My first apartment in Seoul was smack up against the garrison’s wall in Haebangchon. I wanted to get on the base for one thing Taco Bell. It wasn’t until May 2008 that I was able to convince a friend with a base pass to bring me on post. We dined a little more upscale that night at the Oasis Mexican buffet restaurant at Dragon Hill Lodge. It was a month later that another friend finally brought me to the Bell in north post. At the time, for a civilian, non-base pass holder, Seoul had a limited selection of Mexican restaurants. To me, going on base was an opportunity to indulge in this type of American fast food. However, this all changed in 2010 when Taco Bell opened in Itaewon and has since branched out all over the city. I’ll never forget the thrill I felt during my first visits to the Yongsan Garrison.