April 5th–Hana and Charles

by Adam

Seoul, April 5th 2013 – We met with Hana and Charles.  In early 2011, Hana stayed at my apartment for a few weeks before she left Perth.  I did not see her since then.  It was my first time meeting her husband Charles – though I have said hello to him on Skype before!

Julie and I went to Changdeokgung Palace to get some tickets.

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Then we walked to Insadong, where we met with Hana and Charles.

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We went looking for food, got in a taxi, who started bringing us on a ride (and not knowing where he, or we, were going).  So we got out and walked.  Then got into another taxi, and went to a nice restaurant for lunch.

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Then we made our way back to the palace.

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We were excited to see some flowers blooming.

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and I ran up the hill.

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Saw some painted walls.

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Then we went for the tour, first, it was to the secret garden.  The tour guide told us that there’s no secret to it.  It’s only “secret” because it was for the king and his family, so outsiders couldn’t see.  Or something like that.

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You must visit!

Then we went to a cafe (“A Twosome Place”) for some cake and drinks.

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Then Julie and I went to Chungmuro to get my film developed.  It was Friday 5pm, and the shop I used to go to, weren’t going to be open on Sunday (I leave Monday), so we found another shop that could do it one hour (develop, scan and print).  We dropped off the film at the shop and then walked to Myeongdong.

When we got there, we saw a panda handing out flyers, and on the flyer, it was advertising a free take-away! So Julie and I went down to the restaurant and ordered!

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Really! Free! Thank you Ho Lee Chow!  We found a place to sit down and eat it.  It was a generous serving and was yummy!

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Then we walked back through Myeongdong, and saw another free offer!  Free bread roll and pen from Outback, if you point them to where their shop was!

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It was almost time to pick up our photographs, so we started walking back to Chungmuro. 

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When we got to the shop, the man at the shop had only printed one roll out of three.  He let us sit down and look through it while he did the other two rolls.  It wasn’t cheap, so Julie told me that I should get a digital camera… and so I started thinking about a Leica M typ 240.

We walked backed to Myeongdong and looked around.

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Then we walked to Namdaemun Market to try to find a cheap bag I could use to check-in for my flight back to New Caledonia.IMG_9767

Couldn’t find a good one, so walked back to Myeongdong.  Stopped by a small shop with a really friendly old couple in there who showed us different bags.  In the end, we bought a cheap bag from them.  Then started to make our way home.

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Busy Myeongdong at night:

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