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Wander Seoul... Leeum Art Gallery

Wander | Seoul

Wander Seoul... Leeum Art Gallery

It is hard to believe that it has been a whole 2 years since our toes first touched down on the Korean peninsula. In that strange and mysterious way that time has of expanding and contracting it has felt simultaneously much longer, yet somehow contained in the blink of an eye. I love those beginning days in a new place when Continue reading

The-Passage.org kalguksu recipe

Not Your Eomma’s Kalguksu: an ode to eating on the side streets

vibrant colours of Tunxi, China's local market

It turns out that I am a back alley kind of girl. This was something that I didn’t know about myself until we moved to Korea and began to travel through Southeast Asia.

Give me food stalls, stacks of dumplings steaming on street corners, wobbly stools, plastic chairs pressed up against cement walls, narrow passages crammed with tables. Let me sit elbow to elbow on a wooden bench in a bustling market noisy with sizzling, slurping, hissing, lip-smacking goodness. Paper sacks and plastic bags. Crunchy, greasy, savoury, sweet, bean paste, sesame, skewers, buns, pancakes and pockets. I am happiest at Continue reading

The lotus flowers of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Dumulmeori…

 

The lotus flowers of Semiwon...Scenes from Dumulmeori: 'head of the two waters'...Seoul, South Korea

Where is the place where two rivers meet?  Dumulmeori…

Two watery heads converge, making one.  Liquid expanse meets distant mountain, and all around a sea of green.  Lotus, lotus, everywhere… Continue reading

Scenes from Gwangjang Market- Seoul, South Korea

Gwangjang Market

Scenes from Gwangjang Market- Seoul, South Korea

We entered the market and walked straight into a tide of kinetic energy.
A steady buzz,
A jostling of elbows.

Nimble fingers press dough into perfectly shaped mandu. Continue reading

City views with the mountains of Bukhansan National Park in the distance. Taken from the top of Namsan in Seoul, South Korea

Namsan

High above. Gaze out and over the city. Hundreds of buildings rise up- repeating patterns of grey and white blocks. It feels bustling, even from here. Not far beyond: the soft blue of mountain silhouettes.

City views with the mountains of Bukhansan National Park in the distance. Taken from the top of Namsan in Seoul, South Korea

seoul from above

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Weird Pharmacy Hendricks Gin Popup Bar

Weird Pharmacy

Weird Pharmacy Hendricks Gin Popup Bar

A rose frothed gin cocktail with fresh rose petals

Unlike most memorable bars we’ve found in Seoul, we didn’t just stumble upon Weird Pharmacy. We sought it out.

We were enjoying ourselves in Itaweon when several well-dressed men handing out roses caught our attention. Attached to each rose was a business card with enough information to be intriguing: “Hendricks Gin, Weird Pharmacy, @ Flower Gin, August 27-30, 2015.” Continue reading

XII - speakeasy style bar in Seoul, South Korea

XII

XII - speakeasy style bar in Seoul, South Korea

Down a road, past a long row of kimchi pots, past western style burger joints, and pubs filled with so many foreigners we had to momentarily question whether we were in Boston or Seoul, finally: a corner- a non-descript black door Continue reading

street scene- Mullae Art Village- Seoul, South Korea

Art n’ Seoul

(a mostly visual exploration of the Mullae Art Village)

street scene- Mullae Art Village- Seoul, South Korea

I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Everywhere I looked there was something wonderful and mysterious. The line between art, accident, and naturally occurring residue was completely blurred. One of my most favourite combinations. Continue reading