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This blog will be in no particular order, just a place to post non portfolio images and associated stories as I travel throughout my career as a visual artist. 

Korea AT 2017 PT.2 Chilgok and Korean BBQ 68-87/365

Korea AT 2017 PT.2 Chilgok and Korean BBQ 68-87/365

Well the first day in country, even though I felt like a zombie, I was able to get a couple hours sleep on the bus ride to Camp Carroll enough to function.  So I set out to explore my new home on base there. 

BUT Sean? What the hell are you guys' actually doing in Korea???  I'll get to our mission in PT.3:)

Camp Carroll is a smaller base out in the country of in the village of Waegwan. 

Due to some miscommunication on Camp Carroll's side, 5 of us had to start at transient housing for the first couple days.  Soon I wouldn't realize how lucky I had it:)

24 man bays or so, but after the first afternoon we had it all to ourselves.

Maj. Hendershot and Maj. Cebula also out checking out Carroll our first morning.

Maj. Hendershot and Maj. Cebula also out checking out Carroll our first morning.

Our second day in country we had some in briefs, a group photo and our civilian (ex-military) liaison had arranged for a group outing to the Chilgok Patriots and Peace Memorial.

They have an interactive VR website here.

The museum was a most humbling and fascinating journey through the 55-day long battle of the Nakdong River Defense Line.  Prior to this trip I hadn't really much knowledge of the history of the Korean War, but now I really want to study it a great deal further. 

The plaque at the bottom reads -

"Helmet with Holes
This sculpture symbolizes the 55 day-long battle of Nakdong River Defense Line secured in our town during the Korean War. 55 empty cartridges facing the helmet with holes and photos within the helmut illustrate how desperately our Korean Army and UN forces sacrificed their lives to protect peace and freedom of our country."

The CSM/SGM bromance:)

The CSM/SGM bromance:)

As much as I would love to give a history lesson on each and everyone of these pics, I urge you to go out and research the battle yourselves! 

Hard to believe the atrocities that the NK subjected their soldiers to.  Chaining the machine gunners to stakes in the ground to prevent them from running.

After that experience it was time to eat.

Going on a recommendation on who could fit a party of 20+ we walked a couple blocks from Camp Carroll to the Good Neighbor restaurant and my first experience with Korean BBQ and a little Soju:)

Korean hoarders...LOL the struggle is real with letting go of stuff over there.

Korean hoarders...LOL the struggle is real with letting go of stuff over there.

pretty sure these are NOT pets

pretty sure these are NOT pets

Gay biker club??? not sure, but it could be..HA

Gay biker club??? not sure, but it could be..HA

Also didn't check this place out either.

Also didn't check this place out either.

Spicy chicken feet anyone?

Spicy chicken feet anyone?

The food at this place was amazing.  It completely changed my thoughts on Korean BBQ.  I even tried the kimchi.  I ordered the bulgogi bowl with rice and fried dumplings.  dang, can't wait to eat that again.  It was wierd to see them hand us scissors to cut the meat, but I guess.  It worked pretty good.  Everyone ordered something a little different and it turned into just a gigantic buffet of different meats and condiments.  Duck, ribs, beef, you name it, quite the filling satisfying experience.  The soju wasn't too bad either, I would compare it to a Sake of sorts (which technically they are both rice wine liquors). 

All done from this tiny kitchen

All done from this tiny kitchen

The owner of Good Neighbor

The owner of Good Neighbor

Not sure what a parking charge hole is, but I wouldn't advise parking there.

 

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