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January 31, 2006

Blood being thicker than water...

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January 28, 2006

Xin Nian

From Dongying, China (Shandong Province):

新年快乐 (xin nian kuai le)

恭喜发财 (gong xi fa cai)

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Go east [encampment], young [oil] man


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Guest quarters in Beijing

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Finally, back in [5000 years of] Civilization

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January 24, 2006

Go Bruins

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January 18, 2006

Breakfast and Mound-climbing

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January 17, 2006

Donde son las expats?

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January 16, 2006

Special Lunch

Special Korean lunch (whole chicken soup) traditionally served in homes during the hottest days of the summer.

Kee-Yoon (Kyle) dragged Dan out of bed just for it.

We both ended up throwing it away and going to a nearby restaurant to get burgers instead.

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January 12, 2006

s words

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January 11, 2006

Albert's Birthday

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January 08, 2006

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Dae Gu

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"Queen for a day"

Mulling being a future prosecutor...

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H-Y Korea!

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26.8º F

Would kill for some of that Korean floor heating right now . . .

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Hi Siddhartha!

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January 07, 2006


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January 06, 2006

A night of soju

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January 05, 2006

Traditional Dinner

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January 02, 2006

A Christmas night Channukah

How thoughtless of me. Forgot to post pictures from Hannukah.

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More meat pies!!!

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Our rations

Finally, lunch in Kyung-Joo.

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The 1%

With a population of around 48 million and a military numbering 600,000 South Korea depends on mandatory service. All men under the age of 35 must serve for at least 2 years in the military.

The many soldiers one sees walking around serve as a constant reminder of a divided peninsula.

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Taking my first bullet [train]

Just outside of Seoul, we ran into dense fog covering an industrial site.

While Seoul is a modern, glaring city - the rest of the country remind visitors like me of South Korea's industrially driven development and of how recent it all has been.

The divide between rural and urban South Korea is threatening to grow due to trade liberalization. South Korean farmers have been very vocal protestors at APEC and WTO summits and recently, several were killed during clashes with South Korean police. The opposition party had called for the resignation of the police chief.

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Yah, I'll take that weird looking one in the middle...

Ordering without knowing the language has mixed results.

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You know they're Asian...

1) When it's the middle of a war-zone and they still make you go to school...

2) Their expeditionary force looks like a group of tourists.

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Engrish Lessons

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More Seoul Food...

Street stalls, 7-Elevens and even a few reputable restaurants will have these. Think of them as fish-based corn dogs (they're on a stick). 500 won/piece. [$1 is about 1000 won]

I think these are a bit like scallion pancakes.

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Seoul Food

Sorry, couldn't resist the title...

Some of the tools involved in Korean BBQ.

The BBQ pit.

The grill that goes over the pit.

The suction vaccuum lowers from the roof to ferrets away the smoke and oil.

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