Teaser post was of a rest area). The bathrooms have bidets, toilets, and oriental water closets (basically a hole in the floor). There are dozens of choices for food (American & Korean) and coffee, as well as a dozen or more stores to do your impulse shopping. We only spent about 10-15 minutes there since we were already about an hour behind schedule, though.
We're hoping that one of ours will be among the 3% that make it through the kiln!
Our next stop was lunch. We had a traditional Korean lunch sitting on pillows on the floor and eating rounds of banchan (Korean side dishes), as well as soups, rice, and duk (Korean rice cake). The table already had many, many dishes on it when we arrived, and they continued to bring us dish after dish throughout the meal. The kids ate a lot of rice and were challenged to try several foods. Cade tried a few; Kennedy wasn't up for it, though. After lunch, we were each supplied with two locally-harvested apples as we boarded the bus for our next destination.
the 1st gateway
Cade ended up walking without us for most of the hike, so we got family pictures without him!
We checked into our room, dropped off our bags, and were very pleased with American-style accommodations. We had beds (not plush, but not rock hard), a couch (it was rock hard), and a table. We headed down to dinner shortly thereafter where we learned that not everyone had American-style accommodations. Across the hall, the singles got Korean-style bedding (a mat on the floor) and Korean-style chairs (a pillow on the floor). We enjoyed a great dinner of bulgogi, various banchan, and a delicious salad, followed by soft cookies for dessert. The kids had rice. Again.
no, this is not our hotel...just another stop along our hike
Here's where things got really interesting...our hotel had a hot springs in it, so I had my first experience at a jjimjilbang. A jjimjilbang is a Korean bath house which usually includes a sauna and hot springs or hot tub. Traditionally, they have several different types of saunas and several rooms. Most are gender-segregated because in traditional jjimjilbangs you are required to be naked. There are a number of rituals that go along with the jjimjilbangs that I won't go into here. Let me just say that experiencing a traditional jjimjilbang with about 15 of your female co-workers makes for an interesting evening!
Meanwhile, Eric put the kids to bed with Cade at the foot of the twin bed that Kennedy was sleeping in...even with American-style beds, things tend to be a little off...needless to say Cade woke up a few time in the night and crawled into our full-sized bed. I can't say that we slept restfully all night, but it was considerably better than the one night we spent in the Capitol Hotel here in Seoul.
Kennedy and Haven traipsing through the leaves
the view from our hotel room Sunday morning