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Welcome to South Korea...

February 29th, 2008 (07:41 pm)
pensive

current location: South Korea
current mood: pensive
current song: Seether-Fine Again

I will have to say that I'm happy to have a port visit, but of course I would've loved to be able to enjoy it a bit more. After finally setting foot on solid earth again I had two immediate priorities, food, and cash. Stepping off the bus with my two liberty buddies we converged on a small 7/11 type store to grab some cash. The atm did not have the capability to read our cards so we found the nearest bank in which to harvest some funds. After wandering around for a few minutes we found what might have been our salvation, a bank with a rather long line of atms for our perusal. Only two of the atms looked like they would even accept our cards so after quite a few tries we headed in to plead our case. We were told that the atms worked for foreign cards and even after restating several times that this wasn't the case we came away with only one of us having any cash by means of the exchange desk at the bank.

After making a quick stop at a computer room we wandered up and down the small town till we found an out of the way place that served an excellent Kim chi dish with fish, sea weed, egg, and radish sides. During the meal I had to get up to use the bathroom, unfortunately my knees are no longer robust as they once were and after sitting down on the floor to eat the meal had taken it's toll. After rising up I took a few shaky steps and set my mind to getting to the bathroom. Almost to my goal I hear my name being called out and this little Korean lady running along with these little blue sandals. After asking for the bathroom the lady had placed them outside the room for me but I had been so focused on just putting one foot in front of the other and not falling down to notice. Now if this had been the only problem it would've been alright to come back to the guffawing of my group but the coup de grace was the sandals themselves. I think they may have been a size five or six, I wear a six eleven in most shoes....So, bad knees, full bladder, and sandals that are around half the size that I need, welcome to the sunshine land ;).

The meal was good though and we went back out into the brisk air, it was around 40 degrees, and proceeded to walk along to find interesting things to photograph. Coming up to a huge stone gate that had some interesting sculptures on it I stopped to pop some pictures then noticed a bust of a nude female a crossed the street. One of my liberty party seemed to be heading right towards it so I told them to lean up against it or touch it and I would take their picture. Unheeding and unhearing they walked right past and started to admire a car beside the statue. One track mind indeed. Another item of note, I had been challenged to identify the smell that seems to engulf the entire country by on of my liberty buddies that had been stationed there before. Walking along I had memories of my short time on my family’s ranch and then it came to me. The entire time we were walking out in the streets the air was permeated with the smell of manure. A very light scent but there none the less. After bringing my observation to voice with the rest of the group I was informed that it only gets worse when the weather heats up. Wonderful.

Continuing on the walking tour that we were giving ourselves we had some fun reading some of the signage around us, Motel Nice, Hotel Very Six. Some of the clothing around the stores was very entertaining as well, Butterflies hang out with flowers said one hat, while another had, Follow me!! It's my treasure motorcycle, with a picture of a moped on it. Some of the products were interesting as well, I love balloon had nearly a hundred little balloons with a device to blow them up with that looked more like a sex toy then anything else...heheh. After enjoying some POCAR SWEAT we sat down to eat another meal. I believe this one was pibimbap, a rice dish with random veggies and red pepper powder.

After the meal we got another one of our liberty buddies to stand with a South Korean salior and get their picture taken. It was cool because in the background you could see the workers from the place we had just eaten at smiling and giving us hello hand gestures.


Tommarow I hope to have even more experiances to share, take care!

Comments

Posted by: Risu (skwerly)
Posted at: February 29th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)

Pocari Sweat is odd to me. I can't get over its viscosity.

How long are you staying there?

Posted by: Sarge (sarge104)
Posted at: February 29th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)

I didn't mind the drink, probably because I enjoy Sobe's No Fear energy drink as well.

We are not staying long, they like to have us out in the water for the maximum amount of time, and the ports for this trip are really leaving a lot to be desired. I will endevor to have fun though.

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