Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Seoul Sightseeing

After getting up at 5am today, we had our first full day of the Seoul experience. Our travel agency had set up a tour for us in which college students volunteer to take adopted parents around Seoul and in exchange, the college students get to practice their English. The first place that we went to was called Gyeongbok Palace. It was really neat and reminded me a bit of China. It was pretty difficult to maneuver a stroller with all those steps but pretty much most of Korea is difficult to get around with a stroller. I think I saw maybe 3 people today with strollers as the parents usually carried their children around. We also had some interesting experiences with Gracie and the people here as one lady came right up to her and gave her a huge hug. Gracie was a little freaked out by it but the lady meant well!

After the palace, we were all pretty famished so our guide Mia as Gracie called her, took us to a yummy Korean restaurant. Now for those who know me pretty well would call me somewhat of a picky eater but I did pretty well and was able to eat a full lunch and they even had Pepsi to drink! Gracie loved the white rice, even though she won't touch the stuff when we are at home. Hmmm, guess I will have to travel to Korea more often so Gracie can eat the rice!

Once our tummies were full, we all decided that we wanted to go to the famous Seoul tower. This tower is in the middle of Korea and you can take an elevator up and on a clear day, see the whole city of Seoul. I had read on my agencies' message boards that a lot of couples go to the tower to get engaged and when they do so, they put a lock on the fence to signify their eternal love and then throw the key over the mountain. I had bought a lock at Target and wrote all of our names on the bottom of it. I brought one key here and the other is at home. When Kyle gets older, we will give him the key so he knows that a little piece of all of us will be in Korea.

Tomorrow we get Kyle at 10:30am Korea time so it will be 7:30pm in CA. I am pretty nervous as I don't know what to expect. I am also excited too. Please keep us in your prayers that we have a smooth transition.

Well, I'm off to eat my cheesecake that Jerry bought me at the Starbucks in the lobby of our hotel. One bummer thing about this trip, is I definitely won't be losing 10 pounds like I did in China. The food here is actually pretty darn good and I even had Italian food for dinner, garlic bread and all!!! :)

Guard at the palace. It took a lot to coax this smile out of Gracie as she was freaked out!

Typical Jerry, need I say more?!

With our guide

All the cute school kids had pink sweatsuits on, even the boys!

Kyle's lock

I let Gracie pick a spot for the lock and of course she picked the Christmas tree!

Gracie in front of the gazillions of locks

Seoul from the top of the tower

Gracie's newest friends

At the top of the tower, they showed which direction the cities were and how far. I thought it was pretty cool that we found China.


Mom of Three said...

It looks so beautiful!! Gracie really looks like she is having fun, even if she is a little freaked out. I LOVE the locks! What a great symbol of love. Can't wait to see Kyle tomorrow!!!

Karen said...

Sounds like you had an awesome day!!!! So glad you're eating :)

WIll be praying for you tomorrow!! Can't wait to see pictures - and I will be stalking the post when you can!

Frank said...

Hi everyone,
Glad to hear all is well and you be enjoying yourselves and the food. We can't wait to see Kyle!
Wrigley says Hi and is doing okay.He misses you all and looks forward to your return. Our love and prayers are with you. Woof! Woof!
Uncle Frank and Wrigley

Kimberly and Ed said...

I miss the food in Seoul! We never made it to the Seoul tower:-( I am glad that you enjoyed the city tour (it was one of the highlights of our trip) and look forward to seeing you with Kyle tomorrow:-)

Anonymous said...

OMG...Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!!!!! You will officially be a mom of 2...YIKES!!!! its a ton of fun though!!!!!

Karen and Bob said...

It looks awesome there! Glad you are enjoying the food. Bring on Kyle! :)

Anonymous said...

You guys have been on my mind all day! Can't wait to see Baby Kyle! So glad to know that things are going well. Hugs and prayers! Ryan says "hi" to Gracie!
Love from Michelle & Ryan

Karen said...

PS - the lock thing is really cool!!!