A trip to Miami Beach

My friend Jim and I went on a trip to Miami. We’d driven down from Atlanta to check out the beaches, driving with all the windows down to get the breeze as beach towns and high-rise condos blurred by. Elderly men wearing Bermuda shorts and black socks padded along the sidewalk to the shuffleboard courts. By the pool of…

Latin nights in the Magic City

On our second day in Miami, Jim and I started the morning off with a Cuban coffee, strong and thick, served up in thimble-sized cups. Beside us a blond women in designer shades sipped an iced coffee while talking on her phone about shopping and beauty treatments. There was a warm balm from the sun being out…

A journey into Korean pop

Seoul, South Korea In the late morning I went on a shopping excursion to Myeongdong. Throngs of shoppers were going by in the street. I meandered through the crowd, past cosmetic boutiques that sold Korean beauty brands. Across the way was Cat Playground, a cat cafe where young Seoulites drank coffee among playful felines. Mall-going school girls frolicked along. I walked…

Korean pop music in Seoul

One evening in Seoul I snagged a ticket to a Hallyu pop festival. Crayon Pop was set to be the opening act. I started off for the venue beneath a neon skyline. From a long way off I could hear the noise of the concert. As I hesitated at the entrance, I could see the concert was…