On my third day in Seoul, Esra (my roommate from Turkey) and I spent the morning shopping for gifts in Namdaemun Market. I wanted to buy so many things but I had to stick to my budget because I wasn’t planning on being broke in Taiwan and I didn’t have much space left in my carry-on luggage. After a brief stop at the market’s “food court” for about half an hour, Esra and I split up for the day; she continue shopping while I went back to Namsan Park to visit the Hanok village since I didn’t get to go last time.
At the Park, I met a French family of Guadeloupian origin and we had a pleasant conversation (in French). They told me that they were visiting from Paris and that they’re having a good time in Korea. They were a bit confused about me speaking French since I told them that I was visiting Korea from the US. I told them that I was born in the Congo and lived in Belgium for 5 years (French is spoken in both countries) and this seemed to have answered their question.
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On my second day in Seoul one of my roommates (Esra from Turkey) and I decided to go to Namsan Park to see Seoul Tower. I was very happy to go sightseeing with her because she was a great navigator and taught me how not to get lost on the subway.
It was so nice walking around and taking the subway while doing some people watch. I was specially mesmerized by the lovely fashion depicted by many young Koreans, I couldn’t help but stare away. I’ve always been a fan of Korean fashion but seeing it “live,” so to speak, was pretty nice and I kept thinking that I wish I could have brought a bigger luggage so that I could do some major shopping. After about 20 minutes of riding on the subway we made it to Namsan Park. We could see the top of Seoul Tower from the Park and we thought that it was close enough for us to walk there but we were greatly mistaken!!
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After a pleasant straight 12 hours flight from San Francisco International Airport to Incheon International Airport, I arrived in Seoul, Korea on Aug 9th! I couldn’t believe it and I was super exited to meet my friend (Hailey) who lives there and to explore the city! After clearing through customs, I meet up with her and we took the subway to my hostel (Yellow Brick Hostel 2).
The ride on the subway felt very weird since every thing was new and I was so exhausted that I sometimes didn’t know what was happening^^. An hour and a half later I checked in my hostel and met some of my roommates, (my room was a 6 bed female dorm with a shared bathroom and it was super cute).
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I am currently at San Francisco international airport about to fly to Seoul, Korea. I spent a couple days in DC prior to arriving in San Francisco with a friend of mine (Sierra)! She was kind enough to let me stay at her place and she took great care of me!
I’ve been to DC before and I’ve seen most of the tourist attractions, so this time I went to the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American Indians with some friends and it was very fun! After that I relaxed at the National Mall Park with a friend before going to Sierra’s house. I truly had a great time in DC. Continue reading “Travel Diary:DC & San Francisco”
Two weeks ago, I was in Jersey city for a weekend convention which was absolutely lovely. Prior the convention, my sister and I went to Manhattan to see Cemtral Park and Grand Central Station. We’ve been to NYC before but we wanted to see some of the places we didn’t get to see last time. Our adventures in the only last about a couple hours but it was super fun!
After the convention concluded, a friend and I spent 2 days in Brooklyn with some other friends. We didn’t do much other than taking pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge at the top of three awesome rooftops ^^.
A few weeks after my trip to Vancouver, BC, I went to Southern California. I was there primarily for a weekend convention but I took advantage to do some sightseeing. I spent most of my time in Norco but I went in LA for a whole day with another friend of mine. He took me to Hollywood Hills, Hollywood Boulevard, Griffith Observatory, LA Fashion District, Manhattan Beach, and we got to eat some yummy Thai food. My overall experience of Southern California wasn’t bad even though the dry air was making me feel a bit sick.
While I was in Seattle, my friends suggested we take a trip to Vancouver, BC… and so we did. My adventure in Canada didn’t start in Vancouver but in Richmond. We went to Richmond Night Market to taste some awesome Asian food.
Although we only spent about an hour and half there, it was very fun!! Once we left the market, we went straight to our rental apartment which was located in Chinatown. This apartment was very cozy and very French (probably because the owner was French).
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