One of the first places I saw when I first came to Korea was Gyeongbokgung Palace. Now I've been there twice, another time in October when my mom and sister came to visit. Most people prefer to visit that palace because it is the most popular palaces. It is also the largest of the 5 palaces in Seoul from the Joseon Dynasty. So, I decided to finally see a different palace, Changdeokgung. Changdeokgung is east of Gyeongbokgung and walking distance, so you can actually visit both of them on the same day.
I haven't done anything cultural in Korea for awhile. A lot of foreigners talk about how beautiful the Hanok villages are. Hanok is what they call Korean traditional houses. The weather is starting to feel Spring like which is the best time to be outdoors, so I went to check out the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul.
Recently my contract ended, I was torn on whether or not to find a new school or stay at the one I was currently at. When I came to Korea I had no intentions of staying longer than a year, in fact I thought I wouldn't even make it a year because I thought I would get home sick. But, I didn't. I love Korea, which I never thought I would have thought. I know there are a lot of academies in Korea with better working hours, vacation time and other perks. But, I decided to stay at my branch because I love my coworkers, I love my kids and I like knowing what to expect at work. I've heard horror stories from a lot of people, even ones in my training group about not getting paid or their company shutting down. I was scared something like that could happen to be and then I would be screwed, so it would just be easier to stay.
I realized I hadn't made a post about this new dog cafe I went to. I had heard about Puppy Spoon from a co-worker who had randomly gone there. He had sent me a video of a dog riding a skateboard so I knew I had to check out this cafe. Puppy spoon was very easy to find, it is very close to Gangnam station (check below for directions). Puppy spoon is a dog cafe but it's not an ordinary dog cafe. These dogs are very well trained and perform tricks like skate boarding, math, riding a scooter, etc. You can talk to these dog and ask them single math questions and they will use their paws to count the number. I really like this place because it wasn't crowded. The first dog cafe I went to was so busy, this one felt more comfortable. There were a lot of dog breeds the other cafes didn't have, which was really nice to see.
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A while back I mentioned I tried to go to a cafe but it was closed. Well I went again and it was basically empty, thank god! Banana tree is located in Sinsa-Dong. There is only room for about 7 people to sit comfortably, so go early. They open at 12pm. Check out their Facebook for more information.
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