Busan to Seoul

Trip Start Nov 10, 2005
Trip End Apr 30, 2006

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Far be it for a Canadian to complain about the the cold; yet, I feel I should explain why Korean's experience a very bitter and harsh winter. Sitting in Todd's appartment, or rather lying on the floor, is wonderful. The undol style floor heats the entire place by passing warm water through pipes underneath that in turn, heat the cement floor below. Lying on a floor has never brought me such joy. The trade off is this: I am sitting in a bar, writing on a page I tore out of the book I am reading, with no heat source anywhere. I pay for food and beer but there is no relief from the cold. There's snow outside, partons looking for refuge and only a deep fryer, space heater, and soju to keep them and myself warm. I have been sitting beside the space heater until recently when it was rolled away from me because a couple entered the bar looking for refuge.
Todd and his friends have been most generous; entertaining and introducing me to new experiences I would have not have enjoyed otherwise. Foremost among them is eating live octopus. Well, not live entirely. After the octopus is butchured, it is served in a sesamie seed oil. It squirms on the plate, in my mouth, sucks on my tounge or stomach if it is not chewed properly. It is very tasty though.
I wish to thank, Todd, John, Brad, Scott, Yanoo and Eun-ju for introducing me to the Korean culture, their food, and language (and for picking up the tab). Their presence has truly enriched my experience.
It is with some reluctance that I now head further north to Tianjin, China and eventually Beijing. I am going to find the ferry dock and spend 24 hours in the Yellow Sea. Probably about as close as I will ever be to becoming a pirate.
The title of this travel blog would have you believe that I am touring SOUTH-east Asia. This is a lie and for technical reasons I cannot change it. I hope you have enjoyed my blog from Korean and continue to follow me as I move into China and other Asian countries.
Annyeong-hi Gyeseyo!!
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