I’ve been in Beijing for a week, but poor Internet has kept me from finally writing this. We were beginning to get the hang of Seoul just as we left, and I must admit that I miss the deliciously un-sauced, un-salty Korean barbeque. Anywho, here are the highlights of Korea’s capital:
- Barbeque is everywhere, and most places specialize in one type of meat, like pork, beef, or chicken.
- Almost all meals come with an array of kimchi, pickled sides, and salad with mayonnaise or vinegar dressing.
- The chopsticks are metal.
- Unlike Hong Kong, restaurants do serve water, in metal cups stored in a sanitizing container.
- Most people don’t speak much English.
- Plastic surgery ads are everywhere (bigger eyes, nose job, jaw alignment, you name it).
- Cobblers can be found working away in little pods on the sidewalk.
- Restaurants, houses, and offices have a built-in square of floor where you can leave your shoes.
- Showerheads are in the bathroom, with or without a curtain divider.
- Sheets are thick and somewhere rough, and there is only one (on the bottom).
- When you wave someone to come to you, your hand faces down (up is reserved for animals).
- The swing scene is huge, with more than one venue every night.
- For relaxation, baths, and a good scrubbing, Koreans visit mega-spas called jimjilbangs.
- You won’t get phone service unless you have a government-licensed number.
I wonder why people would go to Seul for a plastic surgery. That seems strange.
>Showerheads are in the bathroom, with or without a curtain divider
Where are they not in bathrooms?