I found some other book nerds… and then there was dessert…

Merry Tuesday, Reader! I’m writing to you from a new-ish coffee chain that opened in my neighborhood a few months ago. I feel like I’m cheating on my beloved Starbucks… But until the new one opens, I’ve decided I might cheat. This place is cute and while the coffee is what I would consider sub-par, it’s a five minute walk from my apartment… Sorry, Sbux. Hurry up and open already!

But anyway. That’s not the point of this post.

Reader. I did it. I DID IT! This weekend, I finally peeled myself out of bed, cleaned myself up, and got myself out to that book club I’ve been meaning to get to for a couple of months. (If you’re new to the blog, you can read about how that was one of my intentions for January here and then how I blew it; and then how I re-made it an intention for February here. I obviously followed through this time.)

To keep with the chosen theme, “Fearful February,” the book picked for the month was Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, the first in the Hannibal Lecter series. I was super excited to read this because I’ve been intrigued by Lecter since I first saw The Silence of the Lambs back in college. I had never read any of the books (I honestly don’t think I realized there were books…), so this was a perfect opportunity/reason to delve into the first one. I do love a good dose of crazy, mentally twisted killer-esque stuff, and the book proved to be great entertainment for me. I finished it in just a few days. And may I say, I was shocked at what happened at the end…

But enough about the book (if you want to know what happens, go read it yourself). Let’s get into the meetup itself. I joined seven other women, one of which happens to work for my school’s sister branch. (We had several things to talk about… and bitch about. Ha.) A few of the other girls were pretty talkative, and though not everyone finished the book, we still found a good amount to discuss. I really, really had a nice time chatting with these other women who seemed genuinely professional and potentially as geeky as me.

[Side note: I don’t tend to hang out with other teachers much because I find them to be, well, like children. Booze is cheap and plentiful in Korea. And when you’re 22-25; don’t have to pay rent, car insurance, or high utility bills; don’t go to work until 1 or 3:00 in the afternoon; and don’t much care about pissing anyone off, you can go on a bender any night of the week and roll into work half-hungover the next day. It’s so commonplace that it’s fairly accepted by the Korean staffers, and that’s just sad. I’ve always been an “old soul,” so the kids (yes, I call them “kids”) that typically live and work in Korea aren’t my closest friends. Hence why I got so excited about this bunch of women. But anywho.]

The other thing I want you to know about this whole little shindig is where we went. There’s a small dessert cafe in downtown Daegu called Die Torte and they sell the most delicious, decadent, Korean-ized pie/cheesecake/cake/tort thingys. OH. MY. GAWD. Don’t believe me? I asked all the ladies to humor me and take photos of all their desserts just so I could post about it. Lookie:

“Cheese tort” and “tiramisu tort” and something with Oreo in it and “strawberry cheese tort” and something apple-y with nuts… Um, YUM. Oh, and fair coffees and tea… Yes, yum. YUM. Like a dummy, I didn’t take photos of the inside/outside, so I’ll get those up and then this little sentence will magically disappear from this post so future readers know what to actually look for.

But, if you are in Daegu and looking to find this little gem, here’s some helpful information so you can find it:

If you’re riding a bus: You can take buses 309, 427, or 929 and get off at Samdeok Church. Follow the rest of the directions below, starting from the 7/11.

If you’re coming from the subway: If you’re coming out of Banwoldang, leave out exit 10 (all the way at the far end of the station).  Once you’re above ground, walk straight ahead and walk a good two city blocks until you start seeing wedding dresses in the shop windows on your left. Turn left after you’ve gone two blocks. Take this street until you see a place called “Elmo’s” on the right across the street; there’s a 7/11 on your immediate left that marks the opening to a city alleyway. Turn left here and then take the next left just ahead of you. You’ll walk past just a couple of buildings and the cafe will be on your left. If you know the bars downtown, you’ll be just a few yards from the right turn (the alleyway you’re walking in comes to a “T”) that will lead you to Thursday Party; if you get to Thursday Party Burger on your immediate right, you’ve gone too far. If you know Gogos in this alley, Die Torte directly across the alley.

Here’s a map:

a map from Banwoldang Station... Come out of exit 10...

a map from Banwoldang Station… Come out of exit 10…

So there you have it. Delicious dessert for lunch/dinner and entertaining discussion that made for an all-around great day.

Merry Tuesday to you! :)


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    • Thanks, Annie! I was so proud of myself, which seems a bit pathetic… But hey! One has to have some excitement in life, no matter how dull it seems to an outsider!

      As always, thanks for your encouragement. :)

    • Indeed, Dan, it was a great time! We’re reading Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam for next month’s meetup, which I read shortly after the movie came out (October Sky, starring Jake Gyllenhaal). I was quite young when I read it, though, and recall getting bored at many points and not understanding. I’m really looking forward to reading it again as an adult!

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