Sunday, May 07, 2006
all your base is belong to us
This afternoon, I had french toast for brunch, in America... or at least some surreal version of it. At times I can be harsh and extremely critical, particularly of anything related to the US Military. However, I had a lovely afternoon visiting Youngsan Military Base. (Did I really just write that?)
Things that bugged me out (mostly in good ways):
The vast amount of space they have in the middle of Seoul.
A driving range, a soccer field, schools, a hotel, a theatre and more I didn't get to explore.
US Postal Service mailboxes.
People speaking in English.
Black people. (Woah! Don't see much of that 'round here.)
People paying for things with US currency. Five dollar bills look funny. They're little and long.
Landscaping. It much less sterile that I imagined. I guess somewhere in my head I kind of expected things to look a bit like MASH.
It was nice to see random people smile at me, and even say, "hello" just because they were standing next to me. On the other hand, the whole place is a bizarre little bubble. Military people can stay on base, never have to leave, and never really get to know much about the foreign country they live in because they don't have to interact with it.
As a side note, I really miss brunch.
at 11:41 PM