Saturday, December 23, 2006

I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In

Pirate ships that is...

Friday night we went to I Porky's for dinner. (Yes, that is actually the name of the restaurant.) All of the adult English students and the teaching staff. Dinner lead to drinks and drinks lead to nore bong. All of the songs were a little too high for me but I sang my lungs out and completely lost my voice.

One of my co-workers brothers is in town visiting so we took him to the Insa-dong market to go shopping for souvenirs. It was a nice day for a walk and Insa-dong was hopping. Every 100 meters through the market there was somebody standing with a sign offering free hugs. It read in Korean and English "Free Hugs - put a smile on your face." Things like that are why I love the Christmas season.

After Insa-dong we took a cab to the Yongsan Electronics Market. Anything you want from DVD players to TVs to DVDs is available here. Average price of a DVD is 3-4,000 Won so be prepared to haggle. Also, don't be in too big of a hurry. Once you make your DVD selections, the proprietor of the tent stand will have to go into the back and burn your DVDs. Yes, this is totally breaking international copyright laws. But as I mentioned before, Koreans are willing to break some laws but others are sacred. What?! Pirating DVDs is illegal?! I had no idea!

The night ended with 007. The new James Bond film Casino Royale finally made it to Korea. The opening chase sequence was amazing. My palms were sweating it was so intense. The movie stayed true to Bond traditions and the highly controversial 'blond Bond' did a good job.

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