Friday Night Dinner (a Photo Post)

Friday night Jennifer invited Good Man and I out to some after-Korean-class-someone-from-Canada-is-in-town dinner.

On the way there, in the Seoul Subway station, we found this woman. She was selling puppies, kittens, and chicks from these boxes.

Selling Animals in the Subway Station

On Their Way

I can’t believe this ad has been up for nearly 2 years without being changed. It’s rather daring for Korea.

This is the ten-year kiss.

This is the ten-year hug.
I will love you today like it’s ten years.

Because I love you, it’s OK.

We went to a dalk kalbi restaurant. I am pretty sure that’s the same place I went with Michael when I first got here.

Fixing Her Hair

“건배!”

종가

In Korea, friends of the same sex (male or female) hold hands. The men seem to stop in their teens, the women seen to continue this through their twenties; I suspect when they marry, they stop.

Friends

There were a few homeless guys sleeping near a palace. Korea doesn’t really have any sort of social net to help people. Charity is not common here, soup lines are not common here, Good Man says there’s subsidized housing of some sort, but not much. There are a few organizations that will help people, but there’s no such thing as welfare (in the form of food stamps, for example). If your family won’t or can’t take care of you, there is no support.

Good Man says most of the homeless guys are alcoholics, but I am sure, like home, many of them are also mentally ill. The mental health care system in this country is…not good. The doctors are probably fine, but the sense of shame and lack of awareness is even worse than back home.

Homeless

Friday Night with the Guys

The grating at the top of the subway station was throwing shadows on the stairs.

Light and Dark

Good Man

Me

One thought on “Friday Night Dinner (a Photo Post)

  1. Comment from: William G [Visitor] Email · http://thewilliamg.blogspot.com
    re: the holding hands…

    Older Korean men DO do it. You just have to catch them after a few bottles of soju one their way to the whore house.
    04/20/08 @ 09:54

    Comment from: william [Visitor] Email · http://dollopofsolipsism.blogspot.com/
    i was waiting for a bus once, and these two drunk mid-50s gentlemen were embracing and touching each other on the road, waiting for a cab. this went on for a good 10 minutes. it was really amusing.

    on another note, nothing is sadder to me than seeing old korean women selling gum, kitchen gloves, or collecting boxes on the street.
    04/20/08 @ 10:23

    Comment from: Jennifer [Visitor] Email · http://www.jennipal.blogspot.com
    Thanks for coming Amanda ;)
    04/20/08 @ 13:04

    Comment from: admin [Member] Email
    William and William, true, true, I’m sure. Seeing as how I’m not on my way to a whore house or working in one, I’ve missed it. And actually, if you look at the photo, there are two businessmen grasping each other.

    Jennifer, sorry your weekend was shot.

    04/21/08 @ 16:19

    Comment from: Robbin [Visitor] Email
    Quick question – are the animals sold as pets – or …..
    04/22/08 @ 00:12

    Comment from: admin [Member] Email
    Robbin, Good Man says “they are pets, but they will be dying soon.”
    04/22/08 @ 14:01

    Comment from: Chelsey [Visitor] Email
    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for the tip on the books, I went to 교보¸ today and spent about 140,000 won buying up a few different levels. Hopefully next time I come back my Korean will be better.
    04/25/08 @ 14:43

    Comment from: Chelsey [Visitor] Email
    I guess there is no hangul in the comments section, I meant “I went to Kyobo . . .”
    04/25/08 @ 14:44

    Comment from: admin [Member] Email
    Chelsey, I fixed it for you. If you’re using IE (I think) then the Hanguel is weird. Switch to Firefox! Seriously. ;)

    Enjoy the remaining time you have in Korea!
    04/25/08 @ 15:27

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