I got the first postcard from The Bat in Seoul this morning :
This is of a line dance performed in the Jongmyo Shrine. A UNESCO site considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of the Choson dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century.
As we predicted the apartment provided by the school is tiny and The Bat has decided it will be impossible for us both to live in it. She is visiting a larger apartment to rent today. It is 670,000 KRW (approx 390 GBP ) per month, plus an absolutely huge deposit. Our main worry was the accommodation, so I'm hoping this place will be OK. Some places really do not want to rent to foreigners but apparently the school will be signing the lease so that should make it a bit easier.
Some highlights from recent emails from The Bat have been: "Fresh water melon: The most delicious piece of fruit since my childhood, they grow locally and are utterly wonderful"
A street protest: "Everyone in straight rows, about 300 men and women, red bandanas say they are protesting. All were singing songs and doing stuff in unison, absolutely excellent entertainment."
By a remarkable co-incidence I met someone this evening on the tube coming home that I used to work with four years ago, and it turns out she has been working on setting up a new branch of the business in Seoul just now. Is that uncanny or what?