Saturday, June 24, 2006

Post World Cup

Korea has been knocked out of the World Cup. A nationwide wave of depression has not come to pass.

I get the feeling a sizable percentage of the Korean fans staying up until 4am to cheer for their country's team are not huge soccer fans - and they're not even hyper-nationalistic Korea zealots that some of the more cynical expats here imagine Koreans to be. They're just interested in having a good time - and the World Cup is an excuse to let loose and party. Walking through Jongno last night at 10 o'clock, among the crowds of boisterous, happy people clad in red, it looked like maybe not one person in ten was over 30.

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