There are so many memerable experiences that I had on this trip to Korea. Here are some of my favorite things I found in Korea.
LOVE — Favorite Purchase: Glasses from Korea. I have always had a difficult time finding glasses that fit my “wide” head. Usually they pinch my head and it gives me a headache so I stop wearing them. I also have a flat nose so finding ones that fit on my nose and not slip off is always a challenge…. guess what.. in Korea…. I am not the only one! 😉 Not to mention frames are very cheap. So to my amazement I found glasses that I fit, looks stylish and were very affordable.
LOVE — Favorite Place I visited: Boseong Green Tea Fields and Yulpo Pension My friend talked me into taking a day trip to to the Boseong Green Tea Fields in the south west part of the country. I am SO thankful that she got me out of Seoul and into the beautiful countryside. The Green Tea Fields are not fields as much as the are perfectly manicure green hedges stacked in rows, snaking around, and clinging to the side of a steep mountain. After the Tea Fields we went to a wonderful Pension (a small one bedroom “apartment” like room that you rent.) It was right on the beach and was peaceful and so beautiful. It was a dramatic change to the industrial landscape of Seoul. I will say that I I don’t think that it would have been as pleasant experience without her because people spoke even less English in the countryside. I think that when I return to Korea with the family that I would sign up for a tour to see the different parts of the country because getting around would be difficult.
LOVE – Favorite place to stay: KoRoot. KoRoot is a guest house that is run by Pastor Kim and he wife Mrs. Kong along with volunteers and staff that provide a warm home, hot lunches, and a community that instantly feels like home. I can’t accurately describe the connections with seemlingly perfect strangers. From the impromptu conversation of the couches to sitting around the dinning room table “planning” the next day adventures or blogging about the past days events we are like one hodpodge global family. There is a comfort level with this community that just understands the nuances of being an adoptee back in the motherland. The need for quiet reflection, shared frustruation, or just comic relief for the craziness that we experience. This is my second trip and both times I found lifelong friends.
LOVE – Favorite Food: Street Food. What I loved the most about the street food is that it was yummy and simple. Overall I would say that most of Korean food is based on taking many limited organic items that individuals would be able to raise or find themselves and mixing them together. There is nothing really pretentious about the food. We had one dish that is literally named after the scraps of food that they would get from the US military kitchens during the war. They would throw it all together and make a stew out of it–Spam, hot dogs, and ramen…veggies…. and kimchee ;).
LOVE – Favorite Products: Skin Care. It is said that most Korean girls have a 12 step process for taking care of their skin in the morning and in the evening. I thought that they were crazy. …and then I drank the kool-aid. Now I have about a 6 step process. But already (2 weeks in) I can honestly say I love the way my skin feels and looks. I have trouble skin and I feel like I finally have a routine that makes my skin healthy and that I don’t have to coverup with foundation. PLUS, products are ridiculously cheaper then here in the States. My bottle of face cleanser here is about $40 — Korean cleanser was $8. There products are organic or natural and usually all plant based. Anyway, I am hooked. Here are my daily products.
…..Next installment will be “The Strange Things in Korea.”