I'm in Songdo, South Korea today on a project with Manhattan-based documentary company, Partisan Pictures. After a 13-hour flight from LA, we sat through the incredibly archaic customs carnet process, then drove to our hotel. After checking in (on the 19th floor), we had an amazing breakfast buffet, then all decided it was time to take a nap. When we finally woke up, we had lunch (also at the hotel buffet), then set out to explore the town.
It's an odd place. Songdo was a marsh as recently as about ten years ago, before the city was built from scratch. With a population of less than 75,000, the city can feel a bit like a ghost town. Walking through the painstakingly landscaped parks surrounded by skyscrapers, it's hard to escape the feeling that you are in a futuristic theme park.