Wednesday, April 21, 2010

And we're off...

The standard Korean Air from ICN experience...

The seaweed soup:

The bibimbap:

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


An American living in Korea, on vacation in Hong Kong with her Trinidadian husband, drinking Chilean wine and Laotian beer, sitting next to an American and Swede talking about sailing in the Philippines.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Looking at this just makes me hungry...

Pork cooked in achiote sauce in banana leaves until it falls apart, with homemade salsa.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Haebongchong Walk

The other weekend, we headed out for a walk.  Now that slightly fewer layers are needed to brave the outdoors, we've been more inclined to go outside and check stuff out.

Here's the Alice in Wonderland themed area in front of a building near Cheonggyechong.  I can't remember which building it is, but I'm always fascinated by all the bright colors here.  Especially during winter when there isn't much else around.

Here's a piece of art made of car headlights.

A traditional Korean building, sandwiched between two modern buildings.

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On this particularly bright, sunny, yet still a bit on the sharply cold side, we headed south towards Namdaemun Market, then to Namsan Mt.  Here's part of the wine display at the Hilton Hotel.  Yes, that's Meridian.  It's not quite the same as the winery in Paso Robles, but at least I know I can get a bottle if I really want one.  Anyway, on our way to Namsan, we cheat a bit.  We could take the practically straight uphill road to Namsan Park.  Or, we could go through the Hilton, entering via the lower level parking garage and taking the elevator to the main lobby.  

Once out the front door of the Hilton, the road up to Namsan is straight in front.  Here's one of the many view from the road that goes around the mountain, heading towards Haebongchong and Itaewon.

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Seoul Tower

One of the statues along the way.  There is a library up here, along with a few other facilities.

A phone booth, with a real paper phone book.

Another statue.

View of Seoul

Another view of Seoul further up the road.

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View of Seoul, over the Haebongchong area.

Haebongchong heading down to Banporyo, which is the main drag my office is located off of, is pretty much a straight down descent.  Let's just say I wouldn't want to have anything more than a glass of wine before trying to go either up or down the street if I lived here.  Here as well as in Itaewon, there are houses with decks and stairs and often a pooch or two hanging around.

The kimchi pot gate.

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And there ends our walk to Haebongchong.  At this point, we dodged a few motorcycles, crossed under the street, and caught the bus home and took a well deserved afternoon nap.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Myeongdong Entertainment

The other day, we headed out for dinner. Now that it's just cold instead of bitterly cold, it's slightly more pleasant to go out and walk around. So we headed down to Din Tai Fung, me for the dumplings and the husband for the Chinese food. On the way, we passed by this makeshift stand with some performers.

And after dinner, we wandered through a couple of alleys until we hit the main drag, trying to find our way home. You never know what you might see down these alleys. Here's a half truck, half restaurant. Usually, the restaurants are standalone tents. And usually the trucks are standalone trucks with people selling rotisserie chickens, fruit, vegetables, or seafood out of them. Here, however, is a combo.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Konglish and Itaewon Station

Some random Konglish in Itaewon:

I'm not sure if this is Konglish or not:

Mural in Itaewon Station:

To get this photo, we're headed down the escalator. See, just a few months ago, we would have been going up this escalator. For some reason, used to be that when walking down the street, you walked on the left. Kind of like the British driving on the left. Except in Korea, they drive on the right, like in the U.S. So one day, the government decided that it would be better if everyone walked on the right, too. So they switched all the escalators around. So what used to go up, now goes down, and vice versa.
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