Field Trip to Suwon

On the 22nd, Domingos and I accompanied twenty (give or take) 8th Army Band members to Suwon, where they were helping out the ROK Army 51st Infantry Division band with its holiday concert (members of the 51st had helped out on the two 8th Army holiday concerts earlier in December). After trips to Uijeongbu and now Suwon, I just have to take a minute to compliment the band members who drive the buses to gigs. They do a fabulous job navigating the stressful traffic in a large, unwieldy bus – I certainly couldn’t and wouldn’t do it! I’m grateful for their expertise in getting the band where it needs to go. Continue reading “Field Trip to Suwon”

A Sunny Saturday: Samgyetang and a Shrine

Last Saturday, we decided to take advantage of the cold but sunny weather and headed out to a few of the things on our “want to do” list. First up: the venerable Tosokchon restaurant near Gyeongbokgung station, which serves up samgyetang. Samgyetang is a mild soup that contains a whole young chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, jujubes, and a few other spices and ingredients. The restaurant had a line out the door, but it moved quickly, and a young girl in a hanbok came out and gave everyone in line face masks as a thank-you for waiting. Continue reading “A Sunny Saturday: Samgyetang and a Shrine”

Bukchon Hanok Village

Last weekend, we decided to venture out to find good coffee beans for when our HHG finally arrived and Domingos’s Chemex coffeemaker could be put to use. (We love our Nespresso machine, and use it on weekday mornings, but Domingos likes using the Chemex on the weekends when he has time for the process.) One of the shops he found was near Anguk station, so I convinced him to take a stroll with me through the Bukchon Hanok Village first, a charming area of traditional houses and narrow alleys. Continue reading “Bukchon Hanok Village”