Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dongdaemun Yesterday, Namdaemun Today!

 Today started out as a rainy day and that usually means Rocketman wants to stay close to home but he surprised me and said he wanted to venture into Seoul.  He knew I had some Christmas shopping I wanted to do at Namdaemun and so that's where we went.  Boy, was it crowded!
 But first we made a stop in Itaewon (a little out of the way) for some lunch and some Rocketman shopping.
 Gecko's was decorated for halloween as a hospital.  They had sheeting draping from the ceiling with blood packets hanging down.

 Rocketman had his usual cajun chicken sandwich which he loves and I tried something new, fish and chips.  It was really good and I was surprised that they served it with Ranch dressing instead of tarter sauce.  I'm a saucy girl so I was just glad there was sauce and it was pretty good with the fish.

Itaewon is also where Rocketman orders his custom shirts and he needed some new ones.  We picked out six colors pretty quick and he had mentioned he wanted a suit or sportscoat.  He wasn't really in the mood for more fabric shopping but when we looked at the fabric swatches, we both fell in love with one for a sportscoat so we ordered that also.  Then it was off the Namdaemun.
 This is how they display pants in Korea.  You can really get an idea of how they will look on a real person, a skinny real person.
                                       Bags of hats.  It's getting to be that time of year.
                                             We even found a few Halloween stores.

                It was definitely lunchtime when we arrived at Namdaemun.  You know how I knew?
                                                                          and this.
                                                                        Also this.

                                                                        Pretty in Pink
                                                                      Need any jewelry?
                                                               How about some socks?
                                                                     Or a little clutch?

                              Then we turned down a side street and ended up in the kid's section.
                                     Lots of colors in the stands.  It looks like a painting to me.
 I've seen the kebab guy and always wanted to try one but it's always after we have just eaten lunch.  It looks delicious.
                                                      How's that for a stovetop!
 Then we took a wrong turn and ended up on Ajumma (older Korean women) street.  How can you tell?  See the sparkly and loud tops.
                                                      This is Ajumma street.
    Ajummas love loud and colorful clothing.  It's a rule I'm pretty sure that you have to dress like this to be a real ajumma.
 I can't show you everything I bought but I saw these bojagi coasters and they were only 15,000WON ($13USD) so I couldn't pass them up.  I had never seen them before.
I also had to get this.  It reminded me of when we played the janggu.  But now I am shopped out!  At least for now.  That may change tomorrow.  Also, the rain stopped as soon as we left our apartment and it never rained the rest of the day.

Tomorrow Rocketman leaves for Japan for a week returning Saturday afternoon.  I'm behind on bojagi homework so he knows I'll be busy while he is gone.

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