In Korea, going to the city means heading North. Following the vast Han River, we drive along the highway up to Seoul. In the city, numbered buildings crowd together to form villages. I don’t even mind the heat because the winding alleyways are lined with leafy trees and airy coffee-shops. Summer days are filled with long talks with new friends that I feel like I’ve known for much longer, and never too many bowls of bingsoo.
Cafe General Doctor in Hongdae is an certified clinic and cafe, and also home to some sleepy cats. My friend Sooji and I met up to enjoy a huge bowl of bingsoo–milky ice flakes dusted with misutgaru–and a slice of fluffy cheesecake.
In Hongdae yet again, I met up with the lovely Jacqui of Something for Sunday. Fell + Cole is a San Francisco-inspired specialty ice cream shop. I had a scoop of Youth Potion No. 6 and Jacqui had a scoop of tequila watermelon ice cream.
I’ve been in Korea for almost three months now. Next week is my birthday!
“It’s dark now and I am very tired. I love you, always. Time is nothing.”
― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife