This past weekend was Mother’s Day at home. Here in Korea it was a long holiday weekend in which both Children’s Day and Parent’s Day were celebrated. Last Wednesday, the day before the 4 day weekend, our school had Sports Day. Sports Day, so I’ve been told, is in part a celebration of families. It was a good time.
Thursday morning I spent a little time cleaning my apartment and getting ready to head to Seoul for the weekend. I feel like I’ve been spending many weekends in Seoul. Oh, wait. I have! All for the love of music.But more about that in a minute.
I know I have mentioned the Love Motels before. Usually when I stay the weekend in one I choose a hotel/motel specifically if the website I use to book indicates the bathroom has a bathtub. The particular place I had booked had listed a bathtub as one of the amenities, but alas, no tub. Oh, well. Disappointing, but such is life It was a decent enough for a place for somewhere I really only needed to sleep.
Friday I met a friend Annie (her English name) for the afternoon. She had some suggestions of places to go and we had a good time.
After she had to go, I continued to walk around and found myself exploring one of the palaces in Seoul. It seems that there was going to be a classical concert there that evening, and I was lucky to get to hear some of the dress rehearsal. It was really cool!
One other thing I came across that was unplanned was a memorial to those lost in the Sewoll Ferry accident. In short, what started out as a High School field trip ended in tragedy when almost 300 were drowned. Mostly students, but also some teachers and crew members. A handful were never found. This was the two year anniversary. I couldn’t bring myself to take any pictures close up. It just felt wrong. But I did take one from a distance.
Then Saturday, I did a little shopping in one of the many many underground shopping malls in Seoul. I’m not generally big on shopping, but since I’ve been here I find myself enjoying it a little more. But I still can’t do a whole days worth of “shop ’til you drop.’
Saturday night was the choir concert. The whole reason I decided to stay in Seoul for this weekend. So, here are a few pictures from call time through concert start. Mozart’s Requiem. It was the 3rd time I have been able to do this piece. I think I messed up a little more than I’d care to admit considering I’ve done it 3 x. But all in all, we did pretty good, I think.
Well, that’s it for now. TTYL.