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Trip Start Oct 02, 2011
13Trip End Nov 03, 2011
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I'm very excited about this! Although I love traveling and have been fortunate enough to see lots of wonderful places in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, I've yet to make it off the continent. This will be my first time!
So far our preparation has included:
Renewing our expired and maiden name passports
His: renewed in less than 1 week
Mine: 6 weeks, including 3 weeks waiting for a certified marriage license copy
Researching travel shows, blogs and books
I'm ashamed to admit, most of my knowledge about Korea was from MASH reruns. I'm not sure I've supplemented sufficiently with with various travel and food network TV episodes, but I do feel I know a bit more now. And in my defense, a co-worker asked me if it would be possible for me to drive from South Korea to Singapore during my visit, so I don't feel like I'm the only person geographically challenged. : )
I'm trying to convince my husband a tour of the DMZ is perfectly safe, but he is skeptical.
Purchasing a really large suitcase
Unlike weekend road trips in our limited-trunk-space car, 4 weeks in a foreign country is no time for Spartan like packing!
Attempting to learn a few Korean phrases using through various language software and ebooks.
The language software is interesting, but so far hasn't covered the basics like how to say: Hello, Goodbye, Thank you, Where is the bathroom?. However, if there are any children running, eating, or drinking water or juice, I'm now quite confident in my abilities to announce it.
Much more importantly, I have learned the written and spoken word for dog, so I should be able to recognize and avoid it on any menus. Next up, shark fin soup!
Scope out the new digs
We just learned that we'll be staying in Suwon, which is 20 miles south of Seoul. We'll be staying in a hotel, which alleviates my concerns about having to navigate a grocery or laundry mat.
Suwon is the only remaining completely walled city in South Korea. (Even if we don't make it to the DMZ we are definitely touring this!!!)
Suwon is also a major educational center, being home to 14 university campuses. (I'm hoping this means lots of English speakers who will show mercy to my pitiful attempts at speaking Korean! : )