First Day in Gwangju!

Woo hoo, We’re here! I’m not going to recap our journey here yet because honestly we’re both just so over travelling and it wasn’t the most fun 24 hours, but we made it. Due to Seollal (new year) in Korea, the trains were crazy on Friday so we ended up spending an extra night in Seoul, arriving in Gwangju at lunch time today (Saturday).

Our home for the next five days or so is this super cute Airbnb in the downtown area. It’s teeny tiny but full of light and has a fantastic view of the city.

We spent today getting here, settling in and sorting out our laundry before heading out to get some supplies. Unlike when we’ve been to Korea on vacation we’re trying to get used to cooking healthy food at home right away, so we found the closest supermarket on Kakao Maps and set off in that general direction. It was a crisp, clear day and the sunset was beautiful over the city.

We ended up going to Emart and getting hopefully enough stuff to last us a few days. The only thing we wanted that we couldn’t find was plain porridge oats for breakfast, so we’ll keep looking for those. I think I remember Rachel mentioning an organic market somewhere near our school so we might try to find that tomorrow.

So what does 40,000KRW/Β£27 buy you in Gwangju? For our money we picked up…

  • Eight oranges
  • A bunch of bananas
  • 3 tubs of microwavable rice
  • A bag of peeled garlic
  • Chillis
  • Mini peppers
  • Onions
  • Giant spring onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Beansprouts
  • Kimchi
  • Tea Stained Eggs (<< We totally thought these were just raw eggs but nevermind)
  • Soy sauce
  • Milk
  • Pork Loin Strips
  • Washing up Sponges
  • Laundry Detergent

Once we move into our school’s apartment we should be able to save money buy buying things like grains and tins in bulk, and visiting local markets for our fruits and veggies. Jod made a delicious dinner tonight of marinated pork and vegetable stirfry with rice, egg & kimchi, so delicious and healthy too thanks to the super lean pork loin and Frylight I brought with us.

We plan to get out and do a lot more exploring tomorrow but the rest of tonight is going to be spent chilling out watching Korean Masterchef, bliss!

P.S The bedding in this apartment is VELOUR and it is SO comfortable it’s unreal. I am a complete convert. We should all be sleeping in old Juicy Couture tracksuits circa 2004.

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