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City Sidewalks, Brilliant Sidewalks

12 Feb

Lights 1a

Drinks Around! #Alcohol and South #Korea

10 Feb

Glass of wine anyone? 🍷

Thought I’d drop a small Warning about alcohol for Visitors to #Korea during the #Olympics or well, visiting ever. 😀

Don’t get me wrong, the alcohol in Korea is good. But like #Baijiu in #China – you gotta be careful. One really famous Korean #drink is #Soju (소주) which usually ranges between 20% to 40% alcohol, but can be as much as 50%. 😱 VERY strong. You drink it in shot glasses and moderate the intake. The first time I visited #Seoul, two boys in our group drank it like Beer and were deathly ill the next day (and they weren’t lightweights). It’s fun and a great #Cultural experience, but be warned 😋

If you want a Good drink, but prefer something less likely to sterilize your insides, I recommend one of Korea’s Plum Wines. They are sweet and great to sip & enjoy! 🍾

Tip #1- Asian Culture (Including both #China and #Korea in my experience) is often built around the idea that an empty cup or plate is a sign the host did not provide enough. So if you don’t want them to keep pouring you more alcohol later, leave a medium bit in your glass. They are less likely to add to it. If your glass is mostly empty, thery are inclined to fill it back up.

Tip #2 – The more you drink at the beginning of the night, the more they’ll assume you can hold your alcohol and start encouraging you to drink even more through toasts. If you’re moderating, drink less early in the night. They won’t pressure you as much later.

Tip #3 – A lot of culture guides say you cannot refuse alcohol in cultures like this because it is ‘rude.’ That’s not true. In my experience in Korea, they were always understanding if I said I wasn’t drinking tonight. They usually just assume it’s for religious or health reasons and move on. Though it’s easier for women to avoid than for men.

If you are gonna party hearty, drink responsibly! Bring a friend who can make sure you A) get home, B) don’t accidently get in a fight or trouble, and C) don’t accidently offend the locals around you. 😀

Travel #Foodie – Green Tea Chocolate

3 Feb

Ok Korea, I Love a good hot cocoa and this mint Chocolate was delish. But WHY add the green tea tree on top?!? Cocoa doesn’t need tea! And I thought it was a mint cookie. . . . it was horrible! Trickery I tell you! But seriously, if you’re in Korea for the #olympics, you gotta try their cafes. They are SO good. Cafe Bene and Angel-N-Us are two of my faves. Fellow #traveler, which coffee shop is your guilty pleasure?

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A Cloud of Flowers

2 Feb

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What Would Your Lock Say?

29 Jan
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Locks from N Seoul Tower

Using Union Pay at #Korea ATM

1 Jan


​How to use a Chinese Union Pay card at a Korean atm. 😜 I had to learn through trial & error. Hope this saves some Chinese residents visiting Korea!
1. Click button that says English (with #Chinese characters below) – you cannot actually use a union pay card and English – so it has to be done in Chinese.

2. Choice 2 – ‘Foreign Card 中國語’ – That’s Chinese

3. Put in your card.

4. Choose ‘CUP’ – Chinese Union Pay

5. Choose the top left button (first button) – 信用卡(credit card)

6. Choose the top left button (first choice) – 取现 (take cash)

7. Now it will ask you how much Won you want.

8. Enter you Bank Card password.

9. Take receipt, card, then cash!
Hooray!!

Well done!

#Christmas Light Show in #Seoul!

29 Dec

#Airport Food and Fun

2 Oct

​Fun times with a 5 hour #layover at #ICN #airport!  The historical parade was out in force for photo shoots, and #angelinus coffee served up some delicious #peachtea and cookies & cream smoothie.

Travel #Foodie – Funny Fruit

12 Sep


Breakfaat at the hotel in #southkorea – I think it’s a kind of #lychee? Maybe? It looks all pokey and fuzzy 😜 I like the Color combination!

Yeongjong-do #Island

9 Sep

The eastern end of Yeongjong-do Island in #Inchon, #southkorea.
The ICN airport is on one end, and this park & #fishmarket is at the other. We’re staying at the Royal Emporium hotel tonight. My school booked a cheap hotel for us, which happened to be a brand new, beautiful place right on the #waterfront. One hour Ride on bus 203 from the airport. No foreigners, and lots of yummy cafes, Fish shops, Beer & chicken stops, etc. So much fresh Flounder, Lobsters, Shrimp, and crabs! The crowd is great & atmosphere is upbeat. You can also take the ferry to Wolmido from here!

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