Saturday, November 03, 2007

Greetings from Seoul!

Hi everyone. I am writing to you from Seoul, South Korea! takes a REALLY long time to get to South Korea. Kristin, Keith and Sean met the group of journalists traveling to Korea at 6:00pm on Friday in Los Angeles (November 2). Everyone in the group is very nice.

We left for the airport around 9:30pm and our flight left just after 1:00AM on Saturday (November 3). The flight, on Korean Air, was almost 13 hours long. Can you believe it?

The airplane was very nice, but Kristin didn't get an upgrade. That means no comfortable seat for Kristin this time. :( But Kristin did have her own "TV" screen. It had a really cool map that I could watch during the flight.

If you look really closely at the photo above, you will see our plane had just finished crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Kristin and I also got to watch movies, listen to music, and play video games! Well, I played video games when Kristin was sleeping (shh...don't tell her).

Kristin told me I needed to rest on the flight because we are going to be busy for the next two weeks. I was so excited about going on another trip with Kristin that it was hard to sleep. But I think I slept for half of the flight.

Our plane landed at Incheon International Airport. It is a newer airport. Everyone's suitcases arrived (yeah!) and Kristin didn't have any problems in customs. I was really worried because I still don't have a passport like Kristin's. But Kristin told me not to worry. She made special arrangements for me to travel with her. Whew!

Once everyone in the group passed through customs, we got on a Hyundai bus. I know that Hyundai makes cars because I have seen some in Muscatine. But I didn't know Hyundai makes buses. Kristin says Hyundai makes LOTS of things. She also told me that Hyundai is based here in South Korea. I had NO idea!

It took us about an hour to get to our hotel in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is called the Somerset Palace. It is VERY nice. In fact, I think this might be the best hotel room I have been in yet on my many trips with Kristin. That's because our room is more like an apartment than a hotel room. How cool is that?

Kristin's room has TWO TVs and a full kitchen complete with a large (but empty) refrigerator.

There is even a washer/dryer in the room! Can you believe it?!

This is strangest washer/dryer I've ever seen. At my house we have a washer and a separate dryer. But Kristin says this machine does both! Who knew?

Well I think that's all for now. Kristin says I need to take a nap because I am going to have that jet-lag stuff later today if I don't rest. So I am headed to bed.

Until next time.....bye!