Tonight I am packing my suitcase again. The last load of laundry is in the dryer and I need a few things to add to the suitcase, but I am almost finished. Of course, I am using The Packing Formula. Click on the link to visit a previous post where I took a humorous look at formulaic packing :-).
So where am I going? I am heading off to Seoul, South Korea. I last went to Seoul almost exactly seven years ago. I vividly remember the first time that I went to Seoul the year before that as it was in January and it was really cold. In March it is still cold, but at least it gets up above 50 in the daytime 🙂
This was one of my favorite pictures from the trip in 2005. Here we see an old palace building with the modern skyline off in the distance. This is representative of the many contrasts that I saw in Seoul. A lot of new with the old.
Time to Line Up! Here we have stones that are called pumgyeseok. Each of the stones are inscribed with the rank of an official. The officials would line up behind the stones during formal ceremonies. These stones are in several of the palace courtyards around Seoul. They remind me of many times when I have had to line up for things throughout my life :-).
One of the places that I may visit again is Changgyeonggung. The palace is featured in the book The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble. I also wrote a post about Changgyeonggung after reading the book. It is always interesting to read a book that takes place somewhere you have been.
Be patient as I am in Seoul to work, but will have the weekend to do a little bit of sightseeing. You may get a good dose of food pictures to start out the week :-).
I arrive in Seoul on Sunday evening and am in the classroom first thing on Monday morning. Hopefully I will get a good night of sleep before the class. It would not be good for the teacher to fall asleep :-).
So, back to March Madness. I may actually turn on the TV and watch some basketball.
So envious of your travels!!
It’s an interesting contrast to see a traditional building standing before a modern city in the background. Do you have to learn the lingo or are you students english speaking? Bon Voyage Steven, Have fun! Hope your roses are blooming when you get back.
Love the pictures and commentary. Thanks!!
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