Um... words fail
crazy bad english t-shirt exibit A
crazy bad english t-shirt exibit B (???)
um, megapole, indeed
I had the "Octopus Formality" - it was really tasty, and hot hot
I like the "I "heart" news week button
Cheonggyecheon again - this stream was covered by roads from the 1950's until 3 years ago
near City Hall
brainy octopus resturant
this was just all by itself, on the sidewalk
I was waiting for my for my kimbap lunch when I took this. Kimbap is yummy, good for you and cheap! And it's everywhere...
Ewha Woman's University subway station - pretty freaking cool decor
Hey, it rained in Seoul! It's usually pretty dry here, so it's a nice choice
the view from out balcony at the Baemikumi pension (on Modo Island), where Erin and I spent 4 days (Lunar New Year holiday.)
Kumi (left) and Baemi (right) finally exhausted after a day of running around the beach like maniacs
Baemi - schnauzer alert! He and his "sister" Kumi were (rescued) lost dogs, who live on the island now and have pretty much live the best lives of anyone I've ever met...
Kumi (no need to be so freaking cute, now) She and Baemi were always visible, exploring the beach and greeting people
glimpse of a cemetery, and a nice view on Modo
"mystery tea" - no, it's called that! a flower is put in hot water, and after about 10 minutes, it opens up, and it's ready to drink. Note gourd turned tea-server...
old ship at Baemikumi.
that old ship, as seen from the beach
Junbong-do (island), as seen from a looong pier I walked out on
mermaid statue at Junbong-do
mud beach on Shindo Island. when the tide goes out, it goes waaa-ay out
sunset on Modo
planes were always flying overhead at Modo - but it actually wasn't bad, they matched the sound of the surf going in and out
anchovies, Korean-style. these are chewy and actually really tasty
Baemikumi sculpture park
note: this is a statue
high tide at Modo - mud city
there are lots of little islands off the coast of Inchon
Back in Seoul! Some apartment realty office - um, "interesting" logo, guys
another "borrowed" logo
Erin's co-worker Rachel (looking back, in the foreground) took a group of us foreigners and locals out for drinks and BBQ, in Gangnam
Inside the BBQ, that's Anthony, a Texan-ex-pat
The night out was to celebrate the recovery of a former co-worker at Erin's school - he had been hit by a taxi (!) six weeks earlier
The staff at this bar we went to later sure work for your tip! Oh, wait, there's no tipping in Korea. Well, then, they just work...
Michelle (from New York), looking radiant at a pretty divey bar called The Loft in Itaewon, a few hours later
Erin and Holly (from Philadelphia) still holding it down in Itaewon
Outside the Forbidden City, in Beijing
Mao's mausoleum in Tienanmen Square
Cops in Tienanmen Square - best not to piss them off...
groovy phone booths - you see these everywhere in Beijing
late afternoon, near The Forbidden City
I saw a lot of iPod billboards here, I guess I shouldn't be surprised any more
Two of my hosts taking me out for dinner in Beijing, which I did a LOT! I was treated very well...
Two boys playing
me, next to my cab driver - not the crazy cage surrounding him (!)
the tight squeeze
great view of City Hall
no shortages of blind massueses
finger lickin' in Red China
how cute! they love pumpkins here
Beijing trash can
a lovely painting of JFK eating an ice cream cone (yes, it's really JFK)
the perkiest hip hop in Seoul, anyway...
olympic park, Seoul
written on this bike seat: "please don't steal this bike" (that warning could actually work here - there's not much crime in Seoul)
...but of course.
yes, there's a sleeping child under that woman's jacket
groucho, harpo, and chico
this is (I think) an animation college
...I ended 3 weeks of sobriety by going out for drinks with Erin & some of her coworkers from her school.
whoa, some of the architecture here is just freaking nuts
Mark (left) from Alabama, and John from Winnipeg
Yay, Itta ( http://www.myspace.com/ittaexist ) at DGDB (she's the one on the right.) Super-talented and eclectic, she used keyboards and toys to (non-ironic) musical effect
um, someone let Kelloggs know, Tony the Tiger's been caught moonlighting...
We decided to go to a "dry" naraebang (kareoke) so we snuck in drinks. Here's a magazine rack at the store we got the booze.. Yes, that's the new issue of "Yogurting"
as the sign says...
remember: dying in a fire isn't cool, kids
in the "gents"
ah, two Italian cuisines combined (espresso+pasta)
yup... the naraebang was underground and was a bit, um, dive-y (of course that's a lot of the appeal) Ps: ashtrays and urinals are somewhat common here
crazy crowds in Myeong-dong
Seoul tower, at the top of Mount Namsan
Erin poses with (some of) Seoul in the background, halfway up Mount Namsan, on New Years' Day
The inside of this train station is all rocky, like the subterranean lair of a Bond villain...
The "Luxury Ho" bar, in Hongik
Easily the biggest dog in Seoul I've seen so far...
Detail of Gio's sign
Gio is run by two older women who make just two dishes - a bowl of mushrooms and homemade noodles, and rice, seaweed and herbs.
Every thing's cooked in the same stone pot, at your table
And you dish up your own food. Note all the graffiti on the walls - Gio is very small and the building seems to be made of cardboard, but it's very cozy and the food is super yummy (and hot!)
cute KT (Korean Telcom) ad. Not sure about the "water passed by our manager" sign above it, though...
Love the colour scheme
Didn't want to disturb them, way too merry for me...
Did I mention that the robots have taken over?
At the skating rink at Lotte World
around the corner from my apartment
also around the corner from my apartment
hanging lanterns at a Buddhist temple
the robots have taken over
Warhol building in Insadong
Every "back alley" is really a side street with a million secrets....
8 pm and the donuts are dunkin'
big tower in Gwanghwamun
oh, right, it's x-mas
A girl waiting for a train at Yaksu station. Note her shoes - Asics are big here
Hi (Annyong Haseyo!) There's a Hi Mart in Vancouver, on Robson Street, BTW...
this couple is blocking the view of a lovely painting of John Wayne
the road out of Itaewon
so cool - reminds me of the crawl at the beginning of the Star Wars movies
lots of little alleys and hills in Itaewon
pizza, The North Face & the allmighty
South Korea's answer to the North's nuclear plan - a huge fist, ready to punch out any adversaries
note: the "d" is actually a rotated "p" (and, um, did Borat write the sign above?)
so crowded - glad I'm not in a rush
Itaewon is a bit um, "dodgy"
look, it's whitey! in my neighborhood (Gangnam) I always acknowledge any foreigners with a hello.. Itaewon is a special tourist zone, so I don't bother here...
nice to know - all the cabs have these signs in them
mind the gap
Okay, it's blurry, but I went to an underground mall and on the same floor were 3 huge used record stalls! Did you know Pheobe Cates recorded an album in the early '80's?
Scary apartment building - kinda Soviet-looking
Oh right, it's x-mas! I keep forgetting
You wouldn't know it from this photo, but the streets are BUSY here! And you can drive your car or motorbike on the sidewalk - I guess my iPod will be for subway use only
And here I am, in Seoul, needing a shave
Name's Lotte World, here's the proof