Okay, I've done it again..... after meeting Miles yesterday we came back to the hotel and while Dustin uploaded all of the pictures and videos, I fell asleep with all of my clothes on - around 6:30 p.m. I guess yesterday just wiped me out. It is almost midnight here now and I decided to get up for a bit in hopes of sleeping in. This was also the first chance I got to see the video of Miles since I was out like a light by the time he finished them.
Yesterday morning we got up and had an amazing breakfast at our hotel restaurant. After that we headed to Seoul Tower in Namsam park. I knew that the trek was uphill, but I didn't realize that it was REALLY uphill. I've never climbed so many stairs in my entire life. This is me when I felt like I couldn't go anymore - only to find out later that we were about 1/20 of the way up the entirety of the stairs! However, getting to the top was well worth it. Once there we saw the wall of love notes that I've read about. People lock their love notes to each up there, all along the wall. I surprised Dustin with our own little threesome of locks that had our names on them. Maybe some day when we come back, we'll be able to find them again.
Once at Seoul Tower we also went up to the observation deck and had a snack at their cafe, which was also fun and really interesting.
After that we walked around the city a bit until utter exhaustion set in. We then headed back to the hotel as we waited for a very important meeting. Dustin was so nervous - does anyone remember our wedding day?? - a very close comparison for nervousness coming from Dustin, except I don't think he actually threw up this time.
I wish I could write in this blog how meaningful and important and beautiful that one hour of my life was, but I would never do it justice. There is no way to describe meeting a person you have loved for so long for the the first time. If it is any indication how overcome we were, we really only took the photographs that you see below. You would think that we would have been shooting constantly, but I think that we were both so taken by the moment that the camera just got in our way. In fact, you'll notice that the only picture I took of Dustin and Miles is completely blurry....(I thought you'd like that Mark), so even my instincts were out of whack. What surprised me the most was that he was FAST and EVERYWHERE! At one point he was wrestling a stuffed Pooh that was bigger than him. His uncle Colling would have been so proud. :)
Afterwards we went to a street vendor for a little snack since we could finally think straight and realized we were famished. Our plans were to go back to the hotel, post pictures, and then go out to eat at this great restaurant we've heard about.....that was until I completely sabotaged our plans with my messed up sleep schedule.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are going to go shopping like crazy. I already told Dustin to wear his most comfortable tennis shoes because the plan is to hit up some of the local markets.
On Thursday we have a luncheon where they honor the families and then afterwards we get to see Miles again - and then take him back to the hotel from there. We are very excited and nervous all at the same time. Our first night together.......wow.