I always say that when I left South Korea five years ago, I left a part of my heart there.
After work today, I planned to go home and make soup for dinner. But I found myself parked outside my favourite Korean restaurant. It would be my first solo Korean meal, but I'm proud to say that I know my way around Korean cuisine - as long as it's all veg!
The place is owned by a Korean couple - the lovely lady in the pic is affectionately known to me as "Mama".
At first I was hesitant to dine alone, but I was greeted so warmly. Truth be told, a meal in Mama's restaurant is like eating in a mum's kitchen. She hovers around making sure everything is ok. And today...I was without my dinner partners, no translators - real life / digital!
Mama's English is far better than my Korean, but today we were armed with notepaper and a pen! You can't believe that Mama sat with me throughout my meal. We spoke about so much - current news, movies, religion, life away from family...
Once again, it is proven that age, religion & language barriers can be broken!