Day 3 was Saturday & we decided to be adventurous & head to a market in Seoul. It's called Dongdaemun market & it's apparently where you go to get cheap fabric & clothing. Dongdaemun means East gate & as we approached the area there is, sitting in the middle of the street, a giant gate. You could tell, back in the day when the cities were walled off from invaders, this was once an entryway. Absolutely beautiful & such an odd thing to see in the middle of all the hustle & bustle. We weren't entirely sure what we were looking for, I figured it would be a street market but we saw a tall building that said 'Dongdaemun Market' so we headed for that completely unaware what awaited us inside. That building was 7 stories of fabric, nothing but fabric as far as the eye could see. Vendors were crammed into any open space & their fabric was bulging out into the aisles. Daric commented the building was a giant fire hazard, he kind of had a point! We got kind of lost inside since every space looked the same, "haven't we passed this leopard print already?" I finally noticed signs directing you to the escalators & elevator. Even the signs were confusing, the arrows were misleading. The elevators had a stewardess in it, complete with 50's type uniform with matching hat, who pressed the buttons for you. We finally exited the rear of the building onto the real market. A stretch of street we couldn't see the end of with shops up & down each side & alleys snaking throughout lined with restaurants & street vendors. After our fabric fiasco we weren't up for walking the entire thing so we stopped at the food vendors. We got a spicy sweet & sour type chicken that came with potato wedges & rice shaped into what looked like a fingerling potato. That was incredible & CHEAP for a box crammed packed with chicken. We had chicken skewers, also amazing & cheap, spicy hot dogs sort of like a long bratwurst on a bun with a kimchi/coleslaw hybrid slathered all over, phenomenal! We had a spicy pork bun, she wasn't kidding when she said spicy, and topped it all off with what I can only describe as mini churros. 5 for 1,000 won can't beat that! (1,200 won is $1) As we headed back to the train station I noticed a coffee cart type thing that I'd seen around the train stations elsewhere. I stopped to see what people were getting since I can't read Korean. 1 girl got a smoothie so I asked for the same thing. The girl in the shack cut up the peaches right into the blender added a little ice & a splash of water then blended. You wouldn't think something so simple would be so stinking good but it was so fresh tasting, I'm drooling just thinking about it! Daric got a banana/kiwi smoothie which was surprisingly good, it had a tart little kick to it. That was how we ended day 3.
Day 4 we woke up & got a call from the realtor saying the insurance had been sorted out we could move in to the apartment...finally! We packed our bags & headed for home. Now it feels like home. We unpacked the suitcases, got settled in, & set up rooms as best we could with what we have. We went to our little grocery store to get toilet paper & drinks, they don't recommend drinking out of the faucet here, our landlord is going to install a water filter soon which will be nice. We decided we'd try to figure out the buses since we see them passing us walking from the train station & we noticed bus stops all around the apartment. We started walking & before we knew it we walked right into a bustling shopping center, right down the street! There's a mall, a German bakery, 2 Parisian bakeries, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins & a 7-11. We had Pizza Hut for dinner only it's very different from an American pizza hut. Our pizza was topped with bulgogi & bbq chicken. Quite possibly the best pizza I've ever had. The kids had orange ade to drink which was like fresh squeezed oj mixed with sprite. So good. I had a blueberry soda also super yummy. Our bill however was not super yummy! It was 58,000 won for 1 pizza & 5 drinks which is around $50. Yikes! That's going to be a once in a while treat. We got Dunkin Donuts for dessert & a few treats from the Parisian bakery. So, so good! Went home & showered & got ready for bed. That was day 4.