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May 28, 2016 - South Korea

에 오신 것을 환영합니다 우리의 한국 일기. 당신이 볼 수 있던대로에 의해 이러한 문자하는 것이 조금 어렵습니다를 해결하기. 다행히 우리를 위해, 어떤 사람들은 영어를하거나 동정에 몇 가지의 "노인"찾고있다 혼동! Welcome to our Korea journal. As you can see by these characters, it is a little harder to get around. Luckily for us, some people speak English or take pity on a couple of "seniors" looking confused! Korea was a pleasant surprise after Indonesia and Philipines. Here everything is very clean, no rubbish lying around, buses depart precisely on time (don't wait until they are full!). Seoul has an amazing network of about 20...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Going to Seoul at last

The snowstorm continued thru the day on Sunday. At about 2:00, I decided to get a hotel. Found a place on Booking.com and ran out into the cold a snow to catch a taxi. What I found was a long line waiting for the drizzle of taxis arriving and departing the airport. I wrapped my scarf around my face and stood as close to the other travelers as I thought I could without being labeled a freak. The wind was bitter cold and unrelenting. I decided to guess how many taxis would come before I got one. Fifteen, I decided. Counting as the cabs pulled...

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PK Round Korea

Jan 18, 2016 - Seoul

Seoul I remember nothing from my flight from Narita to Seoul. I got on board, sat down, and went to sleep. I woke up once, asked for a drink of water, then went right back to sleep. There was a bit of a line at immigration, but my bag was waiting after I got my passport stamped. Just outside the door, Sang and Pastor Chung were waiting for me. Chung doesn't speak much English, but was really kind. We loaded into his car and started out. It was so good to see Sang. He is encouraging and committed, a fast friend. He misses America, but is...

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PK Round Korea

Oct 30, 2015 - Korea finally

Sorry the previous entry was rather rushed so here is a little more . Korea seems a very polite society with a good sense of their history and in particular of the Japanese occupation from 1910-45. . Very modern buildings in the main which is understandable given that so much was destroyed during the war. According to our guide older people maintain resentment towards Japan but the young are not too concerned. She says the economy is bad and it can be hard to get a job, although I think she said unemployment is only about 3% I have never...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Canceled flights and customs frights

Well I awoke on my “last day” in Seoul to an email notification that my flight had been canceled due to weather……..cue panic attack! And confusion at the sunny clear sky outside? After a crazy mad dash to the airport to find out it had in fact been canceled due to weather at my layover destination, Narita Tokyo airport, and almost 2 hours spent in line to get to speak to an airline employee I have one more night in Seoul! Yep no flights until the next day! SOOOO are we sleeping at Inchon? Nope! Called my amazing hotel and told them what...

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2015 Asia Adventure

Aug 15, 2015 - Last day in Seoul

Day 3 in Seoul was all about the food! Not that the rest of the trip hasn’t been lol but being we had checked off my whole “to do” list today I was at the mercy of Gil! We started out the day hiking to the Jongmyo Shrine near my hotel. It was beautiful and peaceful. On the way we happened upon a beautiful temple and went in for a few moments to observe prayer. The Shine was like a park with some of the more impressive buildings I have ever seen. I really felt like I had gone back in time, or at least to a movie set. Either way we spent a...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Seoul day 2

Day two in Seoul started out with crapes…..filled with cream and mango!!!! *drool* The food here…….anyway! We walked the streets of Jongro working our way back toward Namsan. Once we got to Naman…..well more food DUH! I am not sure how I will live without Gimbap ever again. It’s like the more perfect street food ever! It’s like sushi but with sandwich fillings or veggies or kimchi inside, all wrapped in rice and seaweed paper. It’s truly perfect! But I digress….once we got to Namsan it was time to be tourists at Namsan Hanok Village. It’s...

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Aug 13, 2015 - At home in Seoul

Seoul…..I don’t have enough amazing things to say about this city and my time here, except that I can’t wait to go back! My amazing guide/babysitter/friend Gil spent 3 days helping me fall in love with this city!!! I have determined my favorite thing about traveling and visiting another place is walking, walking and seeing as much of a place as I can. Palaces, shrines, attractions are all well and good and beautiful to see. But walking the streets next to the people who live there, that is truly where the beauty lies. And Seoul is...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Seoul

I am tired, but it is a good tired. Today, my friends Sangwon and Diane took me all over Seoul. It was so much fun. We started with the Imperial Palace in Downtown. We took the subway, about an hour's ride and one line change. The palace was built for the last Korean dynasty which only ended when Korea was overrun by the Japanese in the early part of the 20th Century. Most of the palace was destroyed by the Japanese, so the palace is actually a reconstruction, but it is a striking place. I got a little too intrigued with the traditional...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Seoul, Church, Sang and Diane

Arrived in Seoul as planned. OK, can we talk? I mean, everyone in the whole stinking world? When you get off the plane and haven't been able to use your cell phone, I get that you want to catch up with your texts, calls, Twitter feed, Snap Chats, Facebook messages, voice messages, Instagram pictures, and whatever else you have loaded on your phone. By all means, find a seat in the airport and catch up. Your bag will wait. Whoever is picking you up will wait. You have time to make your connection. Grab a latte and catch up with all of your...

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Jul 4, 2015 - Last Stop Seoul

So, I've finished a cruise on the Baltic Sea with stops in Sweden, Russia, Estonia, and Finland. I've roamed Denmark by car. I've spent several days with my much loved friends Joel and Sarah Sjovell in Sweden. I've roamed the wats of Bangkok with Tyler Hoyt. We saw the Angkor Wat, a site I've wanted to see for years. I took in the Killing Fields iin Phnom Penh and traveled to Ho Chi Minh City for my first stop in Vietnam. I visited Tagaytay once more with Raymond and some of his youth ministry leaders. Tyler seemed to enjoy seeing the Taal...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Seoul - Travel in the Time of MERS

Yes. I suppose you're not surprised that I'm on the road again and traveling to a part of the world currently facing a health crisis. What was I thinking? The reality is that, despite scary news alerts, the MERS epidemic isn't very widespread and the likelihood of being infected is minimal. However, it has served to keep a lot of people off the streets here. Most of the rest of us just go about as normal. Which means that about 15-20% of us are wearing masks. Seoul is a modern city of more than 10 million. Korea is the world's 13th largest...

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