Our South Korea trip for Kia continues!
Let me just say that the hotel we stayed in was amazing! We stayed in the Lotte Hotel World in the Jamsil area of Seoul. It has been recognised as Koreans’ favourite hotel, and I know why! It was so beautiful, and right in the heart of town where we could walk to the most amazing shopping mall.
After arriving and settling in, we went downstairs for dinner. It was such a nice way to get to know each other and chat about the week we were expecting to have. It was so surreal for all of us, we still couldn’t believe it.
Day two started with breakfast at the hotel, which is a buffet. If you know me you will know that a buffet breakfast is my BEST! Hard to believe for a trainer, I know, but the poor boys. Shame. I have a bit of an obsession with pastries, so I totally had pastries every morning. Sorry, not sorry. We were all about coffee every morning too! Luckily Gavin is a wannabe barista so we eventually had him making us cappuccinos 😉
From breakfast we enjoyed a Conference at Kia Motors Global Headquarters. The Program included an Introduction to Kia Motors, a brief explanation of Korean culture, a Photo session and an HQ Lobby tour. It was so interesting learning all about Kia and the history behind this incredible company. My biggest takeaway was how much they genuinely care about their customers. You really can feel it.
Lunch was at DioDia, which is an International buffet. Yup, you had me at buffet! It was amazing trying out all of the Korean food, as well as the most AMAZING sushi. The boys got more adventurous than me. Pink sushi?! A yes from me.
After lunch we went to the Korean Folk Village. This is a Korean folk village where you can experience traditional Korean culture, including their lifestyles, beliefs, and customs. We were able to view traditional architecture, watch traditional ceremonies and participate in traditional folk games. It was so fascinating to see how their houses were built back in the day, how they cooked and how they lived as families.
After the Korean folk village we went back to the hotel and got ready for the welcome dinner! The Welcome Dinner was at Lotte Hotel World and it was an official welcoming dinner party for all participants. WOW! We were told to dress smart, but I didn’t expect a proper fancy gala evening. It was incredible. It was so nice to mingle at the cocktail portion of the event, and then we found our table in the hall. We were mixed around which was nice. We were seated with out friends from Israel as well as a Director from Kia. It was so nice getting to know the team from Israel and break the ice for the rest of the trip as they were on our bus. We were treated to a vast amount of courses and they were incredible! There were a few speeches and then some awesome Korean dancing. All in all it was a fantastic evening.
You see! #AlwaysCharging
And then onto the FOOD! Nation and I kept having to remind each other to take pics before we ate! My soup wasn’t so lucky as you can see.
Can we just have a moment for that dessert? Right up my sweet tooth alley.
All of us all together! Such an amazing bunch of people from so many different countries.
Off to bed tired but excited for day number 3!
Watch the highlights of Day Two here