I’ve started a new Korean language course with Global Village in Itaewon. For now, its via zoom, twice a week, for 75 minutes or so, with many students and, along with the revision each week, it’s a manageable amount of time to spend learning Korean. Last week we studied how to construct the future tense -을/ㄹ거에요 and phrases to describe what we can do/possible to do – 을/ㄹ 수 있어요 and can’t do/not possible to do 을/ㄹ 수 없어요.
Of course, the pandemic has made the future even more uncertain, planning difficult and has limited what we can do. A lot of the time it turns what we can do into what we can’t do.
Nonetheless, to my delight, cafes are now allowed to seat patrons where before, for what seemed like eternity but was actually only a month or so, they could offer takeaway only. In Seoul, visiting a cafe means an array of sweet treats. I have found that it is usual to eat your meal elsewhere first and then go to a cafe for dessert. I embraced this little ritual fully for I love sweets (my instagram is s_u.g.a.r) and whilst I do a lot of baking to satisfy my sweet tooth, I like nothing better than to visit a cafe, choose something delicious and enjoy it with a cappuccino.
Cafes in Seoul are plentiful, gorgeously designed, and the young and trendy frequent them. I’m neither young or trendy but I don’t care and I adore cafe culture so I try to get a fix at least twice a week. In fact over the weekend, with my husband Jeff, I visited two cafes on two consecutive days, earning the cakes by walking several kilometres first. Both cafes were in my neighbourhood. Here’s a sample of what we ordered…