Monthly Archives: June 2009

Dabbling in Druidism

Last weekend we booked ourselves into the annual winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge Aoteoroa, near Carterton. It was, or claimed to be, an ancient Celtic/Druidic ceremony called Alban Arthan – which can be translated as “Light of Arthur.” The ceremony … Continue reading

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Kitten chosen

UPDATE: he’s been named Java.

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Korean Folk Village

There were no business commitments on the day we arrived in Seoul and Alex, our host, arranged for us to visit the the Korean Folk Village, a living museum in the city of Yongin, part of the broader Seoul Metropolitan … Continue reading

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Royally entertained in Seoul

We were well entertained on each of the three nights we spent in Seoul. The first night I’ve already described: the curious events at the Daewonyojung restaurant. The following night we went to Cookin’, a dance and percussion extravaganza performed … Continue reading

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Bullet train to Nonsan

One of our more interesting days in Korea was a visit to a TV and computer CRT recycling plant in Nonsan, a smaller city and hour and a half south of Seoul. It was actually some distance away, because we … Continue reading

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Quite a decent wee hotel

Our hotel in Seoul was simply magnificent – five stars, reckoned by some guides to be the best in town. The Shilla Seoul was certainly the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in and it could easily have been a destination … Continue reading

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Interesting banquet (to say the least)

On the evening of our first day in Seoul we were taken to a traditional Hanjungsic banquet at the Daewonyojung restaurant. It seemed to be a traditional restaurant for male businessmen – at least I think it was such a … Continue reading

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