Back in the middle of May, I traveled to Seoul to participate in the KAFLA Charity Walkathon at Gwanghwamun. Since the event started early Sunday morning, I spent Saturday night in Seoul near the City Hall. It was kind of cool since my hotel was right where they were having the Lantern Festival parade. I met up with some of my past Poly co-workers since I was the only one from my school attending. First, it was Mr. Kim. Then came my hero Mr. Roseberry! Man, I miss working and snacking with these people 🙁
We were given a map with 14 checkpoints to collect stamps from. First of all, it was sweltering hot. Second of all, I am fat and therefore cannot effortlessly stride along like Mr. Kim (pictured above). Martha and I did not follow the recommended course. We went from Checkpoint 1-4, hopped to 8 then backtracked to 7, 6, and 5. Then we went back to 9 and made it through 14. We finished in a little over 2 hours.
After finishing the race, Martha and I weaved our way through the backstreets of Bukchon Village. There’s a really cool market area there that I’ll have to come back and check out sometime. We met up with the rest of the Poly people and watched Mr. Kim play dodgeball. It almost made me miss teaching gym to 7 year olds. ALMOST.
We grabbed lunch at a local kimbap joint afterwards. I should’ve opted for fancier meal, but to be honest, I was starving. I spent the rest of my Sunday at Kyobo then Myeongdong. I met with Martha and Chom again to have dinner at Myeongdong Kalguksoo. I love that place! Anyways, I’m glad I went. Even though it was hot and I am horribly out of shape, it was a great day. I mean, when else are you going to roam around Bukchon Village. I can’t wait for the fall walkathon!