Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blog 44 - 22nd June

The summer solstice coincides with the first day of the monsoon season today and true to form, the rain has started and is forecast to continue for the next 7 days.

The Royal Asiatic Society of Korea comprises expats and Koreans and hosts a garden party for its members every year. The venue alternates between the home of the American Ambassador and the home of the British Ambassador. This year it was at the British Embassy. Tradtional dancers and drummers provided wonderful entertainment against the backdrop of an English mansion, so funny to see here in Seoul. Sometimes this type of music can be a bit boring, especially as we have seen this type of performance quite a bit, however, this time it was short and sweet and a gorgeous sunny afternoon.

Each year the Ambassadors' wives all dress up in traditonal hanboks and have some fun at the Blue House, the presidential home. A few of us were invited to be in the audience. This man's hat looks like an Australian bushman's fashion to keep the flies away!

We were there in plenty of time to see the rehearsal. As none of these people are professional models, it was very funny seeing the bossy young woman at the back, trying to get them into some knd of order.

It is pouring outside and luckily I am home all day working in preparation for our European holiday. Stay posted...

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