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Post-A-Day note: In U.S. time, Sunday and Monday will be spent traveling and Tuesday will be spent recovering from jetlag.  I’ll resume my daily posts on Wednesday.  As always, thank you for visiting!

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Today I spent my last few hours in Seoul, and to be honest I didn’t see a whole lot that I hadn’t seen before so I don’t have many pictures to share with you – but the day didn’t turn out to be about sightseeing at all, at least not for me.

Four of us gathered in a hotel lobby at the south end of the city this morning, to spend the day together and celebrate friendships gained during my time in South Korea.   Read the rest of this entry »

And now, a little photo essay of my trip with some colleagues back to the DMZ.  When I blogged a few weeks ago about my first trip, I wrote that 170 meters was the closest I’d ever get to North Korea.  I was wrong.  This time we traveled right into the heart of it, to the village of Panmunjeom and the Joint Security Area where soldiers from North and South face off. Read the rest of this entry »

I am tired tonight, but wanted to share some pictures from my day-long tour of Gyeong-ju, the ancient preserved city commonly called the “museum without walls”.  It served as the capital city for the Silla kingdom from 57 BC – 935 AD, and was miraculously spared during the Korean War so it is largely intact or reconstructed and holds many of Korea’s national treasures. Read the rest of this entry »

The air has been warming up here in Korea, and I’ve even been able to walk around during the day without a coat or hat – ah, sweet freedom!  And then, this morning, I saw this:

 

Well, I didn’t see this, exactly… Read the rest of this entry »

Every large city in Korea has a tall tower that serves two purposes: radio signals and incredible views.  On Sunday evening after our DMZ tour we hiked up to Seoul Tower for dinner and some perspective on this sprawling metropolis.

We got there just in time to see the late winter sunset…

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Yellow hard hat on, bent over like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, walking through puddles and under scaffolding, I made my way along the tunnel pocked with yellow-painted holes where the dynamite went into the walls.  At the end of the tunnel I looked through the 3rd Wall, a one-windowed barricade that separated me from a chamber filled with water and bombs, ready to be detonated in case of attack from the North.  170 meters away and 200 feet above my head was the border; it was the closest I’ll ever get to North Korea. Read the rest of this entry »

Instead of my usual Friday “Joy Pockets” series, I decided to share a bit more about my week.  Those of you who read regularly know that I had a bit of a tough week, and I want to thank you for reaching out and providing your own brand of comfort for me.  I could feel the love, people!   Read the rest of this entry »

 

Although it’s not very enlightened of me to say so, I have to admit that the chocolate bar I’m eating right now feels pretty damn good.  The last few days have put me through the ringer both physically and emotionally, and I’m thinking that tonight is one of those nights when I would love to curl up in my favorite smooshy blanket, or a beloved’s arms, maybe have a good cry on the rump of my snuggly dog, or put the day behind me with a favorite comedy on TV. Read the rest of this entry »

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Well, well!  I have been so busy getting exciting about being home, and my (not-really-so) new purpose, that I sort of forgot that I’m…still in Korea.  Yes, that’s right, for anyone reading this who’s new to Maggie’s Nest, I’ve been traveling for work quite a bit since mid-2009, and my blog really got cooking last year as a travelogue.  But with Korea as my last trip for the foreseeable future, and the fact that I want nothing more than to be home, you could say Maggie’s Nest is in a bit of a transition.  Today is an edition of Wandernest, my continuing journal of international adventures. Read the rest of this entry »

In Daegu my morning shift is across town from where I’m staying, so each morning I get a brisk 25-minute walk through town.  By brisk I mean slightly freezing.  Like, let’s try wearing yoga pants under our work pants and maybe our thighs won’t go numb kind of freezing.  And…I love it!  The walk wakes me up, and reminds me of where I am.  Walk with me!

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