Anyhow, the interview subject du jour had only 30 minutes, but he filled that time with heaps of research goodness. He had a copy of our questionnaire and was giving very complete answers while not filibustering us too much. I just let him and the interpreter go back and forth rather than getting the interpretation and then asking follow ups since we had a strict time constraint. I may end up asking more questions by email. Anyhow, this interview was exactly what I needed, and South Korea may prove to be a very interesting case as it seems to be much closer to the US than to Brazil in terms of relevance of legislatures in civ-mil in Presidential systems. Many more conversations this week and next to see if what I heard today is just one person's view or a good depiction.
|This row after row of plaques naming all of the South Koreans
killed in the war provided a heavy dose of perspective
|Note that the attack on this patrol ship was during the 2002 World Cup
and after a 2000 NK/SK summit
After this, I went to Namsan--the mountain in the middle of Seoul where there is an observation tower. This as a mistake--it was hazy. Yesterday, the skies were super-clear. I should have waited for a better day but wishful thinking too over. So, pics like this:
Oh well. There were heaps of South Koreans putting locks on fences and elsewhere, lots of sweets and strange marketing. Which led to this:
Anyhow, so far, so good. I will make better tourism decisions when I have the chance... I hope. Still have not figured out the restaurant scene here--Tokyo was much easier.