Hooker Hill, Dark Alleys And Dancing

This week the itch to go two stepping was so strong. I’ve missed it since moving to Korea and so far I’ve been able to manage, but the need to put my boots on and take a spin around the dance floor has been growing. Trying to find info on local country bars, I stumbled across a place in Seoul, a place called the Grand Ole Opry. My friend Leslie had mentioned going to Seoul for the lantern festival so I messaged her to see if I could con her into getting her two step swag on while we were up there. I used the word swag to persuade her because I’m pretty sure Leslie has never been to a country bar in her life. 

 
I put my boots in my backpack and headed to the train station to make my way to Seoul. I booked a hostel online, the only 1 of two left in Itaewon that had rooms on such short notice.
With a 92% rating, I didn’t think twice about whether or not the hostel was good but that changed very fast when Leslie and I had trouble finding it.
A staff member meet us outside of McDonald’s to escort us to the hostel. We walked down the street, turned down a dark alley, then a second dark alley. With no businesses or humans in sight, I started to get a little nervous when we turned down a 3rd dark alley, not even wide enough for two people to stand side by side and walk through.
After the third dark alley we walked up a very narrow flight of stairs to be escorted to our rooms. Thank goodness Korea is such a safe place. I can’t imagine what we could have encountered if that was the case in any other country. 
 
After grabbing a bite to eat and listening to some Jazz music, Leslie and I roamed around Itaewon trying to find the Grand Ole Opry. I couldn’t find the Opry on my GPS and the only directions listed on the internet were “It’s at the top of Hooker Hill.”
I found a foreigner and asked if they knew where it was to get a quick “Nope, sorry.” So I resorted to asking the next two gentleman I saw if they knew where hooker hill was. It was quite entertaining to watch people’s reactions to that question. We had an extremely difficult time trying to find it so I had to ask several people. Two men got very excited we were going to hooker hill and told us to have a great time. Another man, I can only assume purposefully directed us away from hooker hill maybe due to embarrassment as we were standing so close to it when I asked him where it was. And the final gentleman we asked (who was the one that helped us find it) paired his response with “Don’t ask me how I know.”  
 
We managed to find the country bar only for me to be completely disappointed as there were only about 6 people in the entire place and the dance floor was only the size of a queen size bed. Needless to say we left very soon after arriving. 
 

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