It started yesterday afternoon: Fluffy snowflakes falling upon the city. it was enough to make the children extremely happy and let their mothers wait on the schoolground when they came to pick them up...
The traffic went with 15 km/h and the Koreans seem to be reluctant when it comes to using winter tires. Traffic usually moves slow here in the city- for no apparent reason. Maybe because they change lines without indicating it, they don't look in the rear mirror or they are engaged in conversation on the phone. Just add bad weather conditions and you have chaos! We had to take a different road and drive back several kilometers because a street was blocked due to a taxi having crashed into a shop and a passer by and watcher of the scene just did not make it up the hill and stopped for good in the middle of the street. To be on the safe side, the police blocked the whole road in both directions!
So now you have a glimpse into daily life on the streets of Seoul.
At home it looked much more tranquil without the traffic.
So we snuggled up on the sofa, had some treats and watched two episodes of Gilmore Girls. The children just love it!
The next morning I had to get up very early because the children were going again to a ski resort with school. So departure time was at 7 something at school and my phone greeted me with these weather conditions:
A sled would have been better but we had to take the car. The next underground is a few kilometers away. That is the bad thing when living in a scenic neighborhood...
Back home I treated myself to a nice breakfast. HOME ALONE! What a treat and the day had just begun!
I read some blogs and a few chapters in my books from my current reading list.
And a few hours later it looked like this:
Good for the children they weren't here. I maybe would have mentioned how much I love to see the mountains...
And how about lunch?
Again it paid having cooked in advance and in batches. I am mostly cooking huge amounts of certain things and then freeze them in family size portions and individual portions. So I always have something at hand in case we are running late one day for dinner or Markus comes home hungry like a wolf, or if I am home alone and don't want to cook. So I am not tempted to eat unhealthy things because the freezer always has something homemade.
I had a mixed salad with parmesan shavings, yellow bell pepper, apple pieces, roasted, caramelized pine nuts and pecan nuts and balsamic glaze ( so much for my sweet tooth!) and baked vegetables.
And my new serviettes are making me extremely happy. I just got them recently from here. (Thank you again Ilze!!! Now that you are leaving they will remind me of you!)
I picked up the children later that afternoon and took them for a treat to our local bakery. We had some cake and Jakob just sat there watching the magic that was done down in the kitchen. You can sit above the kitchen and see how they make tarts and bake bread. They were making chocolate cakes: creamy and layered. (Of course we had it before). Jakob wants to become a chef and have his own little restaurant like I told you before. And again I could see how fascinated he is with all the things cooking and baking related.
I would also love to spend a day or two there to learn from them...
So this is life here in Seoul. Not so exotic as it may seem from afar. I will look out for some very exotic things soon, I promise!
Have a great day! I am off to bed where two little boys await me. Markus is in Germany so they take turns sleeping in our bed.