This past Thanksgiving weekend Eden & I jetted off to Seoul for some quality mother/daughter time, and it was awesome!
I had originally wanted to do a family trip to somewhere, not necessarily Seoul, but with an unpredictable work schedule for Matt we quickly realized that this was out of the question. Matt then suggested I just head away on a solo trip, something that I have been wanting to do for a while, but haven’t quite done it yet simply because I LOVE traveling with Matt & the girls.
It was around the time when I was researching places to go, solo, when it hit me; Eden is growing up, and way to quickly if you ask me! This time next year she will be in Kindergarten and while I know she is ready and I know parts of me are ready for her to go, Clio & I are going to miss having her around the house during the day so very much.
Thats when I decided Eden & I were well overdue for some quality mum/daughter time. I settled on going to Seoul for a few reasons…its a short and direct flight from Okinawa, it looked amazing & cheap and out of our bucket list, Seoul wasn’t anywhere near the top for Matt so I didn’t feel guilty about going.
Before I get started with recapping our adventures, I need to say a big shout out to Matt because not only was he 110% on board, he also took a day of his precious leave to watch Clio and to take us to the airport! My husband rocks!
Matt & Clio dropped us at the airport a couple hours before our scheduled departure of 11am and after sharing some popcorn we said our goodbyes and Eden & I made our way through to the departure lounge. Both the domestic and international terminal at Okinawa are pretty small, so with not a lot to do we ordered ice-cream, after all this was the start of our girls trip.
The 2 hour flight was non-eventful, we didn’t sleep but had plenty to chat about. Once we landed in Seoul and walked outside we quickly bundled up since we are not used to the fresh winter chill! We caught the Airport Express to Seoul Station before switching to line 4 and going a couple of stops to Myeongdong.
I started to get a little nervous at this point as I had booked us a guesthouse right in Myeongdong and all the reviews said that it was kind of hard to find. Thankfully I had taken several photos of maps and written down directions before hand and it only took 2 attempts! The first landed us one street over from where we needed to be, but I got confused because I could see one of the guesthouse signs right there but couldnt work out how to get to it.
We opted to stay at the K-Pop Residence over the popular Dragon Hill Lodge simply because of price and the fact that we were on holiday & therefore I wanted to get away from the government feel. I also love Youth Hostels & Backpackers which my Mum first introduced me too when I was 13 and can not wait to introduce Eden to them as well, although I think I will wait till she is a little older. A guesthouse was the ideal in-between.
The K-Pop Residence, while small, suited our needs perfectly. For starters we had bunk beds…Eden was beyond excited about this (a reason why I booked this guesthouse over others) it had underfloor heating which was welcomed whenever we returned from a long days adventuring in the cold and breakfast was included. The only downside to our room was the bathroom; it was one of those bathrooms that is like a cupboard which has everything in it; shower, toilet & sink, it didn’t actually bother me but I can see that this would be annoying to some people, Eden thought it was hilarious.
Once we got settled into our room we immediately ventured out to take in the streets of Myeongdong. We both loved it; there were vendors everywhere, mostly food but some other items also. Lots of shopping, while we didn’t go in it was so nice to see some shops from England. Lots of little things to look at, pose with or sit on; of course Eden did all of these. As the sun started to set, despite it being kind of early still, we trekked our way up to the cable car to take us to the N Seoul Tower.
Eden thoroughly enjoyed the quick cable ride up looking at all the city lights below. Once at the top we jumped off things (a common activity throughout our girls weekend) took pictures of the love locks and just soaked up the views. We contemplated going up the top of the tower but Eden who had the final call decided it was time to make our way back down and find some food, plus I think she just wanted to go on the cable car again!
The 15 minute walk back to our guesthouse area was the highlight of my day; I put my camera away along with my Mum hat and we ran through the streets holding hands, stopping every so often to catch our breath, jump off things and simply laugh.
Eden picked a place for dinner, I ordered a Korean beer not because I particularly wanted one but I knew if Matt was here he would be doing it, and we sat, tired but chatty until it was finally time to head home to bed; soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling Myeongdong streets as we walked back to the guest house.
By 7.45pm we were tucked up in our bunks excited for what the next day was going to bring!