Thursday plans

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Already experienced:
–Eight hours of sleep in an incredibly plush room—white down comforters, fluffy pillows, incredible view out huge windows, heavenly shower.

–Elegant breakfast buffet –all the standard breakfast food plus smoked salmon, tandoori chicken, vegetable pancakes, and ice cream. (My sons each ate at least 3 plates full of food.)

–Visit to mini market for kimbap, fruit juice, cheese, and crackers in case we are too tired to eat out this evening.

Still on tap:

— Hanging out with Jamie, the niece of an Idaho friend. Jamie works here at the Marriot where we are staying, got us an affordable rate at this lovely place, and has offered to show us around for the next 3 days.
–Subway rides (This Idaho girl loves the subway!!)
–Tour of Kyongbok Palace (truly ancient palace)
–Shopping at Insadong (super fun shopping mecca that I’ve heard Jeannie rave about but that I’ve never visited)
— Lunch at a Korean restaurant where we will eat something whose name I forgot but that Jamie assures me is wonderful.

Pictures to follow later today if the jetlag doesn’t get me!

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P.S. If you’re interested, here are a couple of new reviews of my book from:
Rae – JourneyMama
Megan – Fried Okra

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  1. Say ‘yes’ (or, ‘ne’) to Insadong!

    I hear there is a lovely “secret” garden palace there in the Insadong area. We didn’t make it but we meant to…it’s a lovely shopping mecca but your boys will likely be bored. But: there is a busy arcade there where you could leave them for a bit while you browse a couple of stores in either direction. My son was worried about getting lost from me so I had notes written in Korean that he carried, about who we was, who I was, and where he was staying.

    So many beautiful papers, writing / painting brushes, arts, etc. at Insadong.

  2. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time thus far! All good…

  3. hey mary, i wrote up a blog post about the trip i made to korea with parker (our son) in 2006 and posted some pictures there. i got misty with my own memories, reading your piece! your readers are welcome to come on over to to see a little of what our trip was like.

    it was truly wonderful and i know yours will be too, mary! i can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and see what you’ve been up to, today, over there! send a big ‘hello’ to the seoul skyline for me, will you?

  4. Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Very excited to follow your family’s adventure in Korea! Check out Namdemoon (don’t know if I spelt that correctly) for a “real” Korean market experience – I remember turning around and coming face-to-face with a pig’s head. I screamed, everyone else laughed. Amazing place. I realise that you’re not there just as a tourist looking at everything, but if you get a chance to go to the DMZ for a tour, it’s really amazing.

    God Bless.

  6. My favorite part of traveling is eating cool food! What a fun adventure! 🙂

    I came over from the Fried Okra blog.

  7. Hi! I have been reading your site for a few years now I believe. I really enjoy reading about your family.

    I hope you are able to share some of the Korean dishes you will be eating. My husband loves Korean food. We have been learning how to make bimbambop, bulgogi, and kimchee pancakes. We just love it.