So, I’ve been procrastinating at blogging about the trip to China & Korea, not out of laziness but out of not knowing where to start. I did so much, saw amazing stuff and met fabulous people. It is hard to know what to begin with.
Here is my itinerary for the journey:
6:55 a.m. EST leave CLE for LAX
Arrive LAX change terminals to international for flight (12 hrs) to Seoul, Korea.
Lose a day in flight and it is now May 14th when we arrive in Seoul.
Change planes and fly to Shanghai, China.
Shopping all day at Nanjing road & Old Shanghai
AM- Pudong area
PM- Night train to Kaifeng
Arrive in Kaifeng at 6:45 a.m.
Culture class, iron pagoda, tour campus, banquet
Language class, dragon pavilion, shopping on imperial street, tour Kaifeng Jewish home and neighborhood, pub star to meet students
Drive to Zhengzhou for day train to Xi’an (bullet train)
Arrive in Xi’an
Road side restaurant
Dinner with tour guide
Night Train to Beijing
Arrive early go to hotel
Forbidden City, Market
The Great Wall
Free day to explore Beijing
Say by to our amazing hosts and fly to Seoul
Change terminals and fly to Busan, Korea
Arrive at Busan, meet students and amazing hosts
Hotel on the beach
Pusan University of Foreign Studies tour
Busan City Bus tour (my adventure with ripped pants)
Worlds largest department store
Dinner - Korean BBQ
Pohang Steel Company tour
Gyeongju Tour - which included bike ride around village
Free day (Beach baby!)
Check out of paradise
Cruise around Busan Harbor
Culture Center - drum class, pottery, sleep over with students from PUFS
Depart Busan for Seoul
Buddist Temple stay - lunch
Group went to DMZ - I got free day
Explored area in Seoul that our hotel was in
Afternoon - Seoul City tour
Blue House, old capitol, shopping, stream, dinnder
Travel back home, going back in time…
As you can see I did a lot and I miss a lot of stuff due to a nasty fall I had in Kaifeng. Every place has lots to ell about it. Heck every journey to every place has a story about it. It was a amazing, once in a life time experience.
So I am trying to start with one of the last days and fill in people, places & things of the rest of the trip. The next post is going to be about Busan, South Korea. Where the “ocean meets the mountains” or paradise I lovingly call it.
If you can bare with me this summer as I put together a proper journal from my trip I promise to share the amazing Asian adventure that I had.
And to all the fabulous people I met along the way - Thank you for making my life that much richer for having you in it.