Sunday, November 25, 2007
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and we hope all of you did too. We were away from family but were able to call them, and see them (Skype really is amazing!). Here we are before our feast.
The Dragon Hill really is a beautiful hotel. We were surprised by how many people we knew who went there for the holiday. We got to know some of them much better, and we met some new friends. The dinner was quite good (with REAL mashed potatoes, which is one of my requirements for it to be a true holiday feast). In the evenings, we really did congregate in the hallway after the kids were in bed (sans pajamas).
Other highlights of this mini-vacation were a pedicure for Lynn, haircuts for Lynn and Patrick, and some exploring of Seoul. On Friday, we went with a group to the electronics market, where you can buy flowers (just kidding) cameras, TVs, etc. We think the discounts will be better after Christmas, so we did not buy anything there. On Saturday, we went to the Chosen, a store on the base managed by wives of the officers there. They get shipments from all over Asia of dresses, pottery, furniture, jewelry, art, linens, Tiffany lamps, etc. The last time I was there, I bought a rocking horse and a small purse for Adeline. This time, I bought a few jackets (75% off!!!) and some jewelry. I have my eyes on a globe where the countries are in different colors of stone/marble. Perhaps I will post pictures at some point. After lunch, we ventured on our own to two of the markets in Seoul, Insa-dong and Namdaemun. The first is a historic art district that reminded us of Soho. There were shops with pottery, art, tea, woodworking, and other gift items. Namdaemun is pure shopping chaos! It is an outdoor market with hundreds of stands and people everywhere. I bought a beautiful hand crocheted tablecloth. We had a lot of fun on our day of adventure, and Adeline did really well. I am SO thankful for Patrick's excellent sense of direction and ability to get around on any public transportation system.
When we woke up on Friday, after Thanksgiving, the hotel was decorated for....... Christmas!