Friday, February 21, 2014

Snowboarding at Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang

For my man's birthday I promised him I'd plan a snowboarding trip.  So we took the day off school on Valentine's day and headed out early to Pyeongchang (where the 2018 Olympics will be held).

Honestly, I feel as a foreigner, it's difficult to plan vacations or get a ton of information about things here in Korea.  So many cities around the world have a wealth of English language information, including copious reviews on Trip Advisor and helpful English websites.  Korea is a bit more of a challenge.

A famous ski resort called YongPyong is in PyeongChang, but it was kinda hard to figure out how to stay there, so I found a Holiday Inn at a nearby ski resort called Alpensia.

It was easy to make a reservation (albeit a bit pricy) so I went for it.  Then came to getting there.  That was another hassle in a busy week.  Finally I thought to call 1330, which is a number people can call of any type of information and they helped me find the number for a shuttle service.  It picked us up at 5:30 from Itaewon Station (near our house) so that was great.

So overall, planning it was a little confusing but once we were on our way it was great!

The resort was really nice and the hotel was the best I've stayed in in Korea.  The bed was so wonderful!  I'd recommend it for sure.  The panorama below is the view from our room!

There was a ton of fresh snow there, which was nice!  It's been pretty warm in Seoul and this was a nice surprise.  I was not sad to leave it though! :)

My man said the slopes were better for skiers, as they were pretty fast and steep.

I chose to sit in a coffee shop and then the room all day because I hate skiing.  It was great!!

On Friday, it was like a ghost town, no one there!  Saturday (when the pic below was taken) was a little busier, but still completely comfortable compared to other Korean skiing resorts I've been to.

All in all, it was a great (one over night) trip.  I think we'll plan one each year!

Uijeongbu Budaejjigae 의정부 부대찌개 본점

Winter means I just want to curl up in a ball and do nothing.  It happens every year without fail.  Maybe that's why I haven't updated this blog in four months?

Maybe I'm at a lack for inspiration?  Not really, I have plenty of posts and photos to share...who knows what's up with me.

I think I've gotten to the point that there's so much to say that I'm procrastinating on getting started, but I might as well start somewhere!

It's no secret Buddaejjiage is probably my favorite food. Something about that perfectly hearty and spicy broth, the chewy noodles, and all the processed meats I wouldn't normally eat...it just gets me every time.  Especially this time of year.

Over Lunar New Year break (end of January) my man and I trekked to Uijeongbu (1.5 hours or so by subway) to visit our friend Brandon.  What I had most on my mind (besides visiting our friend of course!!) was checking out "Buddaejiigae Street".  Apparently this guilty pleasure originated in the area, and there were tons of restaurants serving up the stew in this area.

It was cold and rainy out, but I was determined.  When we arrived we had no idea which one to go to, so we decided upon the one where people were standing outside the doors smiling and begging us to come in.  Works for me!

I must say, it was the best I've ever had!  My favorite is Nol Bu, but this was even better.

I didn't know what 본점 meant...Google translate tells me it means "flagship"!  Does this mean we stumbled on the original!?  I'm not sure...but I was very pleased with the experience.

I recommend it highly!