Today was election day here in South Korea. From this day forth, there will no longer be lines of ajummas (elderly women) donned in sashes doing synchronized thumbs-up-swing-of-the-arms in front of mobile podiums with loudspeakers advocating for one of countless candidates. There will no longer be feathered portraitures of smiling men and a few women on enormous, elongated banners hanging along roadways.
Today was also exceptionally cold and wet, where the weather felt like it had dropped to 2 degrees Celsius. Small umbrella stands made profit and colorful parasols trafficked most sidewalks. A lot of cafes and Korean restaurants in Hongdae this evening were packed with young men and women.
Today was also the first time I had a taste of a charming Paris Baguette (?) cake that I usually see carried around in equally charming boxes in public by men and women who typically occupy their other hand with a bouquet of flowers. Today was also my birthday and I have been enormously grateful by the warm wishes made by many here in Seoul and from afar. As a private individual with no expectations for such occasions, I’m not used to such a reception.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Monday, April 10, 2006
My 21st American birthday was yesterday. I received the following e-mail from my dad:
Date: Saturday – April 8, 2006 1:11 PM
Subject: RE: Jackie’s Birthday
Appa sent you today the following birthday package by U.S. Priority
a highligher from a legal seminary I attended.
Note: It was The same highlighter you would receive as a complimentary gift for purchasing a notebook at an office supply store.