I went to Paju-shi in 1998. Stood and looked across the DMZ. I definitely felt a target. We island folk have no concept of the hot border (well, the Irish do). It was an experience that sticks in the mind. The memorials were very fresh back then. The curfews were on, we had morning air raid drills, teenage service squads thumping around the yok exits. Yet the city was as jovial and vibrant as always. Such a boisterous society to be part of. Positive energy.
I looked at your reply, mo. I know the overlords will dive on me if I get even historically political, so I'll pass on commenting, suffice to say you missed the point yet again. Or is that an attempt at trolling?
This where I was born and started living nigh on 50 years ago. I didn't know that the cover art from one of my favourite albums features a local landmark. I always liked the image and related closely to it and the themes of Diesel and Dust - life as it is for people far from cities.
After two days of lounging and overeating, we had to get some fresh air. As luck would have it the weather was perfect: more like April than January.
The café is remarkable for being more like a bric-à-brac shop and being housed in a wooden-framed textiles factory. The temple is on Ganghwado (-do being an island) and the Bodhisattva (500+ steps above the temple) was carved in 1928. There were dozens of allegorical Buddhist murals, but the one here grabbed me as an early commentary on mobile phones and social media.
Lit a candle in hope of a good year for our family, daughter did some bowing and asked many questions. Internals at the temple were stunning, but cameras not permitted. Didn't see another filthy foreigner all day long and am now waiting for dinner to arrive.
Before Christmas friend's husband was in hospital for an operation. While there he got a bout of gastro and needed help to get to the toilet.
Unfortunately his top teeth fell in as well and although he frantically tried to stop her, the nurse pushed the button which meant he had a lot of difficulty trying to eat hospital food.
He's supposed to get a new set in February but wherever his teeth ended up it's possible some curious creature picked them up.