I went to Myeongdong Cathedral for Mass this morning! I wasn’t really sure how to get there, except to get out at Exit 8, but luckily I recognised the place from watching You’re Beautiful and had a general idea of what to look out for, not to mention the Cathedral is so big that you can see it over most of the shops we passed! After Mass, I joined Siying, who had been waiting for me the entire time, at Holly’s Coffee for breakfast.
Waffle with cream and apple blossom ice tea!
In the last two-three days, I’ve been to about 5 different cafes (and there’s still many more to explore!) and I’ve already decided this is where most of my money will be going to.
Although meals are a lot cheaper here in Korea than elsewhere, cafes are a whole different story. The drinks are yummy and the food delicious, but the drinks are actually more expensive (than what I was willing to pay for back in Sydney). My waffle cost only 2500W but the drink was 5 300W – which is not bad! But, I later had a frappe from Angel-in-us cafe and that cost me 5 800W which is even more expensive than a green tea frappe from Starbucks, right? At least the staff there were friendly though! I ordered in Korean (or attempted to) and had no idea what the guy was saying back to me but he was very patient and spoke really slowly … then eventually talked back to me in English LOL. See how fail I am??
Anyway, originally we were meant to spend a day at Everland, but after Mass it was raining too heavily for a day at a themepark, so we decided to go to COEX in Samseong (삼성) instead! Sara and I were particularly excited about visiting the aquarium! It cost 17 500W for an adult and there are about 12 sections. I took lots of photos but I’m pretty sure no one really wants to read about my fascination with all the fish and sea creatures etc., so I’ve just uploaded everything onto facebook!
Highlights for me included:
Children’s entertainment room (obviously the best thing about an aquarium)
CHOCOLATE DIPPIN’ DOTS!
A sign telling us not to throw around the starfish
THE PENGUINS!!!! You see the one at the back facing the wall? I don’t know what it was doing/what was wrong with it but the 5-10 minutes I was watching the penguins, it stayed in that position. It was so damn cute.
There were also otters, seals, prairie dogs, hedgehogs, sharks, gigantic fish that were even larger than the kids who went to see them, hugeass turtles, a two headed turtle, GIANT SPIDER CRABS DDD: They’re basically gigantic spiders with the outer appearance of a crab. Not that appealing, to be honest.
Also, there was this one tank we saw where we were pretty sure a fish in it died. Some guy even looked at it and went “죽겠어요” lol. It wasn’t just dead though, it was actually stuck/speared vertically to the side of the tank. Holes were cut out of the tank so that water could spout out of it, but one of the holes was clogged up by the fish. I took photos but I have no idea why I did because every time I look at it, I gag a little and it makes me squirm. They’re on my facebook but I don’t want to post them here because it’ll ruin my post!!!1
Anyway, after the aquarium, we had lunch at Jackie’s kitchen! As in, Jackie Chan’s restaurant. And we watched Harry Potter again! We’d all seen it before but not together, so it was a little different, I guess. Also, there were Korean subtitles this time which I tried to follow.
It sounds like we didn’t do much but we actually got back to Hyehwa just before 11pm. (My mum was so worried, having not heard from me for the whole day…). Sara and Laurie-anne are leaving tomorrow so I’m so sad! 😦 We’re all still awake, too (It’s 4.05am), tweeting to each other. Me and Siying moved to a new room today so we’re actually sharing a double bed and the both of us are just sitting with our laptops. It looks quite amusing, actually. I took a photo but put my camera away so I shall upload it another day (:.
Should head off to bed now, goodnight!