Because jet lag is a thing, I tend to fly in a day or two early to get some rest so that I don't fall asleep on the couch of someone I am meeting (I learned that the hard way way back in my Joint Staff days). So, I spent today walking around the part of Seoul closest to me. As it turns out, this is where a massive palace complex is: Gyeonbokgung Palace.
Even before I got there, I had seen signs about past Japanese perfidy, so, no, I don't have much hope for South Korea and Japan to move beyond their pasts.
The trip over was uneventful except for passing through Shanghai airport--I had to go through customs twice--as an arrival and as a departure. With security lines in between, it was most annoying. I had plenty of time between planes, but not fun. I did binge Brockmire on the flight over--Hank Azaria plays a wildly inappropriate baseball announcer on his last chance--announcing a minor minor league team called the Frackers. I probably woke some people up with my laughter, as it was a very good time.
Speaking of pop culture, Mrs. Spew and I saw Infinity War the night before I left. I probably won't blog about it until I see it a second time--just too much stuff happened and much need to process.
Anyhow, I am tired and sleepy, after a very long flight and after much walking around, so here's some of the better shots from today
After touring a few temples and palaces in Seoul, my observation was that many of these sites seemed to have a sign that had some variant of "This historic site has gone X years without being burned by Japan."
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