Thursday, February 17, 2011

Korean Update

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

This is my fourth day in Korea and I finally got out of the hotel this afternoon.  I took a cab to the Insadong, an ancient street in Seoul that has many outdoor shops selling a variety of things.  I walked the Insadong last November when I was here as a tourist, so I had no qualms about hopping in a taxi alone and revisiting the glorified alley.  It made for a most interesting afternoon.

I roamed up and down the Insadong and a few side alleys for a couple of hours and then caught a cab back to the base.  My first cabbie had been mute as a stone, but, as luck would have it, this second cab driver spoke quite a bit of English (and Japanese and Spanish).  He was sixty-seven and fixing to divorce the mother of his two grown sons.  I'm not sure what the complete issue was, but it had something to do with religion.  He was a "Methodist Christian" and the rest of his family practiced "the old religion of Korea."  The cabbie thought it was hysterical that a mental health provider didn't have a wife, and he encouraged me several times to hit J.J. Mahoney's Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel and find a wife!  Strangely though, he personally did not want a wife.

That makes two of us!

Photo's of this excursion are at

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