Apparently the gentrification of the neighborhood I'm living in has been pretty hardcore. Every year, the shops encroach on one more street, pushing homes further inward (though there's no place to go since you just hit a big hill/mountain and that's a park). I still haven't been inside this place b/c I can't figure out exactly what it is.
Today was my big pre-trip errand day. I dislike riding the subway. I prefer the bus; it's much nicer to stay above ground as much as possible. But Seoul is a very pedestrian-unfriendly city, so there's lots of crossing huge streets via underpass or risking being hit by a vehicle while trying to cross in the few seconds they give you every many minutes. But I have everything I need except snacks and a train ticket.
I'm just hoping that I can just buy a ticket at the station tomorrow early morning b/c booking online is still way too difficult a task for me. I've been staring at maps of Korea and still unable to make heads or tails of it all. Today's great big wonderful things: getting a box of books from Velma at the Fulbright office, and finding amazing Chinese dumplings for lunch. Time to pack.