Nowon Station in Seoul. Shot with a Mamiya C220f.
Ah, the last picture I ever took in South Korea. One of the handful of Korea photos that were rescued from the buggy external hard drive. I might run some of them this week. Most of them have old watermarks with now-dead URLs on them and I’ll need to get to work shopping those off the image.
Will laziness win out? Stay tuned!
Both subway line four and subway line seven pass through here. By my final year in Korea, Nowon was becoming one of the expat party places in Seoul due to the excess of hagwon popping up in the district. I doubt it ever ranked up there with Itaewon or Hongdae, or even if those hagwon and their edutainers are still there. But it was a mass of bodies at night. It was great to go to during the day for the street market. To be honest, I felt the street market under Nown Station one of the better ones in the north east corner of Seoul.
I wasn’t too far down the tracks living in Suyu. Suyu was bad for me. I stayed there for because of the convenience… and the job was the most stable place I had ever been in in Korea. I got paid in full, and on time!… but so many restaurants, pubs, and fast food joints. I’m an emotional eater when I’m stressed and/or depressed. And between the job stress and a lot of personal shit going on at that time, I gained a fucktonne (I think that’s a metric measurment) of weight. Get off work. Walk past my apartment. Go to Mr.Pizza and return home with my only comfort.
Curse you, whoever invented the stuffed-crust pizza!
I lost a good chunk of that weight in Japan. More active. Less filled with misery. Pity I had to leave because my intestines went to shit. I wonder what might have caused that?
Now, I want to go back to East Asia because I feel more comfortable living there than in Canada. Also, my job skills fit the jobs there and not here. Funny that, me living in an area with nothing but farms and being qualified pretty much to only teach ESL. (Note: I did look for that sort of work here. They either have all the people they need, or are hiring people who don’t need to pay rent since they’re not offering money.) But that means I’ll need to return via Korea. Unless things have drastically changed, Korea is a lot cheaper to get set up in than Japan. And unlike Taiwan and Japan, they don’t demand you fly there just for the job interview.
Also, it’s been six years. Almost as long away as I’ve lived there. I’m curious to see how it’s changed.
And how I’ve changed.
Once I was coming back from the market, heading back up the entrance to the number four line, and an elegantly dressed young woman was just coming out through the doors. Then she snorted in deeply and hacked out a great slimy gob of head goo onto the steps. She then stepped over it without a concern and went on her way.
She was not unusual.