Can you guess what my new favorite animal is?
Water buffalos are the awesomest, you guys. They’re basically just giant labrador retrievers with 18″ horns and four chambered stomachs. Plus, they don’t smell nearly as bad as you’d expect! These handsome ladies were just chillin’ by the side of the road, sunning themselves and being generally adorable. Will you think I’m weird if I admit I’ve done research about where in the US you can buy an Asian water buffalo? Because I have done that research. Read more
Last week, in an effort to increase my meager sweater collection, I decided to visit one of Seoul’s largest fashion districts, Dongdaemun market. A guidebook I’ve been using had this to say on Dongdaemun:
Twenty-six shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops and 50,000 manufacturers. All within a 10-block radius. . . . [F]or fashion junkies looking for unique designs at decent prices, Dongdaemun is the place to go. Read more
I hope you’re all sitting down because I have something really shocking to report: living in Korea is EXHAUSTING. I know! Who could have guessed?!? As a result of this general fatigue that is the by-product of doing anything in this country, I’ve fallen behind on my reportage. But I have a new strategy that I am borrowing from HCB and his years of dissertation work: write outside of the home, far from bed and books and easy internet and dishes that need washing and the other thousand things that can distract from storytelling. Read more
Yesterday was a present wrapped up in a bow. It started out a little shaky, but by the end I was foot-weary and delighted.
When we woke up this morning, it was -4° C in Seoul. As I’ve said before, that may not be anything special for you Northern/Eastern folk, but when I see negative numbers the adventurous spirit just drains right out of me. The last couple days I’ve pushed through, but yesterday I was of the opinion that I had earned a mental health day. Having resigned myself to a day indoors, I read happily for several hours while HCB prepared syllabi and lectures. I know, I know. I’m on an amazing adventure. Be hungry for life, carpe diem, and all that. But sometimes a guy just needs to take the pressure off. Read more
I. Am. So. Excited. Although it’s far from finalized, here is a preliminary list of the scavenger hunt items submitted by you, our generous readers:
1A. Attend a Korean drag show.
2A. Go climbing in Seoul and find a climbing partner.
3A. Attend a professional Starcraft tournament.
4A. Tour an animation studio that makes American cartoons.
5A. Take a Segway tour of Seoul.
6A. Wander for three hours with no direction.
7A. Get a non-McDonalds hamburger.
8A. Visit the DMZ.
1D. Take a picture of ourselves from the top of a mountain.
2D. Photograph a “translation that is now being presented in a language OTHER than English or Korean.” In other words, find a Spanish or French version of Konglish.
3D. Document small scale differences.
4D. Discover the Korean system for alphabetization.
5D. Take a photo of “a familiar foodstuff flavored in a way that would never occur to Americans. You know: shrimp-flavored angel food cake, or what have you.”
6D. Eat and photograph the Korean interpretation of a non-American, non-Asia food stuff. Perhaps Korean nachos.
7D. Draw a mental map of the surrounding area.
8D. Take pictures of natural beauty: one of trees, one of water and one of the sky.
Some of these task will have to wait until it warms up a little. Right now, if I wandered somewhere that wasn’t an indoor mall, I’d end up in the Korean emergency room. Other tasks, such as the Starcraft tournament—which is being held this week—will get checked off the list, ASAP. Thanks to everyone who participated and if you come up with new ideas send them along and I’ll update the list.