The second leg of our Asia trip is in Seoul, South Korea. For me it is one of the highlights because I lived here for two years before starting the MIM. I love every chance I get to be in Seoul, and these few days are no different. Today was our first full day in Seoul, and we had a free morning. Although it was Sunday, and Sunday mornings are rather uneventful in Korea, it was fun to wander around our hotel neighborhood (which happens to be very close to my old stomping grounds). Around lunchtime, we headed to the DMZ, which actually deserves several blog posts by itself. We are expecting the topic of our next AOP lecture to be about North-South Korean relations, so this tour helps set the stage.
Unfortunately most of the DMZ is camera free, so there isn’t a whole lot to show you. However, I absolutely recommend taking a tour of the DMZ if you have even the slightest opportunity.
After the DMZ, we met some MIM alumni for a traditional pork BBQ meal, which was promptly followed by karaoke. The next adventure was live octopus. A favorite of mine, I was hoping to introduce it to several of my friends. It was a little bit of a wile goose chase though, as the restaurant I knew has apparently changed their menue since I’ve been in Seoul! Fortunately they steered us towards the right direction, and we still managed to eat our live octopus!
Tomorrow, we are heading on a tour of Hyundai’s factory! (We hear it is very clean and modern!)