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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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2015 Asia Adventure

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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2015 Asia Adventure

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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East Asia 2015

May 21, 2015 - Seoul, South Korea

Pete's contract ended up in Seoul this time, although this was not a turnaround day for the ship. Strict rules for China make it against the law for an American to sign off the ship in a Chinese port and, since the Voyager's next port was Tianjin, China, any of the Americans who were leaving had to leave now. There were some complications in the immigration operation and the Port Officer ended up driving the 9 people who were signing off the ship to a Ferry Boat landing which had immigration services. Once their paperwork was processed,...

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Mar 22, 2015 - Winging our way Home

Barb and I are in the midst of the long way home. We had a rather unpleasant leg from Ho Chi Minh City to Incheon, Korea; left at midnight, got in at 6 am. A long layover of 12 hours in Incheon seemed daunting, so we sprang for an in-airport hotel for 12 hours; and laying down and actually sleeping seemed like heaven!!! We now feel human again, showered and rested, and are getting ready to check out the airport offerings prior to our 6 pm flight back to Seattle. Through the miracle of chronological timekeeping forces, we will arrive in...

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Dec 30, 2014 - Seoul

I revived an old habit of trying to go somewhere new each year for the New Year and when BA released a very good offer in November I chose a trip to Seoul. I hadn't originally figured on just how cold it was going to be be but thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I didn't manage to find a firework display to herald in the New Year but figure that it might have been a bit chilly at midnight outside anyway. I really wanted to get a bike ride in and had researched that the city does have a cycle hire scheme and a good cycle path along the river. I...

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Dec 13, 2014 - Seoul For 1 1/2 hours??

Sat. 13 Dec.2014 Weather:-2 Degrees/Snow Seoul 17:25 Layover 2:10h Seoul 19:35 Flight Time to Brisbane 9:45h As we descended into Seoul we could see that a lot of it was blanketed with snow with bands of it still laying on the sides of the runways. In the airport I have had to take my jumper of again as the inside temperature via the air-conditioning must be about 19 degrees. We only have 30 min to wait before boarding then we are on our last leg to HOME—I took a sleeping pill on the first leg courtesy of the Ship’s Doctor so “I remember...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Nov 28, 2014 - Hospital staff and stuff

This was my last official visit to the hospital...the folks here were terrific... In Korea after the war the government required all citizens to have at least two names, until then, many Koreans just went by one. Because it was easy, I guess, many...as many as 70% took the last name of Kim. Thus, there were at least 3 Dr. Kims who saw me, and the surgeon who saved my life was Professor Kim...a doctor but with the added prestige of being a teacher all referred to him as 'Professor Kim'! Unfortunately, I got no photos of him!

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Nov 22, 2014 - Finally out of hospital and walking around Seoul

11-22-14 Walking Shopping Street Itaewon With Bon's help and encouragement, I finally got myself up and out of the hostel for a walk to the nearby shopping district...see photos.

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