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Week 2 - Palaces and Art

Did you know that there was a Korean Empire in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries?

I remembered (vaguely) reading about it when I was first preparing to move to Korea, but hadn't thought about it until this past weekend. I learned about it while walking through the National Museum's exhibition on the time period.

Like all capitals, Seoul is filled with a myriad of museums, important buildings, famous statues and streets. This past weekend in Seoul was also filled with the energy which comes from watching justice stand firm. While I didn't go downtown to celebrate on Friday or Saturday, I was in the area on Sunday, and there was still a feeling of elation as I walked along the path where thousands had marched and protested week after week until finally watching their president leave office.

There's no better place to see the long and short history of this country. The Republic of Korea, or South Korea as we mostly refer to it, is very young. Established i…

Chapter Two - Chicken Business

This is Chapter Two in Mederei's story. Chapter One introduced the characters. 
It was like every other dead end town in every other part of the Forty Isles. The same people probably lived there as well - the poor, the lost and those running away from whatever chased them. Of course, there were those who claimed to love their town. Those who wanted to see it grow into something better; those who fought tooth and nail to keep it the same. Those who loved the peace and solitude coming from small town life. How could anyone choose to live in this hot part of Caergwlân when the main island was - for the most part - a lush, verdant land of wealth and beauty? Surely the ones who lived on this island had lost their minds. Ramses pushed open the door to the doctor's office. It was a normal office of one who practiced medicinal herbs. There was a waiting area and two examining rooms between the entrance and surgery. A locked cabinet indicated the location of the powerful herbs, while a gl…

Week 1 - Beyond the Heart of Seoul

I just moved to Seoul - crazy busy, bustling packed Seoul. It's a city like none other I have visited, except maybe Paris or New York City. I don't even live in the center of Seoul, but on the far eastern edge - so close, in fact, that my new school is in the next city over.

My place and school are in the middle of housing developments, and the places keep growing. Most of the area has been built in the past five to seven years. Seoul is a quickly expanding city, but it's amazing beautiful and complex.

The city is separated into two portions by the Han River (in the photo above). The older part of the city is to the north, and the southern part is to the south. On Wednesday, we had a day off from school, and I went bike shopping. I found a new bike after some hunting, and managed to bike all the way back from Jamsil (the region to the west of mine) home along the Han River's bike path. It was a beautiful day.

I was all of five years when the 1988 Olympics came to Seou…

Chapter One – Sulfur and Sun

This is the first chapter in the series starring Mederei, a wizard from the Forty Isles. 
A train's lonely whistle echoed across a dusty, decrepit and otherwise mundane desert landscape. The heat which had been pleasant after the cold winter vestiges of the north, now was unbearable. It had baked away all color save for the palest pinks, yellow, peaches and the faintest lavenders and sages. There was no blue save the ceaseless cyan sky, stretching ever onward, unchanging, unrelenting. Inside the magically cooled compartment of the train, four travelers in their late teens watched the landscape's changing dimensions: the rise of the lonely villages and the fall of the hills. "Are you certain this man's supposed to be here?" the red-headed and ruddy woman asked, pulling her hair off her neck. "I thought summer in the capital was bad, but this is terrible." "It's not summer yet, Mederei," an equally red and ruddy male beside her answered. He fan…