Friday, September 11, 2009

Farewell, Korea

Today I head home. I'm thrilled to be seeing my family in a mere 24 hours or so. Korea has been great fun; the sights, sounds, and smells of this land have sealed us BFF's. Thanks for a great trip, girls!

(This is at Seoul Tower overlooking the city. The fence is covered in locks that people place there to "lock in" their love and commitment to each other. Interesting.)
Thanks also to Darin, Henry, George, Ruby and Jane for sharing so much of their wife/mom with us for nearly an entire week! This adventure was way better than any spa week.

Many more details to come of the adventures. For now I need to pack up.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Seoul Grand Park

On our first full day here we celebrated the American Labor Day holiday by visiting Seoul Grand Park with Annee's family and some other families from the base.

Their "Grand Park" offered rose gardens, petting zoos (featuring animals with odd hair cuts), a dolphin show and a complete zoo, among many other thing. It was fascinating and very clean.

The weather started out a bit rainy but as luck would have it, as soon as we purchased ponchos to protect from the rain, it cleared up. I'll take a 3 ounce poncho for 2000 won and clear skies any day! (The exchange rate is about $1 to 1200 won.) It was the perfect introduction to a city that has been coined "not quite right" by Americans.

I ordered a traditional Korean lunch item call bibimbap. It was completely delicious with white rice, fresh vegetables, a little seaweed and a fried egg. So yummy.

It's been fun to see how the Koreans love little blond Ruby and Jane and how friendly they are to foreigners. It's a great adventure.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Lori and I made it to exotic, wonderful Korea. The trip was long but rather uneventful and a nice time to unwind.

Halfway through the flight it seemed much longer...

Finally we arrived to discover that Korea is a very quiet country. In spite of the large number of people, we were the only two talking and laughing...What can we say? We're finding joy in the journey.

Dr. Fish got a hold of my feet and it was a super ticklish experience. Unfortunately, I don't think the callouses are gone. I might have to spend a year or so here, with my feet in the water, to see that result. The fish definitely seemed to have a great meal though.

Kim chi is delicious. You would love it, Ben.

Bul Go Gi and all its side dishes from Sam Il is also delicious.

Korea is exciting and wonderful. More to come...