Korea


I don’t know all the details of his story but his gaunt cheekbones and subdued manner spoke volumes. I could only imagine what he’d had to endure fleeing North Korea after he was exposed helping others defect, hiding out in the mountains, and then leaving behind his wife and children […]

Korean Day 13


We are in Seoul, where we’ll spend two days before heading home. My husband Drew is back after 30 years, when he once served for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many of the buildings he used to pass are no longer […]

Korea Day 12



Set off early into yet another great-weather day on Jeju Island. The plan was for us to go to the Hello Kitty Museum (more about this and my HK obsession in a bit), but we had a few stops first. We were passing through an area on Jeju Island when […]

Korea Day 11


Our first order of the day was to go to this fun indoor maze, where we teamed up to complete an obstacle course and did a ten-minute one individually. What a hoot…and a workout! The girls and Drew placed in the top 10 in their age groups. Aftwerwards, we hiked […]

Korea Day 10



Traveling often delivers surprises. Take for instance our arriving back to our Airbnb yesterday to discover that we were sharing a three-bedroom unit with a family of small children and a group of young men.  Our hostess asked us about having one of the young men into our bedroom of […]

Korea Day 9


What a beautiful Sunday. With a slightly overcast sky, the new day dawned. We attended a ward in Gwangju. I was invited to bear my testimony and instead ended up teaching a Sunday School Gospel Essentials class with some members who are from the Philippines as well as a ward […]

Korea Day 8



We are still in Gwangju. Today we moved our stuff downstairs in our Airbnb because another big group had reserved our room. But we were gone most of the day, so it didn’t matter so much that now we are in one room with bunk beds instead of a two-bedroom […]

Korea Day 7


Jeonju has a well-deserved reputation as a food mecca. We started out the day walking over to Nambu Market, where we ate some crispy Asian pear. A little ways down, we tried little duk balls (rice cakes) with honey inside. Yum! Further down, we bought Korean pancakes (one sweet and […]

Korea Day 5



Even though we missed the celebrations for Buddha’s birthday (May 12) by a week, there were still wonderful decorations leftover at the Beopjusa Temple. We entered through a gate where you leave behind your earthly troubles so you can achieve peace. The Buddhist temples in the park were serene, indeed. […]

Korea Day 3 – Part 2