I’ll be in the UK until Monday, so if somebody else could start the Open Thread on Saturday, I’d appreciate it.
OK, it’s a little early…
Don’t forget to pack an extra hanbok.
And remember less than 100ml’s worth of boshintang in the carry-on.
Cactcus, ‘Primero, esse’ is probably closer to ‘First, bro’ (at least for norteamericanos). ‘Cabron’ is a little cruder; you’re okay here, but you could get into trouble using that out on the bulevar .
I’ll do it if it isn’t anything up by Sat morning.
How many posts before someone mentions Dokdo… oops, dang, never mind.
You’re right twice, of course – I knew about the insultive qualities of that word, but since I consider TMH folks to be members of my extended family, I thought it was appropriate.
Robert, whilst you are over there.
Could you pick up some Peanut Butter M&M’s, Yorkie Bars, Rowntrees Fruit Gums, Bassetts Jelly Babies, Sherbet Lemons, Galaxy Minstrels, Toffee Bon Bons, cheese, Bassett’s liquorice allsorts, and a large fruit cake.
Before you go, pack your luggage with cartons of cigarettes –
‘Korea has lowest tobacco price among OECD members’
“The Ministry of Health and Welfare said South Korea has the lowest cost at 2,500 won per pack. According to the study, Ireland posted the highest of 14,975 won, six times that of South Korea, followed by Britain with 11,525 won and France with 9,400 won, respectively.”
That sounds wonderful. Happy and safe travels.
Wow, that’s a long way to go just for the weekend! You must have your reasons. But I wouldn’t bother spending all that time, sitting around on planes, trains, buses and in airports (22 hours flying direct, plus immigration, customs, waiting time around in airport time, getting to and from the airports). You’re looking at well over 30 hours messing about for a short weekend trip. The farthest I’d consider for a weekender would be Jeju!
Have a great trip, but it sounds like it’ll be horrendous to me, to go so far for such a short stay – madness!
#10, it could be business.
I’m bound for Ireland on the 27th, and our partners joked about this very thing this morning. Make sure to buy your duty-free carton of cigarettes at the airport, we were told. You can hire a Korean driver for the day for the cost of those smokes! W15,000 a pack — no fooling.
22 hours flying direct
What do you fly? The back of a gander? Just take a non-stop flight ~11-12 hours.
22 hours (in the air) is a conservative estimate of a direct ’round trip’ 11×2. Not each way. It’s only taken me that long when I took a rather silly (but incredibly cheap) route via Hong Kong and Bangkok to London.
Well why didn’t you say so? Duh? My bad :))
Worry not, mi jefe, I have at least three Dokdo posts ready to post in the next 5 minutes and surely Apple will any minute sue Samsung for the Romanization of their name from Korean.
Keith-I’m actually going to photograph a friend’s wedding in Edinburgh. I hate flying, but I’ll tell you, the Xanax really seems to be working.
Posted from Schipol Amsterdam Airport.
Xanax + Ambien = only way to fly.
For a flight of that length I would recommend Temazepam. The half life is better suited for 8 or so hours of sleep.
*benzodiazepines are habit forming and should not be used without the advice of your medical practitioner
Seeing how TMH is on the verge of welcoming its 10 millionth visitor, perhaps while in Scotland, Robert could pick up a box of haggis to give as a prize to the lucky(?) individual.
Address to a Haggis
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
The auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect scunner,
Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view
On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll make it whissle;
An legs an arms, an heads will sned,
Like taps o thrissle.
Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis
– Robert Burns (1787)
@ 17 – Flying KLM? My god, you’ll be needing those pills then!
Have a good trip and happy shooting. In my opinion Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and the people, food and whiskey are generally amazing.
You should get some great photography done there as well as at the wedding. If I had known you were going I could have got in touch with a member of my family who was a high ranking politician there ( Lord Provost) and he could have probably got you access to some places that regular folks never get to see if he was available.
It’s a shame it’s such a short trip, you can easily spend a week exploring Edinburgh’s sites.
Bring me the head of an Englishman!
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