This is the ice cream I’m talking about. Like WHAT?
That’s lovely Toni (she’s a crackup) and Rita, the marvelous photographer and sometime maker of dramatic faces.
Today was a marvelous day, another day in Korea. After not getting to sleep until 4 am, I woke up at the crack of noon, showered and headed out into the land around 2. Middle schools must have just been getting out because the area I live in, Hyehwa, was crawling with kids. I picked up some stationary at Daiso, your one stop shop for everything in Korea, then hung out at a Tom and Tom’s cafe in Edae. I wrote some cards to friends and drank my usual green tea latte, like I never left Korea.
At 6, I met two lovely girls from the FLC class I taught last semester with Toni. We got some delicious galbi. I’m an idiot and forgot my camera, but luckily, they had theirs. These photos are from them, btw. ^^
After dinner, we went for dessert lattes at a quaint, dimly lit cafe called Caffe Caffe. keke. I tried a warm, bright lavender sweet potato latte (highly recommend). We talked some more, and it was literally just so nice to hang out with them. I love being in Korea on my own just for the sake of being in Korea, don’t get me wrong, but when I’m with friends I feel even more like I belong. I guess that’s true for everywhere, though.
Not yet willing to say goodbye, we took a bus to 강은’s neighborhood, Myeongdong. She showed both of us around. I never realized how many Japanese shops there are. (Do you remember that, Toni? Or Kelsey?) 강은 joked that she felt like a foreigner there. We walked around until the shops closed at ten, taking silly mirror pictures and ogling the stores. Then it was back to the subway, back to Hyehwa and an early bedtime for me. ^^
Myeong-dong dates back to the Joseon Dynasty when it was called Myeongryebang and was mostly used as a residential area. Now Myeongdong is one of Seoul’s main shopping districts featuring mid-to-high priced retail stores and international brand outlets. It is a particularly popular area for young people and tourists as a center for fashion and sight-seeing.