Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Seoul long and thanks for all the fish

A series of photos from Seoul:

Scenes from a typical shopping street in
New York,
San Francisco,

This is the first time I have seen a Popeye's that wasn't part of an I-95 rest stop. Other US-based fast food chains that are everywhere include:
  • Starbucks
  • McDonald's
  • Burger King
  • KFC
  • Subway
  • Bennigan's
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • TGIF
  • Popeye's
  • The Tea Leaf and Bean

My soft-serve skills are unstoppable.

I don't know why but I love crazy Asian neon signs, especially ones that are just a bit on the fritz.

Runner up in the "Best chain store knock-off" competition.

Winner: for "Frisbee" the Mac store clone complete with workers in aqua blue polo T's just like the genius bar guys.

I will often wonder why, in many countries, are the animals always depicted as being delighted by the prospect of becoming our dinner - whether it's the pig in a top hat at the Mexican butcher, the smiling whale being hooked by a small boy on a Japanese road sign, or this eel here who is actually giving a happy wave to the two girls currently eating his friend.

Bonus question - why are they about to be served a cup of fire?

Nothing in this sign makes sense.

If you don't like:
  • spicy foods
  • the idea of kimchi with breakfast
  • people using scissors as cooking implements
  • meat
  • garlic
  • sesame oil
do not go to Korea.

Wheeeeeeee! Here I am on a ride that is located randomly in a night market. I rode this because there is no way in the history of all of human time that this ride will ever be featured in America - to get an idea why, please view the video below while keeping in mind that this is how it is supposed to work:

Children will be diagonally quintsected with lines? I don't know - that's why I love foreign traffic signs.

Hangul - the Korean writing system - is surprisingly easy to learn (takes about 4 to 5 hours of concentration) - The only reason this would be useful when you don't speak Korean is because of the presence of loan words - e.g. the top menu item here is fried chicken (spelled out phonetically in Hangul)

considering we weren't looking for fried chicken, one could argue that this was not worth the 96 seconds it took me to puzzle it out.

To be continued...maybe

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