...And my first Korean snow
04.12.2006 -3 °C
Just 3 weeks til Christmas... and until I go to Vietnam. Winter has fully arrived now and it is damn cold! We had our coldest days yet at the weekend, just 2 degrees here in Jeonju on Saturday, and there was even some light snow! It didn't settle but I expect we'll be getting a lot more over the next couple of months. Then on Sunday I went to Seoul with Nicky and a new teacher called Zoe, and being 3 hours north of Jeonju, it was about 3 degrees colder. I ended up buying the first pair of ear muffs I have owned since primary school, just to try and keep my ears warm.
We'd gone to Seoul so that Nicky would finish off her christmas shopping and Zoe could have her first look around Seoul. We went to a trendy, arty place called Insadong, which is full of art galleries and souvenir shops selling traditional arts and crafts. There is a cool traditional style restaurant there which looks like it has been designed for hobbits, because it crams about 4 levels into the space normally used for 2, so its ceilings are only 5ft high! Its lovely though and it does some great food. We also went to a lovely little Indian cafe, once we'd got too cold to continue shopping. We also looked around an arty shopping centre/art gallery that had a huge Andy Warhol exihibition on. It was a really nice day.
I also went to Seoul the week before that. We went up on the Saturday to do some sightseeing and christmas shopping, and then in the evening we went to go and see a musical called Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The play started as a cabaret drag act about a rock n roll singing, east German transsexual. It then became a huge off-broadway musical, and then a award-winning movie. I had seen the movie a few years ago and loved it, so when I saw the play advertised in Seoul back in October, I suggest we all go to see it. Everyone was keen, so we got one of the Korean teachers, Liz, to book us some tickets and 10 of us headed to Seoul.
Now, two of our group, American couple, Kyle and Sarah, had seen Hedwig before and were big fans. So they decided to dress up in drag for the show. Unfortunately (or fortunately) they didn't have anywhere to get ready apart from the toilets at Hyewha underground station. The Koreans wandering through the station could quite believe what they were seeing, and after 5 minutes, there was a sizable crowd stood watching as Sarah applied Kyle's make up.