Just to state this: I already fell in love with this city! You might have guessed this but now it is stated! I fell like a child at "show and tell" that cannot decide what to bring to class next because there are so many things to show and so many stories to tell!
But maybe I can start today with one of my addictions: Cafes! It is not that I am a coffe drinker. I prefer tea over coffee but love to have a good Cappuchino or Macchiato ( no Latte please!) from time to time. What I love about cafes is the atmosphere AND the menue. Raised in Northern Germany no day during my childhood would pass without having coffee or tea in the afternoon. And if there was no homemade cake available we had some biquits instead or brought some cake from the bakery around the corner. And it was this sitting and pausing in the middle of the afternoon what I really loved and what I miss if I am not able to do it. It really ins't necessary to have a cafe at hand but these days when people don't meet for a daily cup of tea or coffee and a treat that often (for various reasons!) I love to create this at home with visitors, with my family or even outside home in a cafe. And I also did it when I still worked: having a break in between and escape into a leisurely world of idleness, good smells and good tastes...
So lucky me being in Seoul now with a lot of time at my hands and such an enormous tea and coffee scene all over town. The Seoulites seem to love their coffe corners and tearooms and I love them to. So the theme for today will be introducing you to cafe life here. And a lot of entries on that theme will follow!
Somehow my husband manages to find great places. it seems he has an eye for that. When we walked through Samcheong-dong a while ago he spotted this gem:
It does not look spectacular from the outside - just an old brick building with a veranda. But the inside was so great! it had such a vintage vibe and looked almost like a film setting for an indie film!
Reclaimed materials, vintage designer chairs, cool lamps like industrial ones and kitschy auntyish chandeliers and thrift store finds.
The walls upstairs immediately reminded me of wood & wool stool.
The fireplace room on the first floor seemed also to have a lovely atmosphere with the fire on and young lovers hanging around for the afternoon. I can imagine this place in heavy snow during wintertime and I will definitely check it out as it is only five minutes by car or a long winter walk away from our house!!!
Before I stop here I really want to say something important about all the encouragement I got since I announced we would move to Seoul. Miracuously people emerged from Flickr, the net, from blogs etc. to support me. They were either Koreans, part Koreans, people living in Korea or having close connections. I will talk about them at a later time. I just wanted to thank everybody who encouraged us and opened a new world for us through their pictures and their emails and links they sent!
I am receiving a lot of emails from people who have some connection to Seoul or Korea and who like it that I am so enthusiastic about their country and share so many positive things. It is a pleasure I can only say and when I am not travelling the world, armchair travelling is one of my preferred pasttime as well - anyhow!
Sending you spring greetings from here!