For weeks, I had been looking forward to skiing in Yeongpyong the weekend of December 16th. It was all I had been talking about. Located a measly two hours away from Seoul, Yeongpyong is to be the site of the 2018 Alpine portion of the Winter Olympics. I’m crazy about winter. I love everything about it. I am particularly fond of being in the mountains and skiing. I couldn’t wait to go skiing.
And then I remembered the Seoul Design Festival was the same weekend.
I hesitated. I mulled. I pouted. I conceeded to the Seoul Design Festival.
It turned out to definately be the right decision.
Seoul Design Festival was held at COEX, a complex of epic, unworldly proportions. A hybrid super-mall/ convention center, the sheer scale of COEX blew my mind. Going into SDF (Seoul Design Festival) I was unsure of what to expect. It blew any and all expectations I may have had out of the water.
What I found most impressive was the presentation of the entire festival. Purple scaffolding, large wooden structures for oversize posters and a collaborative sound station were just a few of the treats the Seoul Design Festival had to offer.
Check out some of my favorites or see the full set on my Flickr.
Nice Type. Book, Art, Objet. Wait a minute… Objet? Unfortunate mistake?
Teaching is marvelous. I am in love with my kids and I enjoy almost every moment of being with my little babes. How could these faces not make you happy and put a smile on your face?
I recently experienced my first field trip. It was much less stressful than I antcipated. More time was spent dressing and undressing the babes in warm layers than anything else.
Samsung Children’s Museum is basically an educational playground for younger kids. The kiddos had a blast exploring and playing. It was a welcome escape from the monotony of workbook page after workbook page.
For more photos, visit my Flickr. Enjoy!
Just south-east of Jeongneung lies an oasis of charming streets, small art galleries and charming wine bistros. Welcome to Samcheong-dong: the anti-Seoul. It is populated with fresh air, blue skies and a strange serenity.
After only 1 visit, I already adore it. Even more impressive than this neighborhood’s sprawling cuteness is the food. Real. Wonderful. Honest-to-god. Food. After being here almost 3 months, Slow Garden was absoulte heaven. I had the pleasure of indulging in a mushroom risotto and a glass. of. wine.
My first glass of wine in almost 3 months.
Check out the photos on my Flickr. They’re cute. They’re weird. And I can’t wait to go back for more.
Recently, Korea has really started to grow on me.
As the initial, instinctual appeal of the epic Seoul nightlife scene wore off, I found myself homesick and wanting to discover things that were real. More substantial. That wouldn’t make me feel like I was hit by a train the next day.
I began to discover that Seoul has much more to offer than an outrageous, albeight amazingly impressive club scene.
Enter AA Design Museum.
I recently had the pleasure of celebrating a birthday in Korea. It’s hard to believe it has been a year since I was sucking down a flute of Bailey’s at The Wood Tavern and devouring a chocolate cake.
I am so lucky to be on this adventure and I am unbelievably excited for the year to come. I am blessed with fantastic co-workers whose company I enjoy tremendously. These lovely ladies and their spirits amaze and inspire me.
Twenty-four is going to be epic, I can feel it.
If that’s not a post full of cheese, I don’t know what is.
While most of Seoul may be overflowing with towering skyscraper apartment buildings, streets glowing with strip after strip of neon lights and barbecue joints where the soju flows freer than water, Jeongneung is not. Nestled at the foot of Mount Bukhansan, just north-east of the city center, Jeongneung is a quiet, primarily residential neighborhood. Despite its shortcomings in public transportation (no subway stop?!) I am thankful to call this hood my home for the next 9 months.
This photograph was taken from the roof of our 6-story apartment building a few weeks ago.