March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm (Photographs)
You think losing one hour is bad when switching to Daylight Saving Time? Try a whole day. That’s what happened to us since we had to cross the international date line to get to Korea. Eighteen hours after leaving home, we found ourselves touching down in Seoul, South Korea. We took the subway line out of the airport, and I was amazed to see an electronic map above each door showing the progress we were making on the way. TTC? Hello? Can you hear me?
After catching up on some sorely missed sleep, we headed for a walk up a hill to view the city of Incheon from above. We only went a short way, but the walking trails go all over this pine forest on top of hills.
It is cool and dry at this time of year, so there’s a lot of brown. Apparently it’s quite beautiful after they receive some rain. I still thought these pine trees were pretty.
There are many, many apartment complexes, I guess, like in any big city. Between the major streets, however, there is a system of very narrow streets (almost like back alleys). It’s easy to get lost in this maze, but it’s fun exploring.
North Americans can learn a great deal from Koreans. For instance, South Koreans put a lot of emphasis on an active lifestyle. They have gym equipment scattered all over in public places and free to use. One woman even whipped out her skipping rope as we were taking a leisurely stroll through a park.
My brother-in-law brought us for lunch in a traditional Korean establishment. This restaurant specializes in noodle soups. Notice how the tables are low and everyone sits on the floor to eat their meal.
We had the clam noodle soup with an order of dumplings. It was delicious!