Solo in Seoul

A LAYOVER

Is basically a city saying: hey, come explore me! I had 12 hours in Seoul on my trek home from Cambodia, so I grabbed a map at the airport and hopped on the train. I started at the Gyeongbokgung palace (yes, that's the real name). It was about 20 degrees out, and having just left the middle of the jungle and am not a planner, ended up in some light pants and a sweater. People at the palace were in parkas, no joke. They were looking at me like I was crazy, but the adrenaline from the dramatic live music at the entrance, and the energy of a new and undiscovered city kept me warm through my adventures (also a seconds sweater I picked up on the subway). The palace was by far the best part, and so strikingly beautiful. I've never visited a fast paced Eastern Asian country, and this short taste of the culture just left me wanting more (as per usual).