We are home for only two weeks and there is so little time and so much to do, but here I am on my way to downtown Seoul to meet a new pencil friend.
I really love Gwanghwamun. Apart from the actual neighborhood(s) I grew up in, this is the one place that I’ve consistently haunted throughout my school years and adulthood. I know which shops used to be where and what the current establishments used to be like before remodeling. The crowds and traffic are more bearable here; there is order and a sort of old-fashioned gentility, perhaps due to the presence of government offices, embassies and palaces. To me, it feels positively civilized compared to the intense heat and noise of Gangnam.
Of course, one big reason I’ve kept up my visits is because of the mega-bookstore and stationer in the basement of the brown-tile-and-glass building above.
The array of goods on offer are perhaps not that comprehensive, but they change frequently and it’s always worth a look. The geographical proximity to Japan means that Japanese products are well represented (at least better than in North America).
And this time there was a proper pencil meet!
I should have had refills of the coffee and the talk. In any case I feel as if I’ve recharged my pencil batteries to keep me going for a couple more years. The next post will probably be from Uruguay!