Roaming the streets of Ehwa and Yonsei Universities in Seoul gives me all kinds of sentimental and nostalgic feels. These campuses are absolute beauties; the sister and I had the most delightful time people watching in these grounds. We oohhss and we ahhhss in the amazing architectural structures of the buildings. We marvel in the pastoral nature surrounding the campuses that is more grandiose filled with autumn. We’ve relished watching the well-dressed-students, we’ve rolled our eyes so hard we almost saw our brains in one too many im-a-hug-you-till-you-cant-breathe-leech-like campus lovers (#oldmaidproblems), we feel for the cramming students that reminded us our hectic years of hitting the books, that time in our lives when we’re too busy having a simultaneous mental breakdown to notice how our universities looks like. LOL.
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. 🙂
Happy New Year from our side of the world!!
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.
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. 🙂
Traveling to South Korea requires a tourist visa. My sister and I have never applied for a visa before. It turns out, unlike in the Philippines, for Filipinos residing in the UAE, getting a South Korean Tourist Visa from Dubai is actually a piece of cake.