Sarah has connected with Erika a couple times since Erika has been in Korea and Erika has relly appreciated it. She came out to Pyeongtaek by metro train on my birthday to escort me back to her place in Seoul. We met up at Starbucks at the Pyeongtaek station and the three of us yacked for a couple hours--a "hen party" our grandmothers would have called it.
The journey back to Seoul took a another couple hours. (Sarah insisted she didn't mind the time to read on the way out.) As senior citizens (highly respected in Korean society) we both had seats. Sarah lives in a beautiful apartment with a view of Seoul Tower (much like the Seatle Space Needle) across the mountain ridges. A landscaped path winds up the ravine between high rise buildings with little places to sit and overlook the city--a haven of peace amidst the crowds and traffic.
Sarah prepared a stir fry dinner and served it with sheets of dried seaweed. The idea is to fold the seaweed around a little bundle of rice, meat and veggies, and put it in your mouth--all done neatly with chop sticks, which required more dexterity than I possess. Sarah was gracious enough not to comment on my atrocious table manners. The truth is that it was really yummy. She even sent a packet of dried seaweed home with me. Seijin was tied up with orchestra business in this his first month on the new job and didn't get home until bedtime.
The next morning Sarah put me on the airport bus and I was off home.
These have been a good three weeks in Korea, mostly just being there for Erika and enjoying Simeon. I'm going to miss this little guy. My last day he got a kick out of these floppy "ears" and stuck his tongue out like a puppy.
He enjoyed watching videos of "baby Simeon" on my computer. Next time I see him, the pictures I took on this trip will seem like a long time ago to him. :-(