I am seriously slow at posting my own photos because I spend all day long in editing and posting everyone else’s! I think it’s just one of those cons of the job – although it’s not really a con because when I eventually get to it, I still very much enjoy it!
A few years ago, I told Elliott how nice it would be for us to go to Korea together for our honeymoon (Apparently I was already banking on us getting married, I don’t know how I was so confident hahaha!) But the reason why I said this was because I thought it was craaaazzzyy that he hadn’t gone to his home country. Not even once!
The honest trust is that Elliott actually hadn’t been outside of North America before we met! I must have reiterated how crazy this was because in five months of knowing each other, we went on our first vacation together to Cuba. Cuba is technically central America but it was his first time on a plane flying “overseas” into a new continent and a new culture. Elliott may not have had that much on an inkling to visit his roots in Korea, but given that I’m Aussie (yes, we all have the travel-itch) I was pretty curious into knowing more about the culture.
On our trip back from Bali to Toronto, we decided to take a few days out to do a mini-moon and explore the city of Seoul. We only really had two full days here so it wasn’t really much of an exploration but it was a little taste of the city. We went to Seoul with no plans whatsoever so we just picked what we felt like doing that day. We took the train over to Gyeongbokgung, the largest and most famous royal palace in Seoul.
I really wasn’t expecting much – just to take a peek at one royal building and be off to have lunch. But we were so so surprised at how big it was. It only makes sense – it’s Seoul’s largest and most famous royal palace!!! I really enjoyed roaming around each section which was unexpectedly so different from the next. I had not really appreciated how beautiful the structures were until I was actually standing there right in front of it.
There were a lot of tourists around the whole palace, but we made the most of our photographer brains to make it look like we were the only people there. I find that Elliott and I have taken less and less photos of ourselves on trips. It is because we tend to overwork ourselves back at home and when we go on trips we just want to veg out and do absolutely nothing. But it really made me so happy to think creatively on our trip. I just love the reddy-pink section of the palace which is so so colourful! I look back at these photos and remember how much fun we had just walking around and exploring together.