Sunday, December 27, 2009

Let It Snow... Let It SNOW

K: We've felt very fortunate to meet so many kind Koreans while we've been living here. Two nights ago we went with SangKwun and his friends for some drinks. When we mentioned that we love shabu shabu, one of the friends -- we failed to get his name... names don't seem very important here -- told us he wanted to treat us to his favorite shabu shabu restaurant.

So yesterday, we met him, Baek, and SangKwun in Sinchon for a shabu shabu lunch. He's the guy on the right.

We loved that the restaurant brought out a HUGE mound of fresh veggies to cook. There were loads of lettuce, fresh pumpkin, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, potatoes...

We also got some thinly sliced beef. Then we threw it all in the pot and mmmm...

It was the perfect meal for such a chilly day. When we entered the restaurant, there was just a light dusting of snow. But when we exited, we were met by some pretty serious flakes! YAY!

The streets of Seoul look so pretty covered in white.

We decided to walk off our lunch on Yongsei University's campus. That was where SangKwun's friend went to college. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.

I loved seeing the greenery with snow.

If you look closely, in the middle is an old fashioned building. I love the mixture of the old and the new.

Here we are, a little chilly, but thoroughly enjoying ourselves.

Here's me and SangKwun. He wasn't faring so well. Guangzhou, where he normally lives, is warm year round. He said he was wearing short sleeves before he boarded the plane. His teeth were really chattering!

After our walk, we visited a board game cafe for a game of Monopoly. These are essentially places with a ton of board games where you can get a little coffee or tea. Amazing idea if you ask me.

SangKwun had never played before, so it was all new to him. He did fairly well and ended up in 2nd place! Here's a shot of him planning and Baek mortgaging everything.

I don't think I've ever played an entire Monopoly game from start to finish where everyone goes bankrupt but that's what we did. It took over 2 hours!

Mark was the proud winner. I would attribute his success to a lot of hotels and some free parking luck.

I hear there's a lot of snow back in the Midwest as well. Hope you're all enjoying it as much as we are!

1 comment:

Jen said...

Merry Christmas, Johnsons! Miss you around the Lou, but so glad to see everything is going well for you guys.

The letters from your class are THE cutest! It's nice to know you have a great family-like atmosphere so far from home!