Filivino’s Guide to Seoul
Filivino and family recently went to Seoul!
Not long after our trip to Denver we were back in the air for an extended international trip to Seoul, South Korea. While this was not my first trip to Seoul, it was our first trip with a child on hand. And this post will focus on this trip, a future post may include our trips to Jeju, Busan, and the DMZ. And this may become a multipart post because we were there a while and there is TONS to do!
I found the most of the time when we told someone we were going to Korea, the reactions, were, “Business?”, “Military”, and “Why?”. Unfortunately people don’t really know a lot about Korea as a travel destination which is too bad because it is an extraordinarily beautiful country with lovely people and something to offer everyone.
Things to know:
It took a good three days for us to adjust to the time change. The subtitle of this part of the blog is “Dragged around the world by a toddler”, but on this trip, in the beginning, we were the ones dragging the toddler around. Which brings me to tip #1.
Tip #1 – Bring a stroller. Flying Lad fell asleep a number of times while we were out and about. We brought an umbrella stroller. It would’ve been nice to have a stroller that reclined to keep his head from falling forward as he slept, but our umbrella stroller was a bit easier to lug around. You will notice around Seoul that anyone else that has a stroller has something super fancy. Don’t get stroller envy! You need to be agile and light!
Back to the jet lag. One day we’d be falling asleep and Flying Lad would still be up playing on the computer and would come to bed when the battery died. The next day, Flying Lad would fall asleep in the early evening and wake up in the middle of the night (fully rested)!
Another thing about waking up early–breakfast. Most coffee shops and restaurants don’t open until 8:00 or later, which feels late when you’re waking up at 5 or 6 AM. There are some cafes that open early – 6:30/7:30 – Starbucks, for example – and we got some yogurt at a convenience store one morning. We were really happy to have breakfast included at our second hotel and that the buffet opened at 6:30. I eat eggs and veggies in the morning and Flying Lad likes oatmeal some mornings, a breakfast sandwich others, so having the hotel breakfast buffet just downstairs helped us get a healthy start to our days.