（Contributed by Alana）
In the middle of May, I was lucky enough to get to take a two week vacation to visit South Korea. One of my best friends moved there last August to teach English so I took the opportunity to visit her. My boyfriend came with me so we could also do some other sightseeing.
To get to South Korea, we first had to fly from Toronto to Vancouver. This only took about five hours. The trip from Vancouver to Seoul was much longer – it took ten and a half hours. I find it very difficult to sleep on planes, so when we arrived, I was exhausted. We left Toronto at 8 am on Thursday and arrived in Seoul at 4 pm on Friday. It was tough to keep track of the time zones.
My friend picked us up at the airport and took us to the hostel we stayed at. Staying at a hostel was a great idea. We were able to meet lots of other travelers in the common room and it was much cheaper than staying at a hotel.
Our first night there we ate some fried pork and rice from a fast food vendor across the street and SLEPT! Saturday morning we woke up refreshed and did some sightseeing. We went to some different markets and shopping centres and ate some delicious food, like bulgogi. Saturday evening, we were still quite jetlagged so we returned to our hostel and slept.
Finally on Sunday, our jetlag was gone. It was also my friend’s last day with us in Seoul before she returned to her home city, so we went sightseeing some more to North Seoul Tower and some other shopping markets. I bought a lot of souvenirs on this day. We also saw a beautiful temple that was decorated in preparation for Buddha’s birthday with lanterns and statues.
We dropped our friend off at the airport late on Sunday evening and prepared for a few days in Seoul without her as our tour guide!