11 Around Seoul

Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
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Trip End Sep 30, 2012


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Where I stayed
Aaron & Sue's Place

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Friday, July 20, 2012


My
flight from Toronto to Incheon via Vancouver on 2012-07-11 went
without a hitch; arrived in Seoul tired since I didn't sleep plus
lost a day. I went directly from the airport to city hall to witness,
with Sue's mum, the paper wedding (like getting a marriage licence).
Afterwards we went for beer plus BBQ eel with rice noodles before
crashing by 21:00 (up for about 35 hours).

Aaron
had landed in Korea from India the day before I arrived and had
already been measured up for his suit. Their new (literally)
mini-apartment is really nice; their balcony is bigger than either of
their two rooms.

Sue
checked on a short package tour to "the wall" for me --
twas my fault (world affairs stupidity), one can only enter
China by getting a visa in your home country so I will definitely be
returning sometime in the future. On the plus side, monsoons closed
Beijing airport due to flooding so I might have missed the wedding.
Today I'm shopping for flip-flops for the puddles and an umbrella –
the humidity (reaches close to 100% even without rain) and rain
showers here are phenomenal during their monsoon season.

Played
nine holes of St Andrews indoor golf (popular pastime during
monsoons) and beat Aaron by one stroke.
After my wheeled luggage
died during the commute, Aaron & Sue kindly replaced it with a
nifty German backpack for me - this was one piece of gear I can
really use but could never really justify - it can even be used as
carry-on luggage (see link below); I later decided on adding a ten
litre companion pack for the chest and/or shorter hikes and bike
rides.

Aaron
& Sue's friends started to roll in from around the world and my
body is slowly adjusting to the thirteen hour clock change. While
Aaron is off for wedding pictures which are done in advance plus on
the magic day, I've been hunting for small items for their apartment
which will be their home, at least the next year.

I
had a really neat dinner with Sue's parents and brother - traditional
Korean dishes with over thirty different dishes - scrumptious but two
hours "cross-legged" is impossible for me and I was gimpy
for a few blocks afterwards while walking.
 
Tidbits:
Korean
Metro keeps on getting better – a great people mover to anywhere in
the city; buses work well with dedicated lanes.
Coffee shops have
flourished since my last visit.
The Korean food is fantastic and
reasonably priced.
My new backpacks can be viewed at:
http://www.deuter.com/en_US/backpack-details.php?category=119&artnr=34281&title=Futura%20Pro%2042 and
http://www.deuter.com/en_US/backpack-details.php?category=123&artnr=32182&title=Compact%20Air%20EXP%2010 

 SPOT:
Aaron & Sue's apartment: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=37.56137,126.92563&ll=37.56137,126.92563&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1






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