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Posted by on Dec 6, 2009

Dinner, a Christmas tree, snow, and Seodaemun

Feeling quite ambitious for a Saturday, I went out early yesterday morning and bought a small Christmas tree. This is significant only because I have never bought one before. Jen and I have never had one either and so it seemed like a good year to do it. It has been a relatively rough year so ending it with a little ceremony seemed prudent.

December 2009 in Princeton

A small Christmas tree for my small apartment

I then aspired to make Beef Bourguignon a la Julia Child so I spent the next four hours patting, braising, basting, and simmering beef and came up with this:

December 2009 in Princeton

Beef Bourguignon, Le Creuset and all things French

All in all, a good day. We even experienced our first (slight) snowfall of the year. Really just a mild dusting but there is nothing like a December snow to spark the imagination. It reminded me of this snowfall in Seodaemun, Seoul, back in 2003. Still one of the best nights of my life, sitting there in my apartment with Jen, watching the snow fall and feeling totally content and safe. Brilliant. We eventually went out for a walk in the snow and that was wonderful as well. I miss that walk from Seodaemun(서대문) to Gwanghwamun(광화문).

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The view from my window in Seodaemun, circa 2003

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