis to our deserts and a warm food to our hunger. 😛
I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Mt. Namsan when we were in Seoul. Why? Because autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. 🙂 Mt. Namsan means nature, beautiful walking trails and trees, trees that have auburn, scarlet and copper leaves, warm colors that brings feast to the eyes and peace to the heart. Please be warned as what you will see in this post are trees, leaves, and mostly trees.
On our second day in Seoul, following our planned itinerary, with our four layers of clothes and our resolve to wander where the wifi is weak (though wifi is never weak in Seoul) off we go to Gyeongbok Palace for oppa hunting! I mean, sightseeing. LOLs.
We were in Seoul the last two weeks of November 2016. The plan is to go the first week so we can enjoy the best of autumn, things happened and the trip was moved two weeks after. We don’t have much expectations as we’ve read somewhere that the last weeks of November are when the season transitions from autumn to winter, meaning leaves have fallen and the weather is expected to be gloomy.
As the proverbs say, every cloud has a silver lining, indeed it has. 🙂
When we arrived, autumn is in full bloom. (Hallelujah!) Bursting in autumn colors, yellow, red, brown and orange leaves are everywhere! As my sister calls it, the last of autumn – it was nothing short of wonderful!!!
They said when you decided to travel you’re already halfway there. If you are planning a trip to Seoul, this blog post might help.
After a while of research, reading of various travel blogs about Seoul, hunting of affordable-but-livable-and-accessible guesthouses on booking.com, I’ve managed to complete our itinerary plan few months before our travel. It’s a lot of work but oh so worth it. Who wouldn’t want to wake up knowing you wouldn’t need to scurry searching the web for tourist sites, where and how to go? Men, I loved being prepared. We never got lost, not even once. 🙂