I study for my personal trainer certification almost every Saturday at Starbucks. Usually I meet my study friend at the "Itaewon West" location.
In 2001 during my first stay in Korea, cafes were rare. This time however, a new one seems to open every week. In fact, two Starbucks have opened in Itaewon since my arrival in 2007, making a grand total of three!
Post already has two locations of its own. The on-post locations feel American. The off-post ones have Korean touches: green tea scones, no sugar free options, liquid sugar. The Korean ambiance is there: noisy, crowded, hot, and multi-storied. The smokers have their own section, a glass enclosed area with the best view and the most natural light. To use the free internet, one must have a Korean identification number. The Korean Starbucks also have recycling bins for lids, cups, liquids, and everything else: This weekend Eric made a surprise visit:And promptly feel asleep in his chair!