Thursday, March 31, 2011

Traveling to Dalian, China

Eventually I'll get around to posting about the 600km Tombstone brevet I did with my dad and setting for the local SCS competition. But right now I'm sitting in the airport in Seoul, S. Korea after 2 hours in the Albuquerque airport a 2 hour flight to LAX then a 12 hour layover during which we went to Venice Beach for quite awhile. Next up was a 12 1/2 hour flight to Seoul followed by an 8 1/2 hour layover that is almost done at this point, about one hour more before our last short flight into Dalian China. So we are all pretty tired, having traveled for about 36 hours so far. At least Dylan has been getting some real sleep, he just woke from a 2 1/2 hour nap in the airport and he slept for about 8 hours on the long flight.

Venice Beach was eye opening. It seems to be all about getting anyone legalized marijuana, bongs to go with that, tattoo's and performing/panhandling (I saw one performer who's whole act was to walk around with a fishing pole and a cup on the end with a dollar bill taped to it, pretty lame).

The airport in Seoul is not a bad place to spend time. There are loads of places that are really comfortable and free WiFi which is uncommon in the USA. It seems in US airports they try to make it impossible to get comfortable will laying down by adding arm rests on every other seat etc. Here there are seats designed for lounging in and lots of long benches and seats lined up without arm rests. There are at least 5 or 6 kids play structures in the international terminal for Dylan to play at. Another cool thing was a "shop" called the "Korean Experience" or something like that, lots of over priced product but also free (for foreigner) crafts, Dylan got to make a traditional Han Ji doll with Linda's help.

Needless to say Linda and I are ready to get to our apartment in Dalian and get settled in, Dylan, having just woken from a nap not too long ago could seem to care less at this point.

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