Saturday, March 17, 2012

We have arrived!

We arrived last Thursday morning to a barely awake Seoul. The sun was just starting to rise as we got off the plane and entered the pristine modern airport.
After communicating through the use of English and maps with some staff at the airport to figure out our ground transportation to our temporary home, we were escorted by a charming older gentleman who drove us the hour + voyage into the city. Since it was an international taxi, he spoke decent English and gave us a bit of history and guide of our new home. Arriving to our hotel, we were informed we could not check in until 3pm, which gave us 6+ hours of time to kill. Luckily, our hotel is located in the center of the city near the old palaces, city hall and many other tourist sites.
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Although we were warned before we arrived that the weather in Seoul is comparable to Chicago, we were still not prepared. Since both Nicholas and I have spent the last 7+ years in mild climates (him longer with his SoCal days and then Colombia), we have both been shivering around the city. Everyone keeps telling us how nice the weather is and how Spring is almost here. And, it is true. The sun has been shining and we had two days of blue-ish skies. But man is it deceiving. We walk out and immediately have to put on the gloves, scarves, hats and stay bundled! Brrrrr... what is winter going to be like?? :)

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