Thursday, December 6, 2007

Lunch in Super-Cool Hongdae

Last Sunday, while shopping around for Kim's wedding dress, we failed to find a place to eat near the Wedding Street (although we found out later that if we had walked a mere block towards the university we would have found a really cool neighbourhood with TONS of places to eat). Since we were only two subway stops away we thought we would go to Hongdae where we were certain we would find whatever we were looking for food-wise.

Hongdae, as I'm sure I have mentioned before, is definitely one of my favourite places in Seoul. If you're young and you like to go out on the weekends, Hongdae is the place to see and be seen. Countless clubs, bars, restaurants, and excellent shopping abound and everything has a very young and hip feel to it. If you feel like having a party outside, there's a park where people gather just to drink (there are vendor's around the park that sell beer and soju). If you feel like dancing, there are about a zillion danceclubs on the same street. If you just feel like chillin' there are other more relaxed establishments. I guess what I'm saying is, I love Hongdae.

Oh, and there's Honguk University, too.

But back to Sunday. We went to a sweet pasta place near the Hunguk University stop and enjoyed our lunch thoroughly (even if they put mustard on their garlic bread).

Imagine five young women sitting at the same table, waiting for their food, and taking pictures of themselves to pass the time. We all had our cameras out and we went a little flash crazy. Very lame? I think so.

A shot of Kerri checking out our waitor as he brought our drinks to the table.

Everyone, minus moi (someone had to take the picture).

Rachel and Amy

My lovely pasta, swimming in sauce. Just the way I like it.

Did I mention there are a lot of young adults in Hongdae? I really wish I had gotten a video of this, but I was afraid of being singled out. These young men and women were dancing like crazy, and were dressed like idiots. Do you see the Adjima's in the background? They're all wearing Grand National Party tee shirts and are there in support of Lee Myung Bak in his presidential campaign. The dancers are a chunk of the young voting population who enjoy their wealth and lifestyle too much to let someone too "liberal" run the country, and they ferverently support Lee. To make him look more appealling to the young population these kids danced in this crazy getup and there were anime versions of Lee everywhere to make him look cutesy and cartoonish.

1 comment:

aljensen said...

China is awesome...SO AWESOME. The Chinese population is already one fifth of the population of the world and is rapidly expanding its presence everywhere.Knowing the Chinese language will enable you to communicate better with Chinese speaking people and provide you with a better understanding of Chinese culture.

Learning Chinese is fun!