Day 5

Today we decided to visit a couple markets.   Seoul is well known for its shopping and markets.  First we went to Namdaemum Market.  This market is very old and has thousands of vendors.  It was very busy – cars, vans, motorcycles and lots of people in the very narrow aisles.  

Market

I was able to try a hantok – a pancake filled with cinnamon and brown sugar… it was so good I had to have a second 😉

Hantoks!

We bought a new set of pjs for Alex and a blanket for him to play on the room here.    The floors are laminate and are not so child friendly.   And just like the guide book says, the vendors do jump over the counters to help you!  The lady we got the pjs from did that.  To be honest, the market was very interesting (pig heads, silk worm larve, seaweed, etc), but it was too confusing and more than a little crazy. 

We then ventured to Dongdaemun Market.  This one is a collection of over 10 malls, each with about 9 floors filled with vendors.  Again, this was too crazy for us.  We were also very hungry and couldn’t find a place with English menus, so we ended up eating some questionable food – beef or tendons… not sure.

So we got out of there.  Matt was tired of shopping so he went back to the guest house.  Pat and I went back to Insadong and finished buying souvenirs.  When there we bought kkul tarea – a traditional court cake.  It was served to kings and queens.  We saw a demonstration of how it is made – they take rock hard honey and they stretch it to turn it into 16,000 strands similar to hair!  There is a peanut filling that is added – pretty tasty!  We then went back to the subway to make our way home… it was busy, but luckily the butt pushers were not out yet!

Not sure what we will be doing for dinner – last night the restaurant we wanted was hosting a private party, so we ended up with Dominoes Pizza (it came wrapped in a red ribbon!).   This will be the last meal before Alex arrives!  Tomorrow at 11am… Yeah!

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13 responses

  1. Hantoks are sooo yummy!!!!!!! We found Namdaemum a little crazy too! You can sure get lost easily. You are definitely making the most out of your time there. That is too funny that your pizza came wrapped in a ribbon!

    Wishing you all the best on your forever family day tomorrow! Try and get some sleep. LOL We will be thinking about you as you become a family of three. The time has finally come! Congratulations!!!!

  2. Oh man – I hate crowds… but I love shopping. Can you see my problem?! It sounds like you are making the most of your trip there! I’m enjoying living vicariously through you…

    JUST A HANDFUL OF HOURS NOW – YAY!!!
    (Ohmygod-you’re going to have a baby in just a handful of hours!)

  3. We’ve been following along and the first “Robinson Family Portrait” is on the brag-wall in the staff room. We can’t wait to meet him!
    Take care, safe journey home!
    ~Robyn

  4. Wow! it sounds pretty neat! I’ve heard about those butt pushers… I think some are in Toronto too! LOL!
    I am glad to hear that you are really enjoying your trip!
    I can’t wait to see some more pictures.
    Thinking of you guys often!
    Write more when you can!
    Take care!

  5. The countdown is on! Can’t wait until he’s with you and on his way home to his new life – best of luck in your travels with him and enjoy every second you have with him – we’ll be checking the blog!

  6. Enjoy that last meal as you will soon be too busy to really enjoy another one for a while!! But oh it will be wonderful busy! Safe travels to you. I am thinking by now you have your sweet boy with you!

  7. Namdaemun is so amazing, but you’re right – very confusing and crowded. We LOVED its vibrancy and all the sights, sounds and smells. But we had to be very careful to not get lost 🙂
    Oh boy! Tomorrow you’re a mommy!!!

  8. I am so happy to have so many friends making the same trip we will soon be making! I love how you are documenting everything…even the food!!! I’m sure I will have a thousand questions for you before we go!

    Not long now, my friend!!! Alex is ready to go home with his Mommy and Daddy!!!

  9. hmmm. if i’m doing my math correctly (and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that’s difficult for me…) you’ll be with alex in about 3 hours!! i’ll be thinking of you all evening. can’t wait for more!

  10. So, when we’re closing tonight at 9 p.m., you will be picking up Alex. How cool!! Can’t wait for more pictures and have a safe (though long) trip home.

  11. Wow, I have not been online in a few days… boy did I have some reading to do to catch up! Your son is absolutely adorable and I am thrilled for you. What an experience! Congratulations!

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