Monday, July 16, 2018

Starting Over… Again.

Even for people used to living in cultures other than their own, where sometimes practically nothing seems to make sense, shifting to a new...

Haebangchon and a World-class Dive Bar.

A few days back I gave a nod to a very cool little bar that welcomed all comers, and will be missed. Before this...

Ah, to be Different

I’m sure everybody has wished at times that they had a camera handy. Actually, these days I’m probably one of the few who wishes...

Poet, Healer, Convicted of Genocide. The Bizarre Lives of Radovan Karadzic

I stumbled into the city centre and found a hotel room immediately. Belgrade was humming with summer activity but not exactly overrun with tourists,...

The First (and Worst) Hollywood Movie Filmed in Korea

In 2008 my wife was approached in the street by a couple of Koreans offering their business cards and a small part in a...

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