Red Fever and Old Friends

I'm determined to update before I go to bed - let's hope my eyes feel the same way. The past few weeks have been jam-packed with stuff. In case you've been dead or buried under books or living like Tom Hanks in Castaway, you know the World Cup has enraptured, well...the world! South Korea has an especially hearty fan base...and by hearty I mean absolutely crazy. I have officially caught the red fever this time....and I don't particularly care for soccer. But after being in downtown Seoul during the Korea/Greece game, I'm officially hooked. I was screaming and hollering like everyone! The slogans are not wonderful (this year the theme is "Shouting Korea"), but the fervor and love for the national team is unparalleled, except maybe in Europe or Brazil. This Thursday, they play Argentina so I'm sure folks will be out again in full force.

**the City Hall subway station, flooded with fans and gear!! It was madness!!**

**my friend Gina and I at an event downtown...we got to watch the game from a hotel party**

**the view from the 31st floor of the hotel - yes, those are people! Probably a few thousand - awesome energy!**

**Superstar Park Jisung, celebrating after scoring a goal...Korea won 2-0**

**young fans wrapped in Korea flags and rockin' stilettos - loved them!!**

After the game, we headed to Itaewon with some other friends. Lots of rowdy foreigners flooded the subway stations and poured into Itaewon. I was soooooo tired by then, but I kept the party going at some fun gay clubs! They never disappoint! :)

Aside from WC fever, I met up with some old friends!! What happy reunions! First up was my old kindergarten director and colleague. We headed out to Bucheon to visit Ainsworld, a small park that has replicas of many world monuments. It was actually a lot of fun despite the cruddy weather...and I got to see the whole world in an hour. Hehe.

**the Leaning Tower of Pizza!!**

**Behind us is the lost city of Atlantis and this was my favorite exhibit because it sank every 5 mins - genius!!**

I also hung out with Robert! Our meetings are always spur-of-the-moment and this time was no different. I had been out with coworkers after work and he said, "Hey, wanna go to Seoul Tower tonight?!" OF COURSE I DO!! Lol. I was kicking myself for never going to the THE most recognizable landmark in South Korea last time so I was excited to go, especially at night. It was awesome, too. We hopped a bus and climbed a steep hill for about 10 mins (felt like 10 years) before we reached the top. What a view. I shall let the pictures speak for themselves. But it was great to see Robert and finally see Seoul Tower!

**Looks like Seoul's on fire - night lights are outta control!**

**Inspired by a Korean drama, couples flock to the top of Seoul Tower to inscribe their names on locks and throw away the key - a symbol of their eternal love. Cute right??**

It's late and I will pay the price tomorrow at work when I'm passed out at my desk, but mission accomplished! :) Upcoming events - a Korean wedding and celeb stalking spotting!

Until then,



Lexa Li said...

The view from Seoul tower looks amazing!!! :) I've been debating on whether I should go to Seoul or not for a while now and after reading your blog, I'm totally convinced I should go! :) (Btw I love your blog! :))

Viajera said...

Wow! So many people. They REALLY know how to celebrate! Have to say that I was VERY happy when they scored that last minute goal.