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Trip End Nov 03, 2011

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

A few months ago my husband's company approached him about going to South Korea for several weeks for work this fall, and he agreed on the spot. Since I work from home and my entire team is located in a timezone much closer to Korea's than my own anyway, my manager graciously approved me working from Korea during my husband's trip, so I get to tag along. We're hoping to stop in Taipei for a few days on our return trip to visit my husband's nephew.

I'm very excited about this! Although I love traveling and have been fortunate enough to see lots of wonderful places in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, I've yet to make it off the continent. This will be my first time!

So far our preparation has included:

Renewing our expired and maiden name passports
His: renewed in less than 1 week
Mine: 6 weeks, including 3 weeks waiting for a certified marriage license copy. "Expedited" service, not so much.

Researching travel shows, blogs and books
I'm ashamed to admit, most of my knowledge about Korea was from MASH reruns. I'm not sure I've supplemented sufficiently with with various travel and food network TV episodes, but I do feel I know a bit more now. And in my defense, a co-worker asked me if it would be possible for me to drive from South Korea to Singapore during my visit, so I don't feel like I'm the only person geographically challenged. : )

I'm trying to convince my husband a tour of the DMZ is perfectly safe, but he is skeptical.

Purchasing a really large suitcase
Unlike weekend road trips in our limited-trunk-space car, 4 weeks in a foreign country is no time for Spartan like packing!

Attempting to learn a few Korean phrases using through various language software and ebooks
The language software is interesting, but so far hasn't covered the basics like how to say: Hello, Goodbye, Thank you, Where is the bathroom?. However, if there are any children running, eating, or drinking water or juice, I'm now quite confident in my abilities to announce it.

Much more importantly, I have learned the written and spoken word for dog, so I should be able to recognize and avoid it on any menus. Next up, shark fin soup!

Scope out the new digs
We just learned that we'll be staying in Suwon, which is 20 miles south of Seoul. We'll be staying in a hotel, which alleviates my concerns about having to navigate a grocery or laundry mat.

Suwon is the only remaining completely walled city in South Korea. (Even if we don't make it to the DMZ we are definitely touring this!!!)

Suwon is also a major educational center, being home to 14 university campuses. (I'm hoping this means lots of English speakers who will show mercy to my pitiful attempts at speaking Korean! : )

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Kathleen on

This is a great idea. Looking forward to reading about your adventures. I was trying to think of any item I could recommend for such a long trip. The best I can come up with is a sense of humor and adventure and I know you both have those.

Barry on

Great start! Staci, you're a natural blogger (much better than Mike :) ). I'm looking forward to reading of your adventures.

Meg McGranaghan on

So I clicked on the link to Suwon...wasn't expecting the map to be in Korean! Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

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