Today is day 2 in Seoul. As you know, I arrived safely and got into my apartment without any problems. I spent day 1 exploring a little. I found out that Korea has a different wifi system so my amazing netbook is not so much a netbook. I’m going to look into getting it koreanized. So I knew that my family would be worried if they didn’t hear from me soon. After a little adventure with the ATMs and other random issues, I finally sent out the needed emails and posted yesterdays blog. Next: figuring out public transit. Danielle is probably laughing at this. I love city subways. I love maps. Give me 5 minutes with a metro map and I am set. Seoul is a little more complex than I am used to in terms of the subway system, but after a few rides, I am happy to say that I have mastered it. It’s one of the best systems really. So clean, in the stations and the trains. Everything runs really smoothly. I’m not sure what it costs. I bought a little zip card that you can recharge. It took me a while to figure out how to put money on it, and I know the first day of travels cost me about $2, but I have no clue how or why. It’s not as direct as you would think. Anyways, I found my way to the north side of the city, over the beautiful Han River. Oh man, Korea has some truly beautiful sites. The river is pretty enough, but then you have these beautiful bridges stretching over it.
The other beautiful thing I have to comment on is the women here. I have caught myself staring at some of the women that I walk past. I think Korean women are some of the most beautiful women in the world. And not just one here or there, most of the women I see on the street are just plain pretty. I haven’t really noticed the men in a good or bad way. Korea is quite the opposite of Chile. In Chile the men would stare at us gringas which was just awkward and infuriating. Here, staring must be really rude since no one stares. I have only seen a handful of foreigners so I know I am an out of the norm occurrence. But no one seems to notice. I can’t even catch the eye of people on the train with me. Whenever I interact with someone, like a store clerk, they are all kindness. But people on the street seem less inclined to talk to foreigners. I am going to a church tomorrow so hopefully I will meet people there.