Traveling in Asia during the summer can be summed up in one word: hot. During our visit to Seoul, the city experienced record-high temperatures, which resulted in a heat advisory. But with so little time in town, we knew we had to do our best to brave the heat.
On Sunday, we met up with some fellow MSU grads (one of which was a former colleague at our college newspaper) and their precious new baby for an epic brunch at the Four Seasons. She writes a wonderful blog called stepsinseoul about their life in the country as expats as well as their travels. Being able to share stories about life abroad with someone else who understands the ups and downs will never stop being therapeutic. Our brunch was a reminder the world is a lot smaller than we think and you never know when or how you’ll be brought back together with people from your recent or distant past. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we see them in Asia.
The sights we visited included Gyeongbokgung Palace, which dates back to 1395 as well as Jongmyo Shrine. In between were many spicy, delicious meals and plenty of shopping for beauty products at department stores like Lotte and local chain Olive Young. We got a lot done in a short amount of time, but I hope we can make it back some day to see even more of this beautiful country.