One to go in the books, because think of it, how often do you get to see the Winter Olympics? Not often for me. Last month, Luuk and I were invited by Toyota Nederland to support TeamNL during the Winter Olympics in PyeonChang, South Korea. So far that is the furthest distance I have travelled. It was a short but crazy experience because even though we were only there for 4 full days, it felt like a whole week.
An 11-hour long flight to the capital city Seoul. You are going 9 hours ahead in time, so you almost miss a day. Strange? Yeah. The jetlag did not even have the chance to appear, as we were so excited about the trip. We stayed in Gangneung, a city on the eastern coast of South Korea. Nice, especially on the beach but Gangneung does not really have anything unique. We were here because of the Holland Heineken House and of course the Olympic skating stadium where Ireen Wüst once again realized her dream. In the Holland Heineken House we received a tour, we were allowed to watch backstage and we dined with Toyota Netherlands in the Heineken Lounge. We were also present at a number of ceremonies including the one of Ireen, and I must say that was quite special. Especially because you know that half of the Netherlands is watching live.
The following days we went to see the snowboarding and skiing for which we had to sit on a bus for quite a while as they were held elsewhere in the country. They were cool to attend but otherwise not so exciting, even though we sat one row in front of King Willem Alexander ;-). What I secretly looked forward to the most was the capital city Seoul. You expect the typical Asian hustle and bustle and many temples here. Unfortunately we could only stay here for 8 hours, so we went to the Changdeikgung Palace, which I truly enjoyed. So many details, clothing and colours. Of course I have shot quite a few photos and videos here. We ended the day with a Toyota dinner on the 33rd floor of the Jongno Tower. Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
In short, 4 busy but very great days. Toyota Netherlands, thanks for this unforgettable experience. Want to see more photos? Visit our South Korea Pinterest board.