Ah . . .Korea

Ah . . . Korea, the land of hearty food redolent of garlic, public bath houses, cell phones, cherry trees and smog. April turned out to be a lovely time to visit. The weather was primarily good, the trees were blooming all over the place, and it seemed like sometimes we were the only foreigners there. What a treat to spend two weeks wandering around, seeing the beautiful and tumultuous old Korea mix it up with the gadget/technology crazy modern Korea.

My favorite memories include:

  • Our first sight of Joan, Tracy, and Kaden in the elevator;
  • Sleeping on the warm floor of the 500-year old home on sleeping mats;
  • Relaxing in the sun on the porch of the same house;
  • Scrubbing every last speck of dirt off my skin then soaking in the blazing hot water, followed up with a dip in the freezing cold pool;
  • Strolling along the newly day-lighted river in downtown Seoul-it is lit up at night with thousands of tiny white lights;
  • Sipping tea with Halmoni while listening to her memories of the war years and meeting Hadaboji;
  • Tasting all the street vendor food;
  • Exploring the twisty curvy narrow streets;
  • Window shopping in Insadong; and
  • Searching out the cheapest tastiest lattes available.

It was a great trip and the kids loved it too!

Gwen

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