Well I have to say I’m feeling super emo these days. I think it must be the intense work schedule getting to me. I really cannot wait for this next week and a half to pass, for the new teacher to get here, and for my schedule to get back to normal. Anyway, I digress…wouldn’t want to bore my adoring public with the icky details of my day to day. The weekend though..
So since I’ve been working till after 8 pm on Friday nights, and my weeks are quite busy (I know I said I wouldn’t talk about work, but this is going somewhere, I promise) I’ve spent the past two weekends being a lazy bum and sleeping a lot. Not even going out for drinks-which I think shows how tired I really am, not even happy hour can coax me out and away from my cozy bed. So after another weekend (well, Friday night and all day Saturday) spent lazing about and sleeping copius amounts, I ventured out on Sunday with Gloria, Jenny, Marisa and Frank to Ilsadong, a very traditional area of Seoul. It’s a great place to find lots of great, non-touristy, authentic Korean fare, from food and clothing to handicrafts. I will definetly be returning to the area before I go back to the States to pick up goodies for the fam and friends. We planned on just walking around, but decided to take a guided tour of Changdeok Gung, one of the oldest palaces in Korea. It’s actually known as one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty beginning in 1405. It has been attacked and reconstructed various times throughout history, but always maintains the original aesthetic. It’s a beautiful series of structures covering over 100 acres, built directly into the natural landscape. Basically you walk around the woods for the hour and a half tour, looking at incredibly old and amazing buildings that are tucked into corners like they were always meant to be there. Amazing.
After the tour Gloria showed us one of the three biggest bookstores in Seoul. You KNOW I love a bookstore. They had a very respectable English language section, and I picked up a few books. I also bought a children’s workbook for learning Korean. (It’s called “Yes! You Can Learn Korean!” It is written for small children and includes the alphabet song and exercises like circling the symbol that matches the first sound in dog. It’s what I do with my Korean kids. Hopefully it is correct, and I can truly learn Korean) And last, but not least, I bought the newest American issue of Elle, for the whopping price of 12,00 won-roughly $9USD. Totally worth it though. The day concluded with another lovely ride on the subway, then the bus, then falling asleep. Next weekend I think we’re going to the Cherry Blossom Festival. They should finally be in bloom by then-it’s been unseasonably chilly around here, so they’re a little late. I’m excited!
Last but not least-this is my new niece. 🙂 Isn’t she a doll?