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Hotel California Seoul Korea

2008-09-25 17:03:00

Hotel California Seoul Korea
“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
- The Eagles Rock Group

Seoul, South Korea
Friday, September 26, 2008
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It is very easy to get caught inside a Hostel in Seoul, South Korea, it is like an addiction you do not realize you have acquired. We live in an aquarium here in Seoul the Korean people look in, and we look out, however it all through a thick layer of cultural glass, there is no touching.

Once per day the residents of the Hostel feel obliged to walk around and make a futile attempt to do something touristy.

A groups was going to the bar last night, and one fellow said,
“we are going to walk to something close?”

Everyone understand, we cannot go far away or we would have trouble finding our way back to the Hostel. The level of communication between the locals and the tourist in this country is at an all time low in the world, there seems to be no desire for social interaction from either side. We are really here to just look a them, and allow them to look at us.

Therefore we can never leave the nest of our culture, when people check out, they leave the country. They only people moving around are people who have met a Korean in another country and came to visit. People have a guide or they do not go visit Korea, there is no wondering around except by walking.

I have decided to just hang around in the Hostel until the September 30 when my plane leaves for Japan. I will just walk around and look at them, I cannot be bothered on a planet with 242 countries to force the play in one country to make friends.

“The song's lyrics describe the title establishment as a luxury resort where "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." On the surface, the song tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish hotel that at first appeared inviting and tempting. The song is generally understood to be an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction in the Southern California music industry of the late 1970s; Don Henley called it "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles and later reiterated it is basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.

Hotel California Seoul Korea