Monday came, but my flight was not until 10:15PM, via the same airline – Cebu Pacific Air. I checked-out from Jun Ho’s condominium few minutes pass the hour of 10AM. And since, I still have a full day to wander, I decided to go to Hongik University at Hongdae. Getting there was no fuss, since it is very accessible via Seoul’s subway through the station named after itself and just follow the arrows overhead, and it should tell you which exit to take.
Hongik University area appeared to be one of the most popular sites to visit when in Seoul. Tourists of different nationalities are flooding the street and a Tourist Information Desk/Assistance is even readily available to assist. A lot of the shops and stores were already open as early as noon time, while only few were still closed. You may want to bring an extra shopping bag, since a lot of items for sale are very easy on the budget.
I ate another Tuna-Mayonnaise onigiri and a chocolate cookie I purchased the night before and I stopped by a Turkish Kebab House – the Istanbul Kebab, to have a taste of their Shawarma; one of my most favorite food in the world.
And, for my daily dose of caffeine, I went to Angel-in-us Coffee, and I never expected how expensive their Café Americano was until I checked my credit card receipt. A large cup of Iced Americano costs 5800 won, which is about P257 in our local currency (PhP). The unmetered free Wi-Fi, nice and cool ambience, and the wide windows to watch passersby definitely compensated for the price. I burned about two (2) hours just sitting back and relaxing, while transferring some photos, updating my Instagram, listening to some 80’s music, and reading a book that was given to me during my Templestay the previous day.
I wandered some more by plodding the distant streets within the area and stopped by Baskin’ Robins for a cold Yoghurt ice cream. I stayed for another hour, to continue reading the book that I got for free, which was “Practice from the Heart. The Handbook of Practices in the Plum Village Tradition.