Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kate off to South Korea

My daughter Kate-Lynn is off to an adventure of a life-time as she packed her bags and departed yesterday for Seoul and Busan in South Korea for a year. She resigned from her 2-year lecturing post at Embury College of Education in Durban and will be teaching English to South Korean kids in the coastal city of Busan for the next 12 months. Busan is the second largest city in South Korea situated to the south-east of the country and not far over the sea from Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the Japanese cities that took the atom bombs that ended the 2nd World War.

I have always wanted to venture and stay in another land and Kate-Lynn will be living my dream for a year, although by all counts it looks like a hard-working commitment in a freezing winter climate in a foreign language. But it will be an experience that will stand her in good stead for the rest of her life. Go Kate Go!!  

It was a tight squeeze dumping clothes and cosmetics to get the baggage weight down

Kate checks in to Cathay Pacific in Johannesburg, touching down in Hong Kong, then on to Seoul, South Korea. Hong Kong is 6 hours ahead and Seoul 7 hours ahead in time to South Africa. This means she travelled while we slept and has now landed in Seoul with a whole afternoon still ahead of her. Exhausting flying west to east through different time zones.

South Korea is a country peninsular between China and Japan and flanked by the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan. Hopefully she will get to see Shanghai as well as Nagasaki both incredible places steeped in history.

Busan is a seaside city on the south-east coast and she will have at least 2 friends in the same city, although it's the second largest city in South Korea and they may be on the opposite ends.
South Korea flag

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