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  • AG 10:32 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Adventure #4: Taking the long way home 

    In the hustle and bustle of life in Seoul, I typically take the shortest route possible to and from the subway station. However, on Saturday afternoon, I decided to practice patience and take an alternative route. I actually got lost in the moment or maybe I was so fully present in the moment, so alert, that it was as if I was rediscovering the neighborhood that I’ve lived in for the past 8 months.

    I actually experienced a quietness in my mind that is foreign to me as I, like many of us, am constantly absorbed in the repetitive thoughts that pollute my brain. I felt content with my surroundings and the new discoveries I had made in this spur of the moment stroll. Some things I stumbled upon were two apartment buildings side by side, one titled Romeo, the other Juliet. How perfect for a culture that is marriage obsessed! I also found a small Mom and Pop grocery store, which made me happy because it’s closer than the chain that I usually visit. Other things I spotted were a few small coffee and sandwich shops and a lingerie store, which was random but classy. Throughout the duration of this trip, there was a meowing cat who followed me almost to my destination, home.

    I have been wanting to practice meditation and yoga for some time now. And while these things are healthy and beneficial, I realized that I can find the stillness that I seek through meditation by simply taking a walk in my own neighborhood.

    • yearof52adventures 6:14 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      I feel a very real need to go explore my neighborhood now. Way to live-it-up lady!

  • Try2StopMe 4:43 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    #1- the dérive: so what if i have nowhere to go 

    i have obsessed over the idea of a dérive for years now. since my performance art class at columbia college, chicago to be exact. it was then that the questions of social appropriateness and responsibility, expectations and conveniences really became an obsession. a dérive would be a perfect, private exploration and exploitation of social normality. what is that exactly? normal?

    normal (he actually used that word in context to mine and my partner’s roaming)- according to the police in michigan on july 7, 2007 was “having a destination”. i have since developed travel panic; obsessive thoughts over where i’m supposed to be going, am going and why.

    from wikipedia: in situationist texts, a dérive is an attempt at analysis of the totality of everyday life, through the passive movement through space. It is translated as drift.

    that’s all we were doing that night.

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