It turns out CJ and Clara are not morning people. They didn't get up until 10am, and then CJ was still like a zombie. Corey and I had our cereal as they woke up. He was feeling bad thinking I wanted to see a lot more today. I had to tell him I had no more expectations of Korea other than to see them, so already he'd shown plenty. Since I had to catch a bus to the airport at 2pm, we stayed in Gangnam. First we wandered around the rich neighborhood that even the previous president lived in (his house was surrounded by guards). They were pretty impressive houses despite being in the middle of a city. Intermixed with the mansions was a bunch of TV and recording studios. It had become a fad to buy the fancy homes and turn them into studios. It probably appeals to their clients.
Next we went to Apgujeong-ro Road which was covered in hip new shops and coffee venues. We walled up and down pausing in Zara and H&M to cool down. In H&M, I kept CJ busy - we played with hairties, necklaces, danced, and she hid behind me waiting for
Corey and Clara to shop. At the end of the road was the high school Clara had gone. It was sponsored (and named after) the Hyundai corporation. A very nice school, it was unique in that it was coed and had an elevator (can you say nice part of town). We had lunch on our way back to the bus stop. I let Clara order so I could try some new dishes. She picked out Gimbal (sushi rolls), Naengmyeon (thin Noddles with spicy sauce), & Omurice (an omelette filled with rice) with Blue-pine punch (blue pineapple juice) to wash it down. During lunch, CJ kept talking about going to the park to play with Bobbi. Unfortunately, we took too long eating so there wasn't tome. Instead there was a fake grass area outside the restaurant that Corey said we could go play. When we got there CJ asked him what we were going to do (my thoughts exactly) because there were no playground equipment or anything. So we kept walking and found a fountain to play in instead. Soon though we had to leave for me to catch the bus. Hugs around, I told them goodbye. I truly had a
blast and had relaxed because I didn't have to plan anything!
An hour later I was at the airport heading back to Japan. I had no problem checking in and going through security. Once through I wanted to spend down some of the remaining Korean cash I had left over. I went in search of the airport for a little convenient our kiosk type store. I walked the entire gate area and didn't find a single one. Finally I gave up and any to get a drink (all that walking made me thirsty!). Since there wasn't stores or vending machines like in Japan, I went to a little cafe (avoiding Starbucks). They were seeking freshly made juice so I ordered a kiwi juice with my water. I noticed some interesting fish shaped cakes too so bought the box - woot, spent my money down! I had a cake and my juice waiting for the plane. The odd thing about Korean Air is that after priority boarding for those who need help or have status, they open it up to everyone. Instead of waiting in line I continued writing in my blog and was one of the last on board.
Also, they give you did no matter how long your flight. I got a chicken dinner with seaweed as the side instead of a roll. Best part was dessert - Brookshire chocolate blueberries.
My flight landed at 8pm so I had booked a room at a hotel in Narita. It was a quick 15 minute train ride and have me my own room (which was basically just the double bed). Doing a little repaving I was good to go for my trip to Nikko the next morning.
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