Category Archives: City Life

(One of) the First Theatre(s) in Seoul was Here!

I had been on the lookout for this for quite a while, knowing it must be somewhere around Gwanghwamun, but I couldn’t find it, until today. Running for the bus, I almost missed it again. But then I stopped and … Continue reading

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Knife-Scam or North Korea’s Best on Tour?

It was some months ago when I saw the small poster for the first time, right at the bus stop in front of our house, a small envelope filled with free invitations attached to it. I was tempted to give … Continue reading

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Last Day of Summer

When I was a kid, summer was the longest season. Weeks of doing nothing – at least nothing I can think of now, except some ice creams at the public swimming pool. Soon after returning from a month-long trip to … Continue reading

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Last Christmas: Midnight Mass in Myeongdong

I am neither particularly religious nor a friend of mass gatherings in cold halls. Especially on Christmas night, I like to dwell in the solitude of a full stomach, dozing away on a glass of wine or two. Still, last … Continue reading

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Drilling for Times to Come (or: Some of These Days)

Rushing to catch the bus, I did not notice the strange absence of traffic noise. A siren called. Some helicopter noise from above but nothing in sight. Only blue skies. Standing at the bus stop, I saw someone crossing the … Continue reading

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A Hundred Days of Solitude

It was at night time in the courtyard of my home, when I noticed it. The blissful crying of the maemi (매미) had been replaced by the more snarly cirping of their grasshopper cousins. Sunny days and sultry nights are … Continue reading

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Invasion of the White Shirts (or: Stompin’ at the Savoy)

It began in the late afternoon. I was doing some homework (as I seem to be doing all the time, lately), but something was different at the “Coffee Break” (커피 브레이크). Instead of the regular student clientel—this place is right … Continue reading

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