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Over the Pole and into Seoul

We establish our first Asian adventure in Korea

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Going from Boston to JFK was a hop, skip, and a plop. But getting ready for our 14 hour flight to Seoul seemed daunting. Bruce and Jo had gone on Korean Air when they went to meet Laurie in 2003 so we decided to take KE for our first leg of our journey even if it was a bit more. We later realized we had bought at just the right time and we had an experience that reminded us of what air travel can be like.

The flight crew of KE 82 were gracious, patient, attentive, tireless, joyful, creative in solving problems, and, with the exception of one young man, all women. They came to the airport looking like they would be walking the runway at a fashion show, rather than an airport! By the end of the trip, many of us felt like something on the floor of a theater after a Saturday morning matinee. The crew was as effervescent as ever. Bruce and I remarked again and again that this KAL crew was showing the world that it can[i] be done. We saw them line up before entering the jet in JFK and it looked like their version of the pre-game meeting at the Super Bowl! large_IMG_0318.jpg

Once onboard, we settled into our "new economy" seats in KAL's massive A380 Airbus. I sent a text to my bride, who remarked, it looks as big as an apartment building. True...but how many buildings hold over 400 people?! It's a 3-4-3 configuration, and we had chosen a row of four near the front (and the bathrooms) We were excited to get on our way! IMG_0320.jpg

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And once we landed, we promptly got on a very nice bus for our trip to our hotel!IMG_0332.jpg After a bit of excitement trying to find our hotel (which was only "one block" away) we checked in, dumped our luggage, and headed off for some quick Korean cuisine...at Burger King! IMG_0346

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Finally, it was time to head home. We scouted out some eating places for the morning. It's going to be a quick beginning to the day as we head to the Seoul USO for a tour of the DMZ between the two Koreas. IMG_0348.jpg

On our way back, we had a glimpse of the active small stores around our hotel. Perhaps tomorrow, we can be a little more adventuresome than Burger King!IMG_0350.jpg

It's late and I must rise in a few hours. Good night, all!

Keith

Posted by Kwpres 07:51 Archived in South Korea Tagged me buildings children night planes hotel

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Wonderful. Love you all.
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