I'm in Love with This Dress

I just recently bought this dress at a Korean clothing market and I love it. I'm already sad because I can tell the fabric is the kind that won't stand the test of time and I will have to say goodbye to it long before I'm ready.

Don't worry. I'll make sure to take some outfit photos wearing this sweet, sweet dress as soon as I can, friends.

Out and About in Dongdaemun

Though the summer heat+humidity combo is slowly killing me here in Korea, sometimes I still go outside and see what there is to see. A friend and I went to the Dongdaemun Digital Design Plaza to wander around the crazy architecture piece. We only managed to stay outside for about thirty minutes before seeking shelter.

Photo from the Korea Herald website.

It looks like a space ship, right? Crazy cool building, honestly. Inside are some art exhibitions that change regularly. Here are a few more bright and sunny snapshots from the day.

In an effort to escape the heat, we walked along Cheonggyecheon AKA Cheongye Stream (Korean doesn't transliterate well into English sometimes!) for a while. And then we called it quits and found a building with air conditioning!

Bonus: This tiny picture has a tiny Sarah in it.

My Coworkers and I

Last school year (AKA the first six months I was here) I was reasonably happy at work. This year, when most of the staff at the school switched positions (this tends to happen yearly in Korea and no, it doesn't work particularly well), I ended up with two of my favorite people in the building. I'm looking forward to the next 8 months of getting to work with these ladies because we get along well and act like idiots together.

I think there are about 200 hundred photos from the hour and a half we spent at this place (because that's how Koreans roll). I look like a total idiot in 99.6% of them. If you don't believe me, just scroll down...

Weekend Tea Party

I live near a charming, manmade stream in my neighborhood that is the perfect place to hide away and pretend I'm in nature instead of the center of a huge metropolis.

You can see to my side there, a pitcher. I made some delicious tea (Madame Butterfly from one of my favorite tea shops back home in Portland) and we sat outside, in the "nature", talking and reading books. It was lovely.

Rest assured that you will likely see this stream area featured many more times this summer. It is going to be one of the only ways to beat the heat when I'm trying not to spend a fortune running the AC.

Wintertime Gyeongbok Palace

As I was looking through photos I took a few months ago, I can't remember what it felt like when it was cold enough to form ice on open water.

Sometimes, I still don't believe I live here.