Monday, June 13, 2016

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A Visit to South Korea

Clop clop clop that was the sound heard on our back as my daughter Becky and I received an official Korean massage.  Having nothing to compare this to, it seemed like cupped hands going up and down our spine that sounded like galloping horses. 

My youngest daughter, Sargent Judie had met Becky and me at the airport and she knew we would be tired.  The first thing she wanted us to do was relax with a nice massage.  “Here is a towel, so take a shower first and report back here.”  Those were our instructions.   

The Korean Tourism and the Military were cooperating to give the military families an exciting ten day tour of Korea.  Hotels were giving special rates, and there was activities and shows available in the off time. 

After we checked into the Harrison Hotel, Judie treated us to a wonderful Korean buffet which included music and dancers.  Kimchi was something Judie wanted us to try.  It is a staple made from cabbage that has been fermented, seasoned and is a tad hot.  Not being used to hot seasoned food, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it, but surprising enough it was delicious.  Actually it is excellent for your health. 

Judie knew her way around Soule and she showed us how easy it was to hail a taxi.  You wave as if you were waving good bye. 

We noticed many people were wearing gauze masks, and I asked her about it.  She explained that most wear them because the air is bad, others are afraid of germs. 

The next day Judie returned from her Air Force base to take us shopping at the Korean Mall.  “Better price,” is what you say even if you think the price is good.  They love to bargain with you, so that is what we did. 

When our arms were full, Judie took us to the Military Base Post Office and we shipped our purchases home using US mail service. 

As we completed our visit, we attended the largest Christian Korean church.  There was an area for foreigners to sit and select which language they would like as a translation.  Afterwards we stopped to see the visitor’s center where an American Missionary gave us brochures about Prayer Mountain  

The Missionary explained how the church has grown by utilizing home cell meetings. 

The demarcation zone was very interesting.  We were asked not to speak to the soldiers, but some looking through the windows, smiled and waved to us.  We had to ignore them.  

We said a sad farewell to Judie as we boarded the airplane for home.  Judie had a few more months before she would be reassigned to return to California. 

There is so much beauty here in this world, and each country has its own culture and loveliness.  God has created a planet that causes me to wonder if there could be additional splendor elsewhere.  If this earth is so wonderful, I pause to consider how magnificent and breathtaking heaven must be?
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Cheryl said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful, and very interesting time! Every place has its own beauty. Thanks for sharing about it here. :)

Sharon said...

What an interesting time! I have never traveled much, never even to the East Coast of America! But I like watching travel shows. I am intrigued by the beauty of other countries, and the fascinating differences in our cultures and food. Someday I do hope to travel "outside of my backyard."

You're so right, Hazel. God has created a beautiful world, and even in its flawed state, it's breathtaking. What will heaven be like, indeed!!


Saleslady371 said...

A taste of Heaven for sure, Hazel! Your story is fascinating especially about attending church in that big mega church with the translators. I wonder what that felt like? I wonder why you couldn't communicate with the soldiers. What an interesting time with your girls.

Floyd Samons said...

That's wonderful that you got to visit your daughter and experience a different country and culture. It is amazing how big and beautiful this world is... how in the cosmos could we ever begin to grasp eternity?