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Sep 28, 2010 - Clowns Are Creepy!

I have 2 recommendations for those who are thinking about traveling to Asia: 1. Travel with someone who knows the language and preferrably the area. It's made a huge difference so far. 2. Take a tour with the tour bus. At then end of my last post I made the comment that I was going to do some standard island touring. I must say that there has been nothing "standard" whatsoever about this tour. Cyndi and I are continually blown away how each place gets better and better. We woke up again the next day to more clouds and rain. We started by...

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Bald and Beautiful

Sep 28, 2010 - Last Day In Jeju

"We Love That You're Here" is the slogan you see all around Jeju. Well unfortunately, our last day in Jeju finally arrived. We started off with another killer breakfast which included pretty much everything, American and Korean. This morning's breafast was my death-row meal. I would seriously fly back to Jeju just for the breakfast buffet. So our half day tour, before heading to the airport, consisted of climbing up a volcanic mountain, on foot. It was seriously a good 300 stairs, but the morning was perfect and the photos were worth it. By...

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Bald and Beautiful

Sep 26, 2010 - Jeju Island

I do want to point out that Cyndi has been helping me with the daunting task of keeping up with this journal. She's been great help taking pictures and giving me ideas about what to write about. Just want to let it be known that even though I'm writing this, she's still here :) So today was a busy one and I didn't get to the computer all day. When you're on a guided tour, there's not much freedom, and you're more like cattle. So Cheju and Jeju Island are interchangeable, so don't get confused if you see one replaced with the other on maps...

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Sep 26, 2010 - Steve Kwak

Steve Kwak is Cyndi's dad. I have dedicated a special post to this man because I absolutely love him! I have never seen a man so excited to eat Korean food literally everytime he sits down to eat. Without being here to witness it, I'll have to try and create a crude analogy for you to understand. It's like this guy has been locked on a deserted island and fed nothing but cheeseburgers for the past year, and everytime we sit down and get served, it's like his first meal back. The noises he makes is the same that a person will make when they...

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Sep 26, 2010 - Wash That Tush

Quick note about the hotel. Well, the accomodations definitely don't suck, and like other Korean households, our bathroom has an electronic toilet. The toilet includes seat heater and bidet w/ varying intensity of they spray. The button for the bidet is a picture of a butt, represented by a 'W' with a dotted line going into the middle of the 'W', which I find hilarious! Well, I was afraid to use it and not only had to ask Cyndi how to use it, but in what order do I do my business, flush, etc. Well after pushing the button, I was laughing...

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Mar 8, 2007 - At Sea

A typical sea day which started with Mah Jongg for Gretchen and bridge lessons for Bob. Gretchen was feeling pain on the back of her right leg, perhaps from all the walking in Osaka, so she skipped dance lessons. Bob attended tango lessons and we then went to lunch at the main dining room. We worked on our pictures, diary and emails, Bob went to the gym and we met Michael and Sis for champagne at the Champagne Bar before formal dinner. We really enjoy Michael and Sis and wonder about their future. He lives in Cyprus and London and is really...

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Jan 5, 2006 - Snow in sub-Tropical Korea (and tire chains)

At the southernmost point in Korea, we woke up to a light coating of snow. In Japan, the coast along the Sea of Japan, or to be politically correct in Korea, the Eastern Sea has been clobbered with snow. We had made arrangements to rent a car for the day before flying back to Seoul. We were going to travel around the western end of the island. Well at one point, even though we were sticking pretty close to the coast, it had been warm enough and then refrozen to make the road pretty slick. After sliding around a bit and looking at going down...

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Jun 27, 2005 - Je-Ju Island

Hello everybody back in the States! I just returned from a weekend trip to Je-Ju Island, which is a sub-tropical island off the southern coast of Korea. I went with my friend Drew and two women from Canada(Brenda and Carie). We all met at the airport on Saturday morning and took off on our little weekend adventure. We stayed in the resort town of Jung-mun. It was very nice but a little pricey. The beach was the place to be though. It is supposed to be one of the nicest in Korea(pictures). We stayed out on the beach for most of the day...

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May 29, 2005 - Jeju Island

... laterJeju-do is an Island in the South Korean Sea quite near the mainland. It's the most popular honeymoon spot for Koreans (probably because only 5 countries exist in the minds of Koreans: Korea, USA, Japan, China and the UK). They call Jeju-do the Hawaii of Korea. I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree. Not that it wasn't beautiful, it just definitely wasn't anything like Hawaii. On the Friday after Oscar arrived in Korea, he and I had lunch with my student William at this really fantastic traditional restaurant. (Oscar hated...

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BRAZIL!!!

Oct 26, 2004 - Todd and Amanda on Cheju-Do - Korea's 'Hawaii'

"Korea's Hawaii" scream marketing directors. It's not Hawaii. It's Cheju-Do; exactly how I imagined Korea's tourist destination to be. The people are friendly; the scenery is spectacular and all the typical trappings of tourism. It never felt like I had left Korea. Hawaii is light years away from the U.S in terms of mentality, attitude and culture. It's essentially a different country. Cheju-Do is 'Korea Lite'. If you want to experience Korea without jumping off the diving board into deep end Cheju-Do is your kind of place. For those of in...

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