Jan 302014
 

I’ve started my photo essay on vehicles in Korea, which is in the “Essays” menu above.  I’ll post again about this, next time I update it.

At the same time, and related to adding the new drop-down menu, I’ve changed the theme of my blog to the Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha.  I like it so far, but need to figure out how to change the color of links, which are a little hard to read at the moment.

 Posted by on 30 Jan 2014
Jan 192014
 

2013-01-18 18 Lunar New Year Market cropped

Yesterday, we went to the Lunar New Year market, in front of City Hall.  It was interesting, but there was only food for sale, and none of it was to eat on the spot (except a stall outside where we had lunch).  Almost wrecked my lunch plans!  After that, we looked at the ice skating rink (1,000 won / hour, including skates!  That’s around euro 70 cents.)

2013-01-18 ilmin museumThen we stopped off at the Ilmin Museum for their “Animism” exhibit.  It was very good, but seemed more about animate vs inanimate than about animism as such, although that was part of it too.  It’s here for a while yet, so I may go back again.  Beautiful tickets too.

 

 Posted by on 19 Jan 2014
Jan 192014
 

It really is very dusty here.  This “yellow dust” blows in from the Gobi Desert, they say and causes huge amounts of dust in the air.  At this time of year, I believe that pollution from China (which we’ve all read about) exacerbate the problem, but nobody mentions that so who knows?

So everyone has large dust mops in their cars, and dusts off the cars regularly.  Jay, the Embassy driver, is of the view that you really need to clean your car around 4 times a day.

At least!  Yesterday, we went out to the Lunar New Year Market in front of City Hall (see next posting) and I dusted off the car before leaving.  I’d just washed the car the day before, so it was fairly clean.  Here’s a picture of the hood when we got back, which says it all:

yep, after only 4 hours outside

yep, after only 4 hours outside

 

 Posted by on 19 Jan 2014
Jan 182014
 

I’m a bit of an irregular blogger, as you may have noticed.  Here are some pics from a Korean barbeque dinner out that we had back on 11 Nov 2013.  The restaurant, recommended by a friend, was in a hotel not far from A’s office, so we parked there and walked.  Afterwards, we went for a stroll and ran across the Lantern Festival in Cheonggyecheon (the sunken creek that runs through the government / financial districts; there are a number of such creeks, which are wonderful pedestrian walkways).  As in many traditional restaurants that I’ve seen (and so all of them, I assume), a lot of diners opt for a private room.  Ours would have seated up to 4, but it was just the 3 of us (A., F. and myself).  While privacy can be nice, in general I prefer the ambiance of an open restaurant; I suppose it’s what you’re used to, eh?  Anyway, the meal was fantastic, we could comment on it secure in the knowledge that nobody could hear us (e.g., “do you think we should eat these dry noodles?”)…  Here are the pictures…

 

 

 Posted by on 18 Jan 2014