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Nov 19, 2017 - Brisbane to Fukuoka

Brisbane to Fukuoka(Tenjin) Sun 19th Brisbane 24.1°C, rainy. Fukuoka 7.8°C, cloudy. Planned to leave home at 5:00am for early check-in at 5:25, taxi created a panic by coming 15min early. Good timing though, breezed through check-in, we were the third group in line as KAL opened the counters. Flight to Seoul was good, Korean Air are efficient, comfortable, reliable. Good entertainment system on the A330. 10hr flight, brunch (choice of three), French wine, real cutlery. Dinner (choice of 3), snacks and drinks served between meals, all this...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Scenes from Seoul

We spent a morning at Yonsei University on a wonderful tour given by Fred's cousins Peter. We learned a lot of the family's fascinating history since their great-grandfather came to Korea and founded the university. Since then their grandparents, uncles and aunts have served as missionaries, their great-aunt was the queen's physician and another aunt who founded an orphanage among many other things was murdered by a North Korean terrorist. We took the subway to visit several parts of Seoul, including the Night Market and were treated to the...

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Oct 10, 2016 - Seoul, Korea stop...airport security line

In the line to go through security we met the Thailand Women's Ice Hockey team! See photo...I told them I'd recruit fans, so anyone out there who doesn't support a team I encourage you to follow these gals, ha! They were just returning from a tournament in MX city, of all places! They said the MX women were really good-practice in US and some are professionals...

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India One More Time

Jun 27, 2016 - WOOFing No. 7, Ingilsen, Korea

Our final WOOFing venture in Korea has been on a chicken farm south east of Seoul. We travelled by Metro for an hour to reach Ungilsen station. Byung Su and Eun Ha have about 4,500 laying hens plus about 1,000 month old chicks. They are kept in greenhouses covered with black net which have been made into chicken houses. Apparently it is difficult to get a building permit to construct a chicken house, but permits are not required for greenhouses. Our main job was to collect the 2,000 - 3,000 eggs each day. We did a morning pick up and then...

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Jun 23, 2016 - Trip to South Korea

For about a year, I had been planning this trip to South Korea to attend Rotary's annual international convention in Seoul when the earthquake struck in Ecuador last April 16. I really enjoy the conventions in a different great city each year joining with Rotarians from all over the world where we share ideas about projects across the spectrum of service to humanity and enjoy each other's company in a spirit of world brotherhood and sisterhood. One always makes new friends and renews ties with others in an atmosphere where several languages...

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Going Down the Road

Jun 16, 2016 - DMZ visit

We did a day trip to the Demilitarized Zone only about an hour north of Seoul. If, like me, your history is a bit shakey, read on. Otherwise skip it! Japan had occupied Korea since 1910 and there are graphic accounts and photos that we saw in the Mokpo museum of the terrible life Koreans had under Japanese rule. When Japan surrendered in 1945 at the end of Pacific War, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel line when the US and the Soviet Union moved into the Korean Peninsula. The division line was intended to be a temporary political...

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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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2015 Asia Adventure

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