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Subway Reading. »

Loving this post from A Cup of Jo - it makes me miss New York terribly.

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Koreans rarely read books on the subway - they often stare at their smart phones. Or fall asleep {New Yorkers also guilty of both}. Since I have a flip phone from, I’m guessing 1998, I always read on the subway. And I’m pretty much the only one. 

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More great photos on the Tumblr - Underground New York Public Library.

Seoul's last traditional single-screen cinema closes »

So bummed to hear this. Wish I would have visited before its was shut down.

Sad news for Seoul.

The Associated Press reports on this week’s closing of Seodaemun Art Hall, which is being demolished to make way for a new hotel. AP says it was Seoul’s last traditional single-screen cinema: “The building venerates Hollywood royalty, with a hand-painted advertising board over the theater and big photos of American movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor hanging on the walls. Still, it also has a distinctly South Korean feel: No popcorn is sold here; only rice cakes favored by many elderly Koreans.”

(source: koreastandardtime)

Cinecube: Indie / Art Movie Theatre in Seoul »

I trekked to Seoul in the pouring rain on my day off, hoping to find a film in English at one of the Top 6 Art Cinemas in Seoul {according to CNNGo}. 

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All six theaters have websites, though most are in Korean. I was able to find readable directions to Cinecube so that was my first {and only} stop. I ended up seeing The Future - the latest film from Miranda July {the other option was Midnight in Paris, which I’ve already seen. Twice}. It was incredibly refreshing to see a non-action film in a theatre {the only four I’ve seen in Korea so far - The Hunger Games, Avengers, Prometheus & Spiderman}. 

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July wrote, directed & starred in The Future. It was weird & thought-provoking but a bit slow - as most of her work tends to be. I still really enjoyed it. Very well-written & interestingly shot. Great acting, too. There was subtle humor throughout the entire thing and to my surprise the Koreans laughed right along with me. 

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Anyone else seen it? I’m excited to check out more films at Cinecube in the near future. {though it still makes me miss New York & all the movie options!}

Sweet, little tribute to Nora Ephron. »

From one of my favorite New York bloggers, Joanna Goddard.

Every link she posted is worth clicking & reading. This one made me cry. {Well, frankly, they all did.}

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Loving this quote so much … “And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.” Nora Ephron

Soju, the world's highest selling alcohol. »

Koreans drink their native liquor, soju, by the bottle. It’s cheap & tastes not unlike gasoline. And if you’re not used to it, it’s dangerous. I haven’t had any since my first few weeks living here. For obvious reasons {the atrocious hangover}.

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Turns out, soju is the highest selling spirit in the world. It beat out vodka, rum & whiskey, among others. And soju is rarely consumed outside of Korea, which shows just how much Koreans love to drink.

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Another popular drink is “somaek” which combines beer {maekju} & soju. Basically the taste of beer masks the taste of soju. Also dangerous. Cheers.

"I'm Not Running for President" by David Sedaris. »

If you haven’t read this, please do. It’s brilliant & may just make your jaw-drop, gasping while laughing hysterically. 

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I got to see Sedaris read it aloud in Lawrence, Kansas last November {thanks to Matty!} & it was that much more projectile-laughter-inducing in person. Enjoy.

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Also, his harsh, but hilarious, thoughts on China.

Giggley Girl »

One of my new & fabulous friends, Claire, has a very lovely & funny blog that everyone should read. Claire is from Topeka, Kansas {!} but like me, ventured out of the state for college {Arizona}. Her mom is Dean of the School of Nursing at Washburn University, and my sister’s boyfriend plays football at Washburn, so I like to pretend they’re best friends.

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Making good friends, that you really connect with, in Korea can be pretty tough because once people find a small group they like hanging around, they tend to stick with it. Plus, this place is a revolving door for foreigners; with one-year teaching contracts, people are always coming & going. But I happened to have struck gold when my dear friend, Betsy {I met her while studying abroad in Spain four years ago}, was living just a 15-minute bus ride from my new home in Korea. Our time here only overlapped for a few weeks, but I inherited two of her beyond amazing, hilarious & genuinely kind friends - Sarah & Claire. I thank my lucky stars for them everyday. Seriously.

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Enjoy Claire’s blog & follow it, too. She has a unique voice, clever snark & spot-on pop culture references that I may, or may not, try to copy emulate!

Supermoon »

The supermoon was gorgeous in Seoul tonight. Couldn’t quite get a picture that did it any justice, though.

{Thanks to Heidi for the heads-up!}