Yesterday we ventured into Seoul once again (to Insadong and Dongdaemun, respectively) and saw many interesting things. For example, when's the last time you saw Santa Claus and Christmas Hello Kitty together? If you're wondering why I have such a poor quality photo of this unlikely event it's because you had to pay to get your picture taken with them so I had to be covert since I was taking my own photo for free. Apparently there were some free gifts involved if you paid and you also received your own instant Polaroid of this happy moment. We weren't convinced that it was worth 5,000 Won, especially once Paige found out that the whole affair was sponsered by the Shinhan Bank (our bank) and that the money was not going to a charity or some noble type of community program. Nope, they are apparently trying to raise money to hire new staff. Pssh! Although I guess their honesty is commendable.
Good-bye Kitty! Hrmph!
Next we saw this guy who was giving free hugs. Both Joi and I indulged while Paige smiled and walked a bit faster. There was a camera guy recording everything so maybe I'm on the Korean news or some kind of documentry or something.
Then we were passed by a reenactment of a traditional Korean wedding. Apparently they do it once a year in Insadong. It was pretty cool.
Afterwards Matt and I went to the Dongdarmun area to watch a movie (we saw The Holiday- which is called Romantic Holiday here). It was interesting because at this theatre we got to look at the seating plan before buying the ticket and select our specific seats. The theatre was pretty full and even though we ended up in the second row they had the screen set up so it didn't make us nauseous. I liked the movie and it was more than a step up from Step Up.
In other news, it's totally (finally) snowing and I plan to go out and take some pictures today. It's also perfect snow for making snowballs, etc.