"Everyone knows the more you wear pearls, little by little they become real....And isn't it the same with memories?" - The Madwoman of Chaillot

Monday, January 31, 2011

Train ride to Pusan

Something that makes you think.... never have I seen a hotel that provides a gas mask in case of emergency... the instructions on the door mentioned it so I found it and took a picture.
Colleen and her Korean school girl teddy bear that she got at Seoul Tower.

So, time to leave Seoul. I did feel I was starting to know some of the area around Namsun mountain at least - our hotel, Itaewon, Insadong, the palaces area, Seoul Tower area. But also in a way glad to move on to see more of Korea.

Our taxi drive to the Seoul Train Station was quite a character. He wanted to talk to us but he knew very little English. Once he figured out Colleen was a teacher here and knows a little Korea, he tried speaking Korean. Eventually we were able to explain we were from Minnesota and where Minnesota is - he knew San Francisco, Florida and for some reason, Detroit.... It was a fun ride despite the traffic jams.
Didn't get his face but I often use my camera to be my memory - having the picture reminded me of the story... One story from a few days ago I forgot to tell. We were in the subway waiting for Courtney when some kids saw us and started looking at Bill and then pointed and called out "movie star, movie star" - not sure if they really thought that or WHO they thought he was in that case!

Seoul Station is beautiful and very modern.

We had quite a bit of time - those of you who know Bill will know why....
So we stopped in Beans and Berries for Green Tea latte and Berry Smoothie for Bill  - along with Colleen's bear!

Colleen is quite proficient at ordering in Korean and its fun to listen to her. She says that's most of what she knows but its something....
Next Bill decided to have us get him McDonalds to take on the train for lunch but Colleen and I just couldn't eat that so we got Kimbap - a roll like our California rolls but with other ingredients inside. Basically a seaweed roll with rice and then chopped vegetables and whatever other ingredients.
The train station was of young soldiers - maybe going home on leave for the lunar new year or maybe there are just always that many. McDonalds and the Korean version Lotteria were crowded with them (although not in the picture)
My food - very good and inexpensive!
And pretty...
Colleen on the train
and a cute little girl who kept smiling at us and playing "peek-a-boo"

So we are in Busan now (spelled both Busan and Pusan in English), the city where Katie was born.

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