July and August | The Seoul Diaries

July and August | The Seoul Diaries

It’s the start of September and summer is drawing to a close here in Seoul. But besides the end of the happiest (and sweatiest) season of the year, the start of September means that I’ve been in Korea for over 6 months already! It’s gone by in the blink of an eye, but when I look back at even the last two months it’s easy to understand how the time has passed so quickly.

My 11th country: Thailand!

At the end of July I went on a short holiday to Thailand with my boyfriend. We spent five days in the country, four of them in Bangkok and the other in Pattaya. We had a great time and saw some famous sights in both cities. I’m currently writing my travel series about it so hang around and keep your eyes peeled for the posts going up over the next few weeks!

Sneaking into Zapangi for one of their cakes in a tin… . . 📍Zapangi, Mangwon-dong. 📷 @fiixii

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Even. More. Cafes.

I’m sure it seems that I’ve exhausted all the cool spots in Seoul already, but if you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that that’s definitely not the case. This city has an endless supply of amazing spots to get coffee and cake, and some of the places I stopped by this month include C7 (a cheesecake cafe offering 27 different flavours of cheesecake among other desserts), Blute (a flower cafe and K-drama filming location), Zapangi (famous for it’s tinned cakes and pink vending machine door) and Bistopping (a small place offering elaborately decorated ice creams).

Pixar, DDP, Seoul, Hannah International

Pixar, DDP, Seoul, Hannah International

You’ve got a friend in the DDP

The PIXAR 30 Years of Animation exhibition rolled into town back in April, and I finally brought myself to pay it a visit at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) just a couple of weeks before it closed on the 8th August. I had a great time when I visited the Aardman Studios exhibition in Paris in 2015 and expected more of the same from PIXAR. It wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t all that impressed; reproduction art pieces and a confusing film in the middle of the walk through made for an okay experience. There were however, 2 really cool parts: the Toy Story zoetrope, and the cinema showing PIXAR’s original animated shorts.

Down the rabbit hole…

On a rainy Sunday evening I was lucky to stumble across Hongdae’s newest animal cafe with two of my friends, and we decided to skip the rain and take shelter with some cute animals. The Bunny Cafe, attached to a guesthouse, can’t be missed with its pink facade, neon signs and adorable bunnies. I wrote a post about it weeks ago but haven’t yet kicked myself into sorting the photos out! Watch this space…it will appear soon!

Witch's Kitchen, Hongdae, Seoul

…and into the witch’s lair.

Another Hongdae in July was Witch’s Kitchen, a super cool witch/Halloween-themed restaurant. You can read my full post about it here, but I wanted to mention it again. The food was delicious and the decor was great. My favourite parts were the black taco witch’s hat and the IV drip cocktails!

Ever named a grown man?

My crowning moment of life in Korea of the last two months (and possibly of the last six months) has to be when Ruth and I gave our favourite dog cafe’s owner an English name. The two owners of Sunnyne Dog Cafe, a married man and woman, invited us out for dinner one night as we frequent the place often enough that we’re basically friends. We ate bulgogi and dalkdoritang (a type of spicy chicken soup) and brokenly chatted about life (I say brokenly because their English is very limited and so is our Korean). At the end of the night we realised we had never introduced ourselves in five months of knowing each other, and we all shared both our English and Korean names. On finding out that the male owner had no English name, his wife asked us to give him one, and we settled on Cesar after Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer. If you ever watch this guy walk around his cafe, you’ll see why. Best moment ever.

So as you can see, I’ve been very busy again these last two months, and life isn’t going to let up any time soon! My parents and boyfriend are coming to visit in three weeks time, a fact I couldn’t be more excited about! And I’ve decided I’m going to make my life even more difficult by starting to create a few little videos of my life in Korea for you all. If you have any requests, make sure to let me know on Facebook or Twitter!

What did you get up to in July and August?

Cover photo by little miss fii

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