hiking achasan, brunch, cafes, and new friends | my life in seoul, korea VLOG
Hi everyone! Long time no nature :) Today we are going to finally hike Achasan! I don't know if we're going to make it to the very top but we're going to try our best. The path from the subway station to the mountain is very well marked but there's also just a parade of people in hiking gear that I'm following so yeah I have my water, I have my snacks packed. It's a beautiful day! Let's go! Update: this area is also filled with really cute cafes and a bunch of food - like market stalls - so in case you do forget any food on your way there, there's tons of convenience stores but there's also a lot of places selling fruit and all these really yummy snacks so yeah this is a really cute neighborhood. The hill begins - I see we're sloping up so I'm gonna focus on walking! So this is a program, the Seoul Trail, where you can essentially get a passport and then if you go to all of these trails all across Seoul, you can use this stamp and fill out your passport and then I guess once you finish it you actually get a kind of passport - you get a certificate. So one day
I will do it. Today is not the day but we're still gonna hike! Well this trip became real wholesome real fast. So I made eye contact with ahjusshi who started talking to me about how he - before he dies wants to see the sunset in Santa Barbara. So nice! And then I ended up stopping because I didn't want to walk up that kind of just rock face because I'm not wearing my non-slip shoes and he went up and when he got to the top he turned around and he waved! So I think we're heading to the same place, these should match up, so maybe I'll see him again but just how sweet! And before we get too far along I do want to give a shout out to this video sponsor, thank you so much Skillshare for sponsoring this.
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My home is down there, near the bridge. Oh wow, my home is over there, I think. Okay yeah this video should have come with a super wholesome warning. So I did end up meeting up with my friend up here. He took the hard way up the rock, I took the easy way. Turns out he lives around here and he studied - he really likes languages so he studied Arabic. I don't know where he learned English but he likes baseball. What, how nice! We just chatted for a really long time and it was just :) So that's a thing that I really I've talked about before but I miss that a lot about - where I'm from people tend to just strike up conversations randomly all the time which is kind of a blessing and a curse but I kind of miss it here, you don't get a lot of like stranger interactions and this was just really wholesome. So he says that he walks here all the
time and he loves to chat. I'm just gonna sit here for a little bit, the wind is picking up but it's gorgeous and everyone is just kind of parked out on the rock, taking in the view. It was super chill, it took me maybe maximum 20 minutes, I don't even know, from like the trailhead. Yeah I'm gonna chill and then we're gonna head down and we're gonna get some lunch so yeah thanks for coming with me. Sorry I'm not going to the top - he's going to the top! But I just kind of wanted to get a feel for it and then come back here in summer because it's going to look stunning in summer. It's gonna be so green and like I said it was a pretty easy hike so
yeah I'm going to leave you here, see you on the descent! You are too close to me friend... You look like a relatively clean pigeon though, all things considered. Who created this? Okay perfect timing, I'm suddenly so hungry and we are going to get soft tofu (soondubu). This is a pretty typical thing to get after you hike and there's a pretty famous place right around the corner from the mountain so let's go! That was delicious, amazing, love places that only have two things on the menu. And we are gonna head to a cafe but I just walked past another one called Cafe Acha which was beautiful but it was full so I'll link that - whoa sorry - I'll link that down below as well if you want to check it out because that was a gorgeous little cafe. But we're gonna head to another one because I do need just a little bit of coffee ooh there's a cute little plant store...
Hi! Time jump! We're back home, we're rested, we're changed, and we're heading to COEX to meet with Mehdi. We're gonna get dinner and he's going to teach me how to vlog properly around people, so hopefully there will actually be footage of Mehdi and yes - so I'm going to hop on a little bus, we're going to go get some dinner, okay? Okay! Now to find Mehdi...he has blue hair he should be easy to find! Also hi, we only saw the back of your head. Hello! Wow oh such service! Song and dance? Gold on top? We are bougie! Is that edible? Ye....no. lol. Okay horrible vlogger checking in to say goodbye to Mehdi. Bye bye thank you! Thank you for the burger, thank you for the dessert. Okay I will see you later bye goodbye goodbye!
So today was just a wholesome day from beginning to end. Mehdi is always wonderful, we talk way too much so I literally can't film because we're just chatting and he is just great please go follow him he's a little light. But I'm gonna actually head home and hopefully - oh there's, can you see him? BTS is really big over here. Oh it's the MTV unplugged. Anyway, yeah I'm gonna head home
and thank you so much for joining me - I will see you guys next time. I'm gonna head out of here before this screen starts showing like really creepy things - they have a couple like really unnerving things that go on on the screen so yeah I'm gonna head home but thank you for joining me, see you guys next time, love always! Good morning! So I realized that I ended that vlog on a really strange note so I'm back to take you out for coffee this morning. We're gonna hit this place that has been on my list since I think since I literally came to Seoul the first time. It's been here for a long
time. It's called mtl hannam and so I figured I'm gonna be meeting Kaila soon in this area so why don't I finally get coffee here. I have a book that I need to read - you guys might know what it is if you follow my book channel but anyway I'm gonna go get coffee, check out the cafe, read, have a wonderful morning.
Oh my god! Hi there! Big time jump, we just sat and had brunch and talked for a really really long time so that was that. This week has just kind of gotten away from me, there were things came up that were unexpected and things that were expected but I forgot about them and so I need to do all this stuff - anyway - so apologies that this was a little all over the place but it was a very lovely two days, got to see a lot of people that I love, made a lot of new friends etc - a lot of new friends meaning a barista who was really nice and an old man on a mountain but anyway - I'm going to end it here so thank you again to Skillshare for sponsoring this video once again the first 1000 people to click my link in the description box will get a free trial of the Skillshare premium membership. Yeah that's kind of it. The weather, I mean, we're literally like a week away from cherry blossoms happening. I'm gonna try and travel a little bit to catch as many as I can so get ready - hopefully this was the last video where I'm like 'oh my god everything is still brown' - the color green will be back in our lives soon! So yeah I'm going to see you guys next time, thanks as always for watching and have a good day night evening morning bye!