1. Do you have hangover's? I sure do. Quite often. What is the cure? NO,no,in Korea Tylenol viewed as the devil Western medicine. Here they have either nasty tastin herbs (which are 0 for 2 working for me) and a little dish called 벼해장국 (literal translation, hangover soup). I've goten hooked on it and I can see myself frequenting a Korean restaurant back home on Sunday instead of the IHOP. Whether I can find anyone to come with me,that's another story. Of course, as I found out you must make sure it's the right type of soup..there is also a blood one. Me and Jeff found out to late about this and here is what we managed to pull out of our soup.
Notice the two plates in the middle? Well, that would be boiled pigs blood. Nasty! Luckily enough it was in Iteawon (the foreign district) so I wasn't too far away from a home made hamburger.
2. Although I wouldn't say most Seoulites are friendly (compared to Mexican, Cdn, and Chinese I've met), they do usually let you come and go as please and arn't outwardly negative to the recent foreign invasion. I've met some of the nicest and most kind people here in Seoul, so don't get my wrong, but when I see signs like this I wonder sometimes.
Notice the sign on the door reads: M.C. Only Korean
Luckily I wasn't too far into the night to cause a spectacle when I saw it, but me and Jeff did go downstairs to see what they would do. We had Sungku come in a minute later to talk. As we entered a girl comes over with a big smile..sees were foreigners, she gets a scared look on her face, turns around and runs over to the bar. Most of the dancing stopped at people just looked at us. The manger comes over with the X over his arms saying sorry, no. Sungku eventually got the story that some foreigner was in a week before and ended up breaking a bottle and waving the broken half around in his hand. Foolish, but not a reason to ban 5 billion people from the bar.
I have heard Korea been called the most racist society in the world, I highly doubt that. But there is more than enough evidence to show that Korea has a long way to go before they can call themselves an open society.