Tuesday, March 8, 2011


As anyone who's been here knows, Seoul is a city of contrasts.

I've mentioned the amazing subway system as well as incredibly reliable cell-phone coverage -no dropped calls, even underground!- and yet... this is also a town where vendors sell socks and chickens from their trucks. After a while, you get used to the perpetual juxtaposition of old and modern, but it tends to take visitors and newcomers by surprise.

The other day, while walking around my neighborhood, I stumbled onto the following scene:  

Very modern shopping complex and luxury apartments:

and then, directly across the street, this contraption (not sure what it does exactly, but it seemed to emit heat):

Generally, it feels like my life here spans multiple decades -several of which I've never even lived through. Be it fashion, food, music, architecture, or local customs, things are always interesting and usually never quite what you'd expect.


  1. Jen,
    How about some updated pics!!???
    Its been a while since you've posted some...

  2. It is mobile wood burning oven for sweet potatoes. You probably know by now Korean's love for sweet potatoes.