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Nov 14, 2014 - Seoul

Seoul Fri 14th Nov. Clear sky, chilly. Started out early this morning, out the door at 08:30. I took the subway to Anguk station and walked 250m to Changdeokgung Palace. At the ticket office I traded my pre-purchased voucher for a ticket on the 11:30 English tour of the Secret Garden. Changdeokgung Palace was built in 1405, is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and with the adjoining 78 acre Secret Garden is the most popular. The palace is best explored by entering every gate until you reach a turn or dead end, then retrace your steps and go...

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Nov 13, 2014 - Seoul

Seoul Thu 13th Nov. It's 17:30 and dusk so I head off to Cheonggyecheon Stream, there is a lantern display which was impressive in the daylight this morning, so should be good with lights on. I am not disappointed. There are traffic controllers directing the crowd along a one-way route for the display, which stretches along about half the 3.4km length of the stream. The displays are quite spectacular in their setting a few metres below street level. I walked back to Myeongdong through the night markets set up in the side streets, which are...

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Nov 13, 2014 - Seoul

Seoul Thu 13th Nov. Clear sky, cold wind 1°C Up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed at 09:30. Out the door at 11:00 to see some sights. Easy walk to City Hall, thence to Cheonggyecheon Stream, great spot. http://www.everytrail.com/guide/seoul-a-photographers-tour-of-the-city. Autumn colour is everywhere, so is the chill wind. Plenty of coffee shops to warm up the bones. I stopped at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for a latte and a chicken & cheese sandwich, KW8,500. Seoul's not cheap but it's really worth a visit in November, when it's a photographer's...

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Nov 12, 2014 - Seoul

Seoul Wed 12th Nov. Sunny and Cold! I liked Korean Air, I had two seats to myself and the service was great. Breakfast was quite good for economy class. The airline staff are organised, friendly, and efficient. After a quick passage through customs & immigration I took the Arex express to Seoul station(big discount for korean air boarding pass holders), then a taxi to my hotel. Train KW6,900 + taxi 3,900 = A$11. Not bad at all. On the journey in I quickly realised this is a whole different modern world. Large expressways with cars and...

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Nov 8, 2014 - Incheon, Korea

Warm water jets to the Khyber region and warm toilet seats is what we are having fun with today. We are at the Songdo Bridge Hotel in Incheon as guests of Korean Airlines and to get us to that destination from Incheon airport they drove us over one of the longest bridges that I have ever been on---it is 21.38 kilometres long and is the world's 7th longest cable-stayed bridge and it joins the island where the airport is situated to the mainland. We have only done 1/4 of this return flight and up to now Korean Airways is not on the top of our...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Oct 21, 2014 - Unexpected Change in Plans

Just a short note: Late in the eve of October 21st, Tim suffered from an Aortic Dissection but luckily fate had other plans and ultimately, due to heroic efforts by all concerned, especially Prof. Kim, the surgeon who performed the 9+ hour operation, I survived. Bonnie and I stayed on for 5 weeks, myself recuperating in the Seoul University Hospital for 4 of them. We flew home thanks to the mighty generous help of our friends, Lys and Dan Burden. In Jan. we drove to Baja until spring warmth returned to Missoula where we have resided until...

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Oct 20, 2014 - Gongju to Seoul

10/20 From Gongju: First time since arriving in Korea that we are experiencing rain in a big way. Taxi to bus station then tickets and 10 minutes later we're on our way. Noon we arrive in Seoul @ express bus station then spend the next 4 hours finding a place to stay! Lucky for us they have a great subway system and easy to understand directions. End up in Bee Won Guesthouse after checking out 4 other areas of the city! Nice gal, Agnes, gives us a deal for 3 of our nights but as of now no room for 4th night...we'll see if someone...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Seoul 5 - DMZ

Another one of those 48 hour marathons. Unbelievable how much can happen in one sleep. Woke up the crack of dawn this day to go up to the border of north and south Korea. As a history buff this was a must, even if it was a bit expensive. Plus I got to see the countryside away from Seoul/Incheon. The drive took 1 hour north (relatively close), it took us around rolling hills and over rivers lined with apartment buildings, then small traditional houses. We starting driving along this one larger river and I noticed the other side looked a bit...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Sep 22, 2014 - Incheon - The Cheap Olympics

My energy was down from the last few days still. Today I had the bold plan of seeing a bunch of events from the Asian Games. Instead of the 3 events planned to see, I narrowed it down to one. I really had to see international Handball in action. If I had the choice again, I would've stayed an extra few days in Korea just for these games...the prices to see the events are absurdly cheap. For 10$ I showed up at the handball stadium and got to see an entire day of matches. Initially inside the stadium it was iced cold with almost no...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Sep 21, 2014 - Seoul 4 - Gagnam Style

Needless to say it was another late wake up again. Very late. With whatever was left in the day I wanted to see the olympic park from the 1988 games. After the daily 'lost underground in Seoul', I ascend to the magnificent park. Really impressive green meadows, and wide pathways with families and kids everywhere. Almost all the kids are on bikes, scooters, mini cars (that are Hyundais)..it's like theyre training early for Thailand driving or something. It was an ordeal not to get hit by all the bikes, but otherwise cool to look at the...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Sep 20, 2014 - Seoul 3 - Longest Day

These are one of the days that stand out. How do you see a mega-city in a single day? Ling our Chinese friend, and an American friend we meet Ilya, are leaving korea and have to see everything. I take it to map the route and and we run with it. Over maybe 15km we saw the huge Gyeong Palace, walked the traditional village of Bukhon. Then we saw the amazing architecture of downtown, with city hall square and a festival occurring at the same time. Next we ate fresh fruit at the Nam market, maybe one of the most crowded I saw in Asia. Finally...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Sep 19, 2014 - Seoul 2 - The Games Begin

* A note* Over the last 2 weeks of my trip i really slacked at my blog. It wasnt pure laziness. It was possibly the most jam packed, exhausting, and fun 2 weeks of my life. On one hand I had to just enjoy it, and second, it had to be written the right way..back to journal - * Well the motivation weaned today, I woke up 3 in the afternoon. I didn't start walking out the door until 4, unsure of what to expect. Then the kind of thing happens, which just makes travelling epic, something that doesn't happen in real-life. I meet this Young...

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