This may be funny to some but not to others.  Korean women often wear high-heeled shoes.  Stiletto-heeled shoes are especially fashionable.  It’s not so fashionable, though, to get those stilettos caught in pavement crevasses or between cobblestones while walking on the street.  Every once in awhile, while one walks through the streets of Seoul, one notices a stylishly-dressed woman suddenly stop, look down, back up, lift her leg slightly, and then move forward again, as if pirouetting during a dance sequence.  Most of these ladies seem well-trained in the art of keeping their dignity intact while extracting their heels from offending crevasses.  They make it look good rather than embarassing, and effortless to boot.  The odds are good that walking in Seoul wearing stiletto heels will inevitably result in such incidents.  It makes me glad that I don’t wear stiletto-heeled shoes.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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