I arrived early in the morning and kept getting in the wrong lines to get out of the airport. I changed in the bathroom to several layers with a coat, hat and scarf from shorts. Basically all day and overnight in the plane. Starlux which is a really impressive airline, forgot I was vegan for some reason and so did Singapore Air for the first leg (also a very great choice for flights). So I skipped two meals using my meal bar stock, still I was getting drawn out on half-pill dramamine, Jason Aldean’s Macon and a couple of movies eventually before the rental expired. I finally saw The Post and In the Heights. In the Heights is basically a cool musical. I couldn’t believe how emotionally great the cast is and how good-looking? What an underrated production because making this stuff so natural and life-like has got to be one of the most difficult things I could imagine. Checking Wikipedia I see the box office didn’t make budget; anyways I have to buy a copy for my Nanna. Yesterday I checked in early thanks to the Airbnb host to a rooftop apartment like our coworker/foreign manager used to live in while I was teaching at my first international job. Jet lag crept in for the first time in my trip, but I eventually made it to Yongsan and walked to Itaewon for a satisfying meal at Plant Café and Kitchen after a quick nap. I walked back to Yongsan and got jammed into a subway train on the way back to my accomodations. Today I walked to where I used to hang out and teach. I bought gifts at a couple of the corner stores I shopped at everyday near where I lived and tried to explain my reasons for visiting. The street store where we’d drink at tables right on the pavement, now is a CU branded shop with a wood patio. I bought a snack labelled vegan, non-gmo bananas and sat outside in remembrance. The view is now several super-tall apartment buildings, housing thousands of people. The whole street and original school building where I taught is completely gone. So many neighborhoods are like that actually, turning into even more complex cities within this megalopolis. Exciting for some and sad for others. I got lost often trying to find my way when old haunts were mashed with shiny, new giants among “perfect blue buildings”. I returned to the base after some shopping and eventually went to Insadong, the traditional tea area with arts and crafts for sale. I walked to Myeongdong and back to Insadong for dinner and a tea with after-dinner snacks. One was on HappyCow called Oh Se Gae Hyang – 오세계향 and the other I requested to add to HappyCow called Artist Village – 에술인의 마을 , at 1st Floor, Insadong 3-gil 3, Jogno-gu, Seoul. I retrieved a few souvenirs from between the two parts of town as well for myself finally. A small, yellow glass pig, a quartz crystal shape with point above a square and a shirt with Korean flag and Korean text. Two more days here including the Kehlani concert on Monday. I have quite a bit of philosophy and ever-changing opinions about my perspective and what-not from all the countries so far, but I’d like to finalize a summary after Japan concludes. I still have Jason Aldean’s Georgia to listen to, a few movies to watch plus two tattoo magazines to read. I also have a virtual interview with Michal Malanowski to do in Japan to decide on artwork for the tattoo we’re planning in Germany. What a trip so far!