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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ReUnification!

Mother, Sons and Brothers...
Tomorrow it will be a week since I left -- whatever 'time' means! The time difference between New York and South Korea is 11 hours and between here and London it's 7. We arrived in Incheon Airport on time at noon on Thursday the 9th of October -- having left from Manchester, England Wednesday, 9.05 a.m. It was 1 am my time when our final plane finally touched down.

One of the last through immigration, which did not take very long, I was surprised to discover the luggage was waiting for us and the carousel emptied! Impressive... Soon we were through and being greeted, hugged, and kissed and maybe even a tear or two!

Soon we were on our way -- 5 hours to our final destination: Daegu, South Korea -- a long way from home!
Leaving Incheon Island for the mainland and south...

On our way I discovered the rice fields were golden and ready for harvesting. And these golden fields were surrounded by mountains, very similar to the Appalachians -- old and worn, but tree covered. And all the towns we traveled by have tall white tower blocks of apartment buildings -- dozens of them towering into the skyline with mountainous backdrops. The Korean people prefer to live in these towers to having their own house. In fact there are very few private houses anywhere around.
Typical apartment towers. From my son's rooftop...

But first we stopped in Waegwan for Sam's brothers, Galen and Louis, who bounded out of the apartment building within seconds of our arrival! The picture above was taken about two minutes later. My abiding memory will be one of lots and lots of NOISE for the next several hours!

Below: Sam is over the moon to now be taller than his 4'10" Mom!



22 comments:

  1. Looks like great travels. Thanks for sharing your pictures; I've never been to that part of the world. :-)

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    1. It is my first visit to Asia -- and there is a lot to take in -- differences and likenesses!

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  2. A long slog; a happy ending. Such a cheerful band of boys.

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    1. The boys together again was a very happy moment -- but now there is a lot of 'getting used to each other' going on ...

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  3. How overwhelming, specially for Sam!

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    1. You have got that exactly right, Jenny!

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  4. Joyful photos. I hope the whole trip will be just that.

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    1. Ups and downs, Janice, ups and downs!

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  5. Eleven hours travelling - a long trek and a happy family together again.

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    1. Now I've no idea what time it is .... anywhere!!!

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    1. In every way, Vera! And the return awaits.

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  7. Thanks for bring us along on your experience through pictures. Glad you're having a wonderful time.

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    1. Thanks, Stephen. It's all been very illuminating...not to mention 'interesting'...

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  8. What a wonderful homecoming for Sam. I know his stay with you and what he learned while in England will be with him forever.

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    1. And I hope that that is a good thing, Inger. Teenage angst is a hard thing to interpret and often a challenge to live with...

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  9. Dear Broad, it's all so exciting for all of you, especially Sam. I'm wondering if that final picture with the Ferris wheel is in London or is that in Korea???? Peace.

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    1. The picture with the Ferris wheel (The London Eye) was taken two years ago in London.

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  10. A long journey, but what a happy ending. :-) Lovely photos of an exciting trip.

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    1. It was a lovely moment with lots of laughter and joy. But challenges await!

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  11. Such a great trip and with so much to enjoy – family, friends and new savory food. Enjoy it!

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    1. So far so good -- and I'm enjoying most of the savory food -- 'spicy and all!

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