Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Did I mention, he proposed...

After almost six wonderful years of dating, Chris proposed to me at one of the most romantic places in Seoul.  North Seoul Tower or better known as Namsan Tower.  But, let's not stop there, he planned it all very well.  You see it was on my birthday in September, and at sunset and on the top of a mountain at the base of the tower in Seoul, South Korea.  Pretty, amazing setting, if you ask me! However, it doesn't stop there..

You see, there is a kind of tradition on Namsan that involves locks.  It's called "A promise for Endless Love."  paragraph from the tower: "From old times, there was a story that if lovers make a wish at a shrine on Nam-san, it comes true.  Since that, this place became a symbol of the place of promising an everlasting flove for couples' love with hanging a lock together. <A Lock of Love>, already famous by media, is not just expressing couples' love by hanging locks, but meaning endless love with experiencing unforgettable moment in the place you can see a view of Seoul...."

And so, we did just that.  Poor Chris had a hard time finding a lock prior to the proposal so luckily that had some in the gift shop at the tower.  We searched for a spot among the rows of locks and found a place with several older locks, thinking that ours would stand out better for a while. Later in December, we came back and had engagement pictures taken that we will cherish forever!

As for the, he didn't get it back home. The ring was purchased in Korea with the help of one of our co-teachers.  If he would like to share the rest of that information, I'll leave that up to him.  I will tell you, that the ring is absolutely beautiful!

Charlie Brown Cafe

This past fall while out for my birthday, a friend of mine mentioned that there was a Charlie Brown Cafe in Hongdae or the Honguk University Station on the green line (line 2). Anyway,  we went to try and find this again during our Christmas break and retrace our steps in the daylight.....quite a difficult task, but we eventually stumbled upon it!  It's a cute little cafe at the top of a hill in somewhat of a back alley. But, you can't miss Charlie Brown standing outside.

There is a lot of Peanuts memorabilia all over the cafe including some that you can purchase.  It is a very comfortable little cafe with both couch seats adorned with snoopy plush pillows and tables and chairs with Peanut silhouettes. At the counter are many delicatessens shaped like Peanuts characters.  You can purchase whole cheesecakes shape like Snoopy's and Woodstock's heads, or simple cake slices with silhouettes of characters in colored sugar on the plate.  As for the drinks, there is a large variety of drinks to select and many of the hot drinks can have Snoopy or Charlie Brown pictured in your foam.....we found out that if you get whipped cream, you can't see Snoopy in the foam. :(  Oh, well.  Also, on the mugs are official Charlie Brown Cafe seals.

This was a cozy atmosphere for Chris and I to sit, enjoy some cocoa and play on our electronic gadgets. (This one is dedicated to my mom.  Her favorite character is Snoopy and if it hadn't been for her, we probably wouldn't have seen this.)