Midday in Seoul . . .
Yesterday was the first day of my so-called 'vacation,' so I spent the midday with a lovely lady watching Woody Allen's movie Midnight in Paris, which was both entertaining and thought-provoking, offering substance for discussion afterwards, over a meal, followed by dessert in the coffee shop Angel-In-Us. The first photo is of a wall design in the café implying that somebody spilled the beans:
Here's the initially uneaten dessert, a Korean-style dish known as "bing-su" (빙수), or "frozen water." Actually, it's known as "pat-bing-su" (팥빙수), but this variant comes without the "pat" (팥), namely, the "red beans."
Here's the eaten dessert, formerly known as "bing-su," but now rather slushy:
I asked the lady what past she would visit if by some quirk of time this were possible, as in the film, and she said she'd visit fin-de-siècle Vienna, meaning the late 19th century, of course, the time of a youthful Arthur Schnitzler. The lovely lady then asked what past I'd visit. I promised to follow her to Vienna . . . unless she had some private business to attend to with Herr Schnitzler.
I'd surely hope not, though, for the lady and I have been together since meeting on train through Germany twenty years ago, in July 1992 . . .