Apparently Jezreel, Johnny, and Jee-Young will all be in South Korea during my visit, so we should have a good time together. I will be staying at Jezreel and his wife's apartment in Seoul and they plan to take me to whatever sites they think I should see. I'm really hoping it involves more than Karaoke bars because I don't drink and there are few things in this world I do worse than singing. I guess that's the whole point of Karoake, though.
Jee-Young asked me what I wanted to see while I was in South Korea and I told her I mostly want to see the DMZ (The Demilitarized Zone). She gave me a puzzled look, but I love history and would love to simply "feel" what that place is like. I also indicated I wanted to see the Blue House (which is where the president resides). I find it amusing that we have a White House and the South Koreans have a Blue House.
I hear Seoul is a vibrant city and very modernized. I'm looking forward to being there, but I would also like to get out of the city and see the countryside. One of my biggest regrets about my visits to London and Amsterdam was that I never made it out of the city. How shameful is it to go to the Netherlands and not see a single windmill? Well, that's my story! This time, I WILL venture outside of Seoul and see some of the more traditional-looking parts of the country (whatever that means).
|The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the 38th parallel serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea|
|The Blue House in Seoul|
|Aerial shot of Seoul, Korea|