Finally! I have arrived. The first thing that comes to mind when I got here was the word "busy". Korea is a busy place but it's beautiful, smelly at times, and all around awesome. I can't wait to explore this country more fully. Here's what I've got so far. I'm going to have to break this entry down into chapters.
A confession: I haven't been good at lugging my camera around for the first few days here so I haven't been taking many pictures. But that will no longer be the case. Promise.
As I said, Korea is beautiful. Peep for yourself.
Seoul National University
A neighbourhood on the mountain in Seoul
Up the street from my uncle's house. He lives in one of the older neighbourhoods of Seoul. They don't build them like this anymore. Now all they build are high rise apartment complexes with giant numbers on the sides.
I haven't had much to eat out yet, but here's a couple of pictures anyways taken in the last couple of days.
Chajangmyun. Those noodles are hand-made.
Samgae Tang. Chicken stuffed with ginseng and rice.
Okay, this is the most amazing part of Korea: all the cool funny things. Here's just a few things I've seen so far.
First off, there are no laws regarding signage on commercial buildings and this is the result:
Just try to imagine a whole street to buildings like this
I read Korean at the level of maybe a four-year-old. So there's no way I could read all of this as I'm driving by. I doubt even a Korean native would be able to distinguish one sign from the next, especially in a whole neighbourhood of buildings like this. Eventually, it all blends together into visual white noise so the attention grabbing effect each business is trying to achieve is pretty much wasted.
The first time I went to the bathroom (to pull a Davies) I was confronted with this:
In case you were wondering, the seat is heated
Here's a closer look at the controls.
The button on the far right is the history eraser
I haven't tried the bidet and I don't think I will.
The awesomeness of Korea will further be explored in future posts. I'm tired and I want to rest. That's it for now.