Air Raid Sirens Break the Silence
Yesterday, the 15th of December, as happens every month on the 15th, unless the 15th falls on a weekend, there was an air raid drill at 2PM to allow South Koreans to practice what they would do in the event of a North Korean invasion. Yesterday was slightly different though, in that South Korea decided to make this one even more special with fighter jets flying across the skies of Seoul so that...
Santa Claus? 200 Santa Clauses? But why?
Yesterday was the Seoul Santacon event. If you missed it there’s always next year if you can stick around that long. Santacon isn’t an organization nor are they a flash mob as some Koreans were asking in the street. It’s really just a bunch of derelicts dressing up as Santa Claus and walking in a crowd together from place to place causing others who weren’t...
Wine Wine and more Wine
This past weekend, a few friends and I decided to hitch a ride on the slow train from Seoul to Yeongdong in Chungcheonbuk-do aboard the wine train. A wine train in Korea? You ask. Yes, it’s just that. The Chateau Mani Winery is nestled just outside this small town and that’s where we were headed. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The train pulled into the station and the...
With cool air comes lights
Seoul in the fall is beautiful. The leaves turn all the colors you’d hope for in the autumn. Red, yellow and orange leaves falling all around. If you were lucky you made it to the stream in central Seoul to catch the lantern festival with lanterns from around the Asian world. Along with the lanterns came massive amounts of people flooding the sidewalks to get as many photos as possible...