Out and About in the Fall

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A week ago, I went to Nami Island with a few friends. We ended up missing the fast train, so we were stuck taking the regular subway to get there. With a long transfer wait partway, it took over two hours! After buying the fast tickets back in advance, we headed out to find lunch (chicken barbecue) and then took the ferry to Nami Island. We only had about 45 minutes to enjoy Nami Island, but it was long enough to appreciate the gorgeous fall foliage. It’s really worth a trip there in the fall, but plan ahead better than I did to avoid having to stand for two hours on the subway the entire way!

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Last weekend, Domingos and I wanted to go somewhere new but not too far away. Thanks to my trusty googling skills, we decided to visit Suseong-dong Valley, featured in a famous painting by Joseon painter Gyeomjae Jeong Seon. It’s quite easy to get to; take the subway to Gyeongbokgung station, go out exit 3, and walk straight ahead to the bus stop for local bus #9. Take the bus a short distance to the end of its route (the bus will park, so it’s obvious where to get out), and you’re at the valley. You can walk around the fairly level paved path in about 5 minutes, and it’s also the jumping off point for several hikes up Ingwansan mountain.

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After walking around the short path and admiring the scenery, we headed back to the busier streets around Gyeongbokgung. We found a cute little cafe featuring a Hungarian bread treat – spiraled thin bread with Nutella spread inside.

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