I'm always looking for things to do in Seoul, so when I heard about a cafe that had live sheep I knew I had to check it out. Of course I was alone. I love doing things by myself. The cafe is called "Thanks Nature Cafe". This one is also in Hongdae. Hongdae has many different theme cafes that I will be visiting.
I'm not the biggest sports fan, but one of the things I wanted to do in Korea is see a basketball game. So, that's just what we did this weekend. It was one of the first games this season. We saw the Samsung Thunders, the Seoul based team, versus Jeonju KCC. Naturally we will cheer for the Seoul team because those are the only games we can attend. The Thunders are ranked 8 out of 10, so they aren't the best team. Sports tickets are very affordable here. We paid 8,000 won ($8) for very close seats. Even court side seats are around 50,000 won. Also, the basketball league hasn't been around very long, it's about 18 years old. There are some overseas players on the teams as well.
I love these themed cafes in Korea. You never see these kind of things in North America, so I get so intrigued every time I see a new one. Today I went to a cafe called "Zoo Coffee." I've walked past this place many times because it is walking distance from my apartment, but I never went in. So I finally decided I would have lunch there. I didn't get a picture from the outside because I wasn't thinking, but I will add some more when I go back. The outside looked like you were walking into a jungle; there were so many leaves and plants outside the store. I ordered a ham & cheese sandwich with a cafe latte, which was pretty good. I got a set deal which was 7,400 won ($7.40) which is a steal compared to other cafes. Usually a sandwich is about $5-6 and a drink is about the same.
All summer my co-workers and I have been saying we would go to a sporting event, preferably baseball since there really wasn't anything else. But every weekend something came up or we worked too many hours and were tired. This weekend we FINALLY decided to go to a game. We saw the LG Twins vs. Doosun Bears, both Seoul based teams. We decided not to buy tickets online, but instead buy them at the door. Bad idea, all tickets were sold out! We ended up buying from a scalper for triple the price.... only 30,000 won ($30). We could have saved 20,000 won. But we had really good seats. If we had these seats in North America we probably would have paid $100 and up.
Well actually it wasn't the day, it was more like 2 or so hours. Of course we got there pretty late. The zoo closes at 7 pm and we got there around 5 pm. But I would recommend going around 2 or 3 pm if you are going just for the zoo. There is a botanical garden and animal shows as well. The Zoo is so easy to get to, it is right off of Seoul Grand Park subway station on the light blue line #4, after this you just follow the long path to the zoo. We paid 9,000 won ($9) for the zoo admission, elephant train and the sky lift to bring us to the top of the hill in the zoo.
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