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Jun 17, 2014 - never give up

As soon as we stepped off the ship in Busan, it felt like we had gotten a shot of adrenaline. We’ve been traveling along the less developed western coast of Japan visiting smaller cities with elbow room between them. Busan is a city of four million wedged up against mountains. The city’s population burgeoned after the Korean War as refugees streamed south. There was nowhere to put them all and people built little shacks with whatever they could find on the hillsides. Today there are no more shacks, but people are living cheek to jowl in...

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Jun 7, 2014 - Busan, South Korea

Pete spent a little time in Busan, mostly getting something to eat and finding a place to access wifi. He and Hannah had Korean BBQ for supper, which they were able to do because they were in port late for a change. The ship is making repeated trips to the South Korean islands for the nest week or so. The routine is pretty much the same all the time and they are not playing much because of the Amway chartered cruise.

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Jun 2, 2014 - Busan, South Korea

Pete checked in a couple of times from Busan. They had a long day in town because they didn't have to be back on the ship until 11:00 PM. Pete and his friends Holbrook, Hannah, and Nick visited Dunkin' Donuts. They walked around on the International Film Festival Street, and they visited a mall. In addition to the doughnuts, they ate pizza and they also went to a restaurant for Korean BBQ, which is where you purchase raw meat and grill it yourself at a small grill at your table. Spicy side dishes are served to compliment the meat. They are...

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May 25, 2014 - Busan, South Korea

Pete's second visit to Busan was fairly uneventful. Because of limited performance responsibilities on the ship, he was able to spend some time in the city, getting something to eat and shopping. The weather there is pleasant now, with high temperatures in the upper 60's. Pete was surprised when we reminded him that it was race day. He said there had been no mention of the race on the ESPN they have access to on the ship. However, he had heard plenty about the poor Pacer's performance!

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Apr 23, 2014 - Busan, South Korea

Pete checked in from Busan (also spelled Pusan) and things are going well. Busan is less vacation-like than Jeju and, while he said Jeju was like Hawaii in many ways, he described Busan as an "Asian Bloomington." He and his friends visited an underground mall, as well as as a huge fish market where they saw fresh items for sale such as crab that were huge, giant stingrays, sea urchins, lobster with claws bigger than his hands, sea cucumbers, and all kinds of fish/shellfish. They went to a restaurant and had fresh fish for lunch (be sure to...

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Jul 31, 2013 - Day 3 Busan

Day two began with a trip to one of the many, many coffee shops in Busan (not unlike Choelsan or Seoul): "angel - in - us" coffee. As in most cases, Katie did all of the talking and had to use her dictionary to look up "soy" for my late. We enjoyed our coffee while reading on the balcony over looking the water before heading down to relax on the beach. After a few hours on the beach, we decided to head to the Haeundae beach area for further exploration. We first took a crazy bus ride (I could barely keep from falling over) from Gwangali to...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Day 2 Busan

After a quick run on the track outside Katie's apartment, making peanut butter sandwiches, and traversing through Seoul on the subway, we ran (literally) onto the the KTX train to Busan. We had a few hours to talk and catch up before arriving in Busan and heading to our hotel. We spent some time exploring Gwangali Beach in the fog before dinner. Then we spent some more time disagreeing where to eat (I wanted crab!) before settling on a delicious Italian restaurant. After dinner we took another stroll to see the beach lit up for night.

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Apr 29, 2012 - Busan, South Korea

The port call in Busan was for a partial day only, sailing again at 2 o’clock to make the long run to Tianjin, the port for Beijing. Many people stayed on board but we decided to take a short tour to get a feel for the city. Immigration formalities were simple here. Busan, formerly Pusan, is the second largest city in South Korea. It’s an important port city evidenced by the masts, cranes, and high rise buildings. The draw here seems to be the beaches, seascapes and historical sites. We toured the Haedong Yongguangsa Temple, unsual in its...

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Our Oriental Odyssey

Mar 24, 2012 - I did It!!!

I arrived safety in Busan, Korea around 10:00pm Saturday night. Erin was waiting for me at the airport. (That made me recall a time over twenty years ago, Greg and I were living in Las Vegas. Erin, just five or six years old took her first solo flight from Baltimore to LV to visit us. Back then, it was Greg, Elnora and I waiting at the airport for Erin's arrival. Erin has always been very brave and outgoing.) After a short taxis ride downtown, Erin and I checked in at the W motel,(Nice place, I love the heated bidet. The seat is heated as...

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Mar 24, 2012 - Our First Full Day Together

I arrived safety in Busan, Korea around 10:00pm Saturday night. Erin was waiting for me at the airport. (That made me recall a time over twenty years ago, Greg and I were living in Las Vegas. Erin, just five or six years old took her first solo flight from Baltimore to LV to visit us. It was Greg, Elnora and I waiting at the airport for her arrival. Erin has always been very brave and outgoing.) After a short taxis ride downtown, Erin and I checked in at the W motel (Nice place, I love the heated bidet. The seat is heated as well as the...

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Oct 1, 2011 - Busan

Sept 28 - Today I leave Japan for South Korea, I am in the port city of Hakata and have to take a ferry to Busan. After taking a bus to the terminal, I was able to get a ticket for the soonest ferry no problems. This ferry was like a mini cruise ship. I was assigned a shared room, with cot and blankets for napping. It had a few restaurants for eating, a Japanese style bath, and even karaoke rooms. The trip was about 5 hours, I spent the last hour at the front taking the view as we approached port. As we got near, I could feel South Korea...

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Sep 14, 2011 - Busan (Pusan)

Well, it's been about a month since I last updated my blog so I decided to make some time for it today. Busan (often called Pusan by the locals) was my first introduction to South Korea and it was a lot of fun. I ended up staying in a really nice high-rise apartment that had been converted into a hostel. The guy who owned it really loved to party and went out every night with us and introduced us to local food and lots of fools-ball :-). I went out most nights and it was crazy. Bars don't seem to close like they do back home so people would...

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