Nina in Seoul

On my  first official day in Seoul Alex took me around the city so I could see how to move in the city (a.k.a. how the subway works) without getting lost. My first impression was: Seoul is the kitsch capital of the world. It also has a load of hi_tec / posmodern buildings; they’re everywhere and they’re all very tall so the skyline is saturated. But, let us go back to the kitsch. First we went to the Trick Eye Museum (Caitlin had recommended it) because Alex figured it was one of those attractions which I couldn’t do all by myself another day. The museum is full of different paintings and sculptures that play with perspective through shadows, their position and distance. It is a museum for you to go and take silly pictures. I love that, a museum meant to be for taking pictures. Here are some of the silliest photos Alex chose.
This guy was outside the museum but I find everything eschatological funny, so I had to pose like this.
Here is a renaissance man having a go at my guts.
Alex being sneaky!
Alex doing the Dong chim which apparently is a game Korean children play in which they clasp their hands together and pretend to stick their fingers into other people’s butts.
Hello there.
Alex must be super strong!
And I like floating around.
Hee hee.
Fun with dinosaurs.
All the beer he could get.
Me and my new best friend.
I had to save Alex from a sea monster.
And then he had to save me from a dragon.
The Korean version of the Angel that is in Reforma in front of the museum of archeology.
Did y’know Alex was at the Olympics?
I can levitate.
I made some chinese friends
This is a picture so my dad can see that Alex is taking good care of me and keeping me out of danger. And it also looks like I might fart on his face.

With the admittance to the Trick Eye Museum came the Ice Museum which literally was a very big freezer with a bunch of varied ice sculptures that sometimes were lit up. Good thing we had jackets (I’ll count the flannel as a jacket).

There was this slide and I just went down it and my butt froze. Later I realized that there were some ‘pallets’ otherwise known as mats that you could use to keep your butt dry. Needless to say, Alex’s butt didn’t touch the ice.
Call me Nanook.
It looked so bad-ass. I could not just not do this.
Icha would love this.
I think all of us as kids were told by our aunt Mariza that at 15 or some age we were going to have to go take a ride in a pumpkin carriage. Mariza will be glad to know that Alex actually (sort of) did it.
That was a comfy bed.

…. not!

The freezer was frozen. And the background looks very much like acid trippy visuals.
NOSFERATU! But I’m not bald.

After the museums Alex remembered that the famous Sheep Cafe was in the same dong (Korean for neighborhood). So we went. There were two fluffy sheep in a pen next to the tables. And there was one lady who was taking pictures of them with an iPad for around 20 minutes. I only saw her pet the sheep twice. Those silly Koreans! I understand that coffee with animals around is a fad in the city which I guess comes from the fact that people don’t normally keep pets in Seoul. I assumed this because I haven’t seen people walking their dogs (which is good because the boardwalk is very clean), and then Alex pointed out that it is not common for Koreans to have pets.

I had a jasmine flower tea.
And coffee with sheep.
We also went to Gagnam that day.

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