University of Alberta

This is where I went to university. Yes, I took computer science 201 in that tepee.

The cafeteria sends me on flashbacks to my distant youth when my dad worked on campus.

It's a trap!

Between the business building and the Tory building.

Other way looking back.

This used to be called the Bottleneck and was still a Korean restaurant. Must've changed owners.

A closer look at the menu. A lot of these I could only guess the original Korean names.

Assuming "Bulgagi Burger" is "Bulgogi" not "Bulgalbi," I'm surprised how much Japanese food is on the menu.

HUB Mall.

What is that on the wall on the right? It always made me look twice; I can't believe it's still there.

When I used to study or write at the university, I'd always go to the ledge up on the right.

The bus stop, at which my strongest two memories are there being a bomb threat and seeing a female bus driver with such a thick moustache it was clear she'd given up on hiding it and was grooming it.


What's going on here?

I went to see Korean Ambassador to Canada Cho Hee-yong give a speech on Korea-Canada relations. They handed me a folder of information about Hallyu on the way in, and I was afraid that was what the lecture was going to be about, but it turned out to be a well-thought-out lecture about Korea and Canada in the past, present, and future.

And it's a bit unfortunate there's a poster right behind him that says "That's so gay."

A group photo after with some of the Korean community leaders in Edmonton. The girl on the right turned out to be taking the same flight as me to Korea.

I don't like how I formatted the colours on this photo.

Unfortunately this picture of me with the ambassador was out of focus.

I chose this Korean restaurant because I was curious to see how Korean food had been adapted to this setting. I also saw reviews that while the menu wasn't great, people reported seeing the family that owned it eating great food they didn't know.

My friend got bibimbap. The meal here came with free kimchi and bean sprouts, which is rare in Edmonton. It seems Canadians especially favour bean sprouts, which I think are actually a bit better over there.

I got Gaya bulgogi or something like that, which had a special sauce that I thought more closely resembled a weak version of jaeyook bokkeum.

Expectedly, they gave us a spoon and chopsticks -- albeit wooden chopsticks -- but most Canadians would prefer to eat food like this with the chopsticks rather than the spoon.

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Copyright Daehanmindecline 2013