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May 16, 2005 - Seoul

Arrived at Seoul Incheon International Airport after 15 hours of flying, 3 horrible movies and the nicest flight attendants I have ever had. I met a doctor from Duke who was on his was to Sydney for a month before opening his own opthamology practice in Atlanta. We had a few Cass(Korean) beers and went our separate ways. Then it was on to Bangkok.

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May 13, 2005 - Our first week in Korea

OUR FIRST EMAIL FROM KOREA WARNING THIS EMAIL IS LONG - I promise they will get shorter but right now everything is still so new we have a lot to talk about. Hope things where ever you are in the world are ok! Rob and I are doing well. Really starting to get over that initial culture shock (though there's still plenty of shocking going on) and really enjoy ourselves. Anyway in a short brief for those that don't have time or don't want to read my essay below - our apartment is ok and will be better, the school is awesome (very organised and...

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Dec 24, 2004 - Christmas Eve in Seoul

The night before I left for Spain, I went to Seoul to do some last minute Christmas shopping and to see my friend Beth. Beth was a teacher here in Gumi when I first arrived, and she is now teaching at an English immersion village in Seoul. Anyway, after settling myself at the hostel, I putted around Insa-dong for a few hours to do my shopping. Insa-dong is a small traditional Korean village right in the heart of Seoul and it is simply fantastic. I love that place. I found some great gifts and pretty much just had a blast with all the...

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BRAZIL!!!

Dec 9, 2004 - Seoul Day 1

December 12 Seoul: A Korean work colleague picked me up at the hotel and took me to the warehouse. We got the work done and did lunch at the Outback. They chose this place in deference to me, which I appreciated. It was cute however, because none of them had ever eaten at one so the menu was totally new to them. It was a switch. They looked like us dumbass Yankees looking at a foreign language menu with unfamiliar dishes on it. My lunch mates were Rachell, DS and another young man who's name escapes me. Korean men are fond of taking on a...

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Dec 8, 2004 - Flying from Shanghai to Seoul

Sometimes things go well; sometimes they don't. Because I am all stuffy and cranky from a cold/sinus infection from Shanghai smog here goes. In China I get to fly China Eastern. They are mostly a 3rd world domestic carrier. From the date of ticket purchase (Nov 3) to fly day, yesterday Dec 8, the flight number and departure time changed. I tried to call them yesterday morning to confirm the flight. They put me through the normal phone tree each time I actually reached a real person the referred me to another number. After 8 numbers I went...

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Nov 15, 2004 - The Incheon Express

I have to do things the hard way, eh? Flying to china would have been a breeze. They have airport shuttles for that sort of thing - throw my luggage into the belly of a bus, belly of the plane, there are trolleys in between. I insist on taking the boat to China - the slow boat none the less. I hope my reasons are obvious. If not we have very different ideas on how to cultivate the depths of our souls and how to build character (all ways are valid) - But my way isn't the easy way. The airport is in Incheon. Its to Seoul what Mississauga is...

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Nov 14, 2004 - Lotte World

...its the West Edmonton mall. It wants to be Disney Land. I went to Lotte World. It semeed like a good diversion for my last few days in Seoul. I checked into the same Love Motel I stayed at when my brother came by in April. For nostalgic reasons, or maybe it was convenient. My first impressions of Lotte World were dissapointing. Its essentially a big fucking mall - like the West Edmonto Mall. Just no head shops and no place where I can get a piercing. But I went skating at Lotte World's indoor skating rink. It was good wholesome fun, it's...

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Nov 5, 2004 - We made it!

Last time I updated this site, I thought we had leaving completely under control - the fact we didn't actually make it to bed that night suggests I was a bit optimistic. We were up all night packing and organizing our affairs so my parents can act on our behalf while we're away - good thing is I think it helped us miss the jet lag! At 6 am Nov 3 we flew to Seattle, then at noon we left for Seoul...11 hours later we landed. With the crazy international date line, we actually arrived about 5 hours after our plane took off, but on the next...

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Sep 20, 2004 - Blowfish

It's been a long time since I've written and I have been both busy and lazy - an excellent combination, if you ask me. Where do I start . . . Well, last Monday, two of my younger students (Grace and Bryan) took me out to dinner with their team to thank me for the editing work I did for the opening ceremonies of the new LG plant. We went to a lovely traditional Korean restaurant that featured Blowfish. Blowfish is a very expensive delicacy here. The fish actually contains a lethal poison and can kill a person the first time he eats it....

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BRAZIL!!!

Jul 17, 2004 - Seoul, South Korea

Ten-hour layover in Seoul turned into a wonderful day. Explored downtown Seoul and even went to Catholic Mass when the rest of the city seemed to be asleep. Nothing like a catholic service in Korean to keep you awake when you are 12 hours off of your normal time zone! After mass at the Myeongdong Cathedral I explored the Namdaemum Market. The Market is similar to every cookie-cutter Chinatown style market selling bags, shirts, bathing suits, and street vendor food. The only difference was that all signs were in Korean which is more similar...

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The Journey

May 21, 2004 - Seoul

You can't buy deoderant in Seoul, except from black-market places near the US military bases. Certain areas like the popular Itaewon bar area are swamped with GIs in the evenings. Most smell like they sold their deoderant. After a few days having it easy with brother Martin showing me round I'm left to my own devices and bravely decide to go and get something to eat. First stop is a Hof, Korean for bar. The menu is all squiggles and no pictures and the only people already eating are having the same barbequed meat thing I've had for the last...

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Nov 4, 2003 - First night in Seoul

We had been waiting in the terminal for a while to get on to the plane. Little did we know that Singapore Airlines was truly worth the wait! When we took off and gained our proper altitude hot towels were given to us. That was only the beginning. The rest of the 11 hour flight felt like it was 3. There was everything from all you can drink and eat to Nintendo and the On-demand programming. Basically it was first class service and amenities in an economy class cabin. We arrived in Inch'on at 4:30pm. Mr Cha (our Korean friend) then took the...

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