The Volcanoes arrived in Seoul at 1930 (Korea time is an hour ahead) and proceeded by coach to the Guest Residences of Hanyang University in Ansan. It’s a dormitory that looks like a good two-star hotel.
Dinner was at one of the many restaurants on campus: Korean barbecue.
The menu was meat, vegetables, meat, meat and meat. “They probably thought they were going to have a quiet night and then we appear,” Justin says.
The meat disappears quickly.
“Can we have more meat over here!” Michael D calls. “Never mind the vegetables, just bring meat!”
“No more meat,” says the waiter.
“I think they’ve run out of cows.”
“We need to find a McDonald’s, I’m starving,” Justin announces.
“Are you full?” Gaz asks. “I’m still hungry.”
While they hunt for meat I go to my room to file my reports. There’s internet in the rooms for about USD8 a day—but the cable is one of those old fat ones that won’t fit in my Mac! Aaaaargh. So at half-past 12 I trudge to the coffee shop across the street, which is closed but has perpetual wi-fi.
I find Patrice sitting in one of the outdoor tables in the dark, working at his laptop as fast as he can because the battery’s about to run out. And that’s how we conclude Day One of the Volcanoes in Korea: typing in the dark.
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