This trip was actually my second visit to Korea in 2015; my first trip had been in January. On that trip, my girlfriend Autumn and I flew from Boston to visit her parents who had just moved to Korea for work. We spent a couple weeks exploring Seoul and the surrounding area and got in a lot of sightseeing.
This time around, Autumn and I would be traveling to Seoul from very different cities. In the time since our first trip, I had moved to Seattle for work and she had started a year-long contract with a school in Abu Dhabi. Visiting Korea gave us a chance to see both each other and spend time with her family.
I snagged a direct flight from Seattle using a mix of Delta miles and cash. I’ve actually grown to like transpacific flights; there’s something about having the flight take such a long time makes the relative pain of getting to the airport, through security and customs a little more bearable.
I arrived in Seoul’s pristine Incheon airport early Friday evening. From there, I hopped on the high-speed rail into the city where Autumn and her mother met me at the train station. We stopped at the grocery store before heading back to their home in a neighborhood called Hannam-Dong.
The next morning we woke up early to walk Autumn’s dogs in Seoul Forest - a large park on the edge of the city. Afterwards, we met Autumn’s college friend Gayin for lunch and drinks.
Autumn and I spent the remainder of the afternoon wandering around the Itaewon neightborhood and ended up at the Samsung Museum of Art which was featuring an exhibit about the history of Korean architecture.
That evening, we had dinner with Autumn’s parents before heading to Hongdae - Seoul’s “college town”. On Saturday night it’s filled with street performers, vendors, students, and music. Autumn and I walked around for a while and then stopped at an Izakaya for some drinks and a snack.