Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday 3/29

We didn't realize it when we made reservations, but our hotel is not far from where the Namdaemun Gate used to be. It was destroyed by an arsonist not long ago, unfortunately, and Korea really misses one of it's national treasures. We're disappointed that we weren't able to see it. Here's a photo of what it looked like - the building structure behind the photo is where the gate stood.

We made a visit to the aquarium today as well - one of the highlights was the unique objects that were used as fish tanks. See below...
Another tidbit of fun from that visit - the rays are really used to people. I'm guessing they're fed by hand, and usually from above. Just after I took the photo below, I reached out over the water to point one out to Andrew. Got a bit of a shock when the sucker jumped a little bit out of the water right at my hand! It was probably coincidence, but Andrew is likely to tell anyone who listens about the "stingray that tried to bite us". :)
About halfway through the aquarium walking tour, there's a little snack bar and play area for the kids. Ingenious idea, that one. We figured out the vending machines, and as you can see - it was a well needed break. It's lightly carbonated grape juice that Andrew has - although with his look, you can imagine something much different!

We're having a lovely time so far, although we took today pretty easy. We were back at the hotel fairly early and had a small nap before going to dinner. Hopefully we'll all sleep all the way through tonight, rather than having a little party around 2 am again. We plan to go to the Korean National Museum tomorrow - should be fun!


At 4:07 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Very cool...I'm so gald you can share your trip this way. I keep thinking about you guys and wondering how everything is going. I'm sure your jumping out of your skin with excitement for Monday to finally be introduced to Alexander. Tell everyone I said hello!

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Thanks for sharing the pics, I am so excited for you! Have fun meeting Alex tomorrow!


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