2017 is coming to an end and with its farewell we also say goodbye to sunshine and outdoorsy days in South Korea. It’s been beautiful to witness the landscape transform in to a winter wonderland. As I have mentioned previously, winter is usually one of fun in the sun for me. My home town is along the coast of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. With, the Indian Ocean running past it, we enjoy beautiful moderate weather.
December saw me wrapping up my first year in Korea, changing jobs as well as planning a trip to Vietnam. I felt homesick despite the environment not conjuring up the usually ‘Christmasy feel’ I get. So, I decided to embrace December in all of its frostiness and enjoy the wonderland on offer during Koreas winter. Here is how…
‘Tis the season to be jolly (and eat delicious winter treats)
For 27 years, Christmas has always been a swelteringly hot experience for me. My home town is along the Eastern Cape of South Africa in the Southern Hemisphere… So there is NO such thing as a ‘white Christmas’. The only thing white on Christmas is the whipped cream in the dessert trifle. I am definitely not complaining about the many lovely beach memories made during childhood Christmas vacations, however, I now find myself in the Northern Hemisphere, bundled up in thick knitted sweaters and kind of LOVING the chilly Christmas season.
Women in Coffee – Interview with Paulina Miczka, 2017 World AeroPress Champion
The 2017 World AeroPress Chamionship set a new record, with close to sixty contestants from around the globe at Cafe Alver in Gangnam, Seoul. Click the Youtube video below to watch the event and interviews with the AeroPress event Organisers.
Seoul, the host city of the 2017 World Barista Championship, was absolutely buzzing with caffeine and coffee aficionados. The Seoul Cafe Show took place at the same time and the who’s who of the industry all flew in for the weekend. People like Sasa Sestic, former World barista champion, Hidenori Izaki and many others could be spotted roaming around the Show.
“Glüh-what? It’s a heated, spiced red wine, and literally means glow wine, from the hot irons which were used for mulling back in the day. In Europe, glühwein is accessible at almost all winter markets, especially over Christmas, traditionally attracting passersby with its spiced scent and emanating heat.
This year’s Korean thanksgiving vacation, Chuseok, has landed somewhat perfectly on the lunar calendar, resulting in a 10 day vacation for most. Usually this vacation lasts 3 days. Many of us (myself included) have not booked luxurious vacations abroad and will most likely be staying in Korea for this vacation. If you were lucky enough to get an airfare ticket that won’t break the bank, good for you!! Airfare skyrockets (pun intended) during this holiday season. What is my plan for Chuseok? I will be having a vacation in South Korea… A ‘STAYcation”. I have family coming to visit me from South Africa and I’m BEYOND excited.
So, I did some scouting around and contacted some of my favourite hot spots (핫플레이스) in Seoul to see who will be open during the extended Chuseok vacation. Below is a list of places
If you love learning about new cultures, chances are you will love Hanok, a Korean traditional style architecture. Why are Hanoks so intriguing and beautiful? This style of architecture gives thought to nature and its surroundings. They are known for having an eco-friendly function and healing effects.
Raw materials such as timber, oil and rock are used in the construction of Hanok. Hanok’s have their own tiled roofs (Giwa), wooden beams and stone-block construction. Cheoma is the edge of Hanok’s curvy roofs.
Summer in South Korea is a time when a lot of us feel overwhelmed by the humidity and want to hide away at home, shaded away from the heat. Fortunately for you, Seoul is PACKED with great cafes perfect to chill in this summer. I scouted around over the last month (or more) to find my 5 favourite summer chill cafes. Ranging from aircons blasting to rooftop bars, you will definitely find good interiors, good coffee and good vibes at these cafes.