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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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Feb 2, 2015 - Seoul (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Our flight left Seattle at 1:00pm so we were able to have a lazy morning at our hotel and take the shuttle to the airport. We’d used our Aeroplan points to book business-class seats so we went a little early to enjoy the Centurion Lounge at the airport. This was our first time flying on Asiana Airlines so we kept our fingers crossed that the plane would be comfortable and the food delicious. We certainly weren’t disappointed – the Koreans know how to provide great comfort and they know how to prepare delicious...

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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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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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