The experiences are moving so quickly. The blogging can’t keep up. I get home full of the experiences and I am consuming social media more than contributing to it. I am filled to overflowing with good times and good people.
Plus this blog is about the apexart-itnerary events and this week alone on my non-itinerary time, I have gone to yoga, zumba, capoiera and all-night dancing in Hongdae. I spent my birthday here sorting out administrative drama and then went out for tacos & margaritas with the lovely Eunhee, who saved me from a pity party alone at home, then ended the week by celebrating at the aforementioned all-night dancing organized by the lovely Nasya. We ended up at a Michael Jackson-decorated club called Brown. Happy bday to meeee!
And to top it all off, I have a brand-new niece named Ava! Thanks to Skype I was able to visit her briefly at the hospital.
So here is a survey of some of the things that I have done & seen in the past couple of weeks, including a traditional Korean performance at Korea House, a show called Cooking with Nanta, The 6th Healing Music Festival at Imjingak Pyeonghwanuri, which is a park in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), The Kokdu Museum, and The War Memorial of Korea.
How do I describe the show Nanta? To quote my father, “Blasted foolishness!” It was pure buffoonery.
The weekend before that show, I saw a traditional Korean performance at Korea House, which was beyond amazing. The photos I took can’t begin to do it justice because I wanted to enjoy it more than document it but it included, dance, live music and martial arts. The costumes were breathtaking, the skill and talent were impeccable and I saw many things that I had never before seen, including dancers each surrounded by three walls of drums (on each side and behind them), which they played, never missing a step of the choreography.
In another scene, male performers wore hats with ribbon coming from the top like in rhythmic gymnastics. They played drums and danced while moving their heads to twirl the ribbons!
It was a mission getting out to the Healing Music Festival. I couldn’t find clear directions anywhere online. I had to take the subway to another train called Korail and then a random bus that was shuttling people to the festival for $3,000won. It took hours to get there and back but it was well worth it, laying in the grass listening to live music. Thankfully I got home just as the subway was closing. Very creepy to be underground as they began to turn out the lights, though.