For those of you wondering why MsCaroline's posting frequency has been diminished as of late, the answer is simple: I'm busy, and there's nothing to complain about. Lately, it's all been good.
The late-Spring weather in Seoul is -at the moment - gorgeous. Warm, sunny days, cool nights that lend themselves to late-night cafe-sitting, and - as of yet - no appreciable rain. Yes, I know that, come mid-June, the temperatures and humidity will soar, ushering in the Season of Sticky Misery, followed by The Season of Ceaseless Rain. However, this does not bother me, because this year, I will not be here to experience it, having wisely scheduled this year's Home Leave for the peak of monsoon season.
I've been taking advantage of the weather on my free days, heading out to points (as of yet) unexplored and seeing as much as I can. At the moment, Seoul is gearing up for the annual celebration of Buddha's Birthday next Monday, and the city is decorated with lanterns in anticipation of the festivities:
|Hanging lanterns decorate Seoul. The tags hanging from each lantern express a wish that the writer hopes will be fulfilled in the coming year.|
|Lanterns of all sizes, shapes, and designs are for sale everywhere and it seems every other person is carrying one. These owl lanterns were on sale shortly before the Lotus Lantern Parade.|
|This security guy was directly in front of our spot on the parade route. Approximately 85% of our parade photos feature him or some part of him.|
|Super awesome giant lantern floats plus Our Friend The Security Guy|
and members of civic and school groups simply walking en masse carrying their lanterns.
|There's our guy again.|
|Son#1 enjoying his first legal beer in Korea.|
On the other side of the coin, Son#2 left on Saturday morning for London, and - as per our agreement, has maintained contact with us via a minimum of at least one text or FaceBook message per day (an idea I shamelessly pilfered from Trish at Mum's Gone To.... who established this requirement for her son when he was in France on an exchange program.)
Son#2 was an enthusiastic Anglophile before he even left for London, loved British TV shows, and frequently expressed his desire to attend University in the UK, so it was no surprise to me that he wholeheartedly embraced British English within hours of arriving there. By the time he had been there 2 days, he had already sent me a message addressed 'Dear Mum' and referred to the noon hour as 'midday.' He can still be understood by the average American at this point, although I may have to put my foot down if his vocabulary expands to include words like 'lorry' and 'chuffed.'
In other developments, he expressed some surprise at the astronomical cost of pretty much everything in London ("I see now why you said everything would be expensive here.") admiration for Windsor Castle ("amazing and intricate,") and raved about seeing Babel ("awesome and enriching".)
Just the fact that he used the word 'enriching' makes me very happy
But I'll be happy on Sunday when our little family of four is together again for the first time since Son#1 left in January.
It's all all good.