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Friday Things: Saying Goodbye to Old Cars

Early this morning we said farewell to a member of the family fleet.  We bought this used Audi A6 when Claire was in high school.  She wanted something cooler to drive than the family mini-van or M.J.’s dented Camry. But fourteen years later (and probably close to 150,000 miles–the odometer broke some time ago) the [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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    • Left our modern hotel to explore Seoul’s past at the Bukchon Hanok Village where houses from the turn of the last century mix it up with hipster shops like the black and white photography studio where we practiced our best Seoul-ful expressions. Elsewhere in the village more tourists dressed up in traditional hanboks—like this Chinese woman wearing sunglasses and carrying a Chanel handbag—set up tripods for atmospheric selfies. We explored several intact homes with artfully frozen plantings and  wrote New Year’s wishes to be strung up then ceremonially burned later. Navigating our way through the charming but crowded neighborhood filled with “be quiet” notices on front gates we decided that living here would be like living on Lombard Street in San Francisco. After a traditional lunch of many small delicacies we wandered through pottery, furniture and textile shops in Insadong. At one point, police escorted paraders past us carrying American and South Korean flags and we wondered if this was some protest against the North?