We had quite the busy weekend! We went to Itaewon with our tour guide Joanna, someone we had met through our teaching predecessors. We got on the subway for the first time as well. There are a lot of lines, but I have to say the trains are extremely clean, and the stations are very easy to understand making it easy to get around Seoul quickly. But before the subway the most ridiculous thing happened while on the bus. All at once 6 other expats got on the bus, people from Australia, Toronto, and Waterloo. Apparently when Koreans here too many English speaking people they get upset. The bus driver pulls over, walks all the way to the back of the bus and shhhh’s us. Really? It was quite pathetic, I hope that bus driver has a super awesome life. 🙂
After the bus shenanigans and the subway we stopped in an area full of Koreans, Americans, Canadians, Europeans, you name it and they were there. This was quite the change from our little Tongjin. We first went to eat at a pop-up restaurant. It is run by a Korean-American that calls it Alabama style pulled pork. They also had beer from a local brewery for sale. Sara and I had our sandwiches and Joanna took home four.
Yes, they are that good. We then continued to walk down the main strip of this area, checking out a lot of fancy and unique restaurants. Then I saw it. A maple leaf on a sign. We found a Canadian bar with Canadian beer. We went in, had a drink, and Joanna finally had her first poutine.
Quote of the day while trying to find the pop-up restaurant: “Which way is North? Aren’t you supposed to be a mountain man”, Joanna.