Even though my countdown ticker says we've already flown, we still have about 18 hours until we board our flight. We've crossed everything off our lists and we just have one day to revel in what this adventure has been about. I think we are all better for the experiences we've had and the the people we've met. I'm not opposed to another overseas tour, but some time at home near family will do us well.
I will not be posting on this blog since we won't be McBrides in Korea anymore. When I get the new blog up and running I'll put a link here.
Peace out Korea, it's been the adventure of a lifetime.
Friday, July 13, 2012 | | 0 Comments
The prison was used from 1908-1987 while Korea was under Japanese rule, and those who were anti-colonists were imprisoned, tortured, forced to do extreme labor and executed.
|A layout and blueprint of the prison as it was in the beginning.|
|Cade taking a picture of Alex behind bars|
|Room dedicated for remembrance. Pictures of 5,000 who died surround you.|
|Replica of the execution room. You can enter peer into the real execution room, but no pictures allowed.|
|Different torture rooms. This was the finger poke room, blood stains on the table.|
|(I liked the picture both ways, with the bars clear and blurry)|
|Torture box, not big enough to stand up, too small to sit down, and then they'd shake it.|
|The boys as prisoners.|
|Narrow room torture|
|Two levels of cells|
|These are the cells for the really bad prisoners, look how small!|
|Giant Korean flag displayed outside the prison hall.|
|The boys holding hands as they walk up to the house where the lepers lived.|
|The mountains in the background are just gorgeous.|
|After you leave the 'actual' execution room you are led to a tunnel where they would take the dead bodies.|
|This was an interesting feature. This was an exercise area, with walls to separate the prisoners from talking with one another.|
|Inside the exercise area|
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | | 0 Comments
A few random people have mentioned how helpful my blog has been as they've been getting ready to move their family to Korea, and to help them find things to do here. To those people, I share this helpful tip as you are getting ready to leave Korea.
You will go to the transportation office to set up your flight arrangments to go home. Any date they tell you will be exciting to you. However if they offer you a date that is more than 4 days from your DEROS date, however tempting it may be, do not take it. No one will tell you then, and no one from transportation will even know of their mistake, it will be your batallion who will realize once you're outprocessing that your flight is too early, even if by one day. They will then say you cannot fly on that day, but there will be no space A flights left in 4 days before or after your DEROS date. You will then have to jump through hoops to get an exception to policy to fly commercially and hope that the O-6 who ends up with it on his desk will sign it, or who knows when you'll be leaving.
Never mind that you have movers scheduled to come in 4 days, and there's a federal holiday coming up where no one will want to look at your papers, and that you have all your hotels already arranged in Korea and America.
True story. This is how it goes in the Army. They tell you one thing is okay and then turn around and tell you it's not.
So my countdown to flying to America is most likely wrong. Not sure when we're leaving, but somewhere closer his DEROS which is July 17th. At this point we are just planning on having our movers come on the 5th still, moving into the Dragon Hill Lodge on the 6th, and instead of staying there 5 days, we hope to stay there until our new flight date is decided. That would be the easiest, but they could disapprove our request to stay in the dragon that long... but I don't want to think about that right now... happy thoughts!
Saturday, June 30, 2012 | | 2 Comments
|(by the time I finished taking this picture there was a line of 4 koreans who wanted to do the same thing)|
|sunset over paldang dam|
|view from converted railway bridge|
|new railway bridge running parallel to converted bridge|
|valley from the center of the paldang bridge|
Thursday, June 28, 2012 | | 2 Comments
One of the great experiences about living abroad is meeting people of other cultures. Our congregation at church is the biggest melting pot of people and it gives you a great appreciation for having the same beliefs as the brother or sister next to you from Africa, Malaysia, or even from Korea. One of Cade's church teachers is Bora Lim, a sister who is born and raised in Seoul, but did not convert to the LDS church until the past few years. She studied English in school and when she went on a trip to Malaysia she met the missionaries and learned all about our church in English. Apparently when she came back to Korea and joined her local Korean congregation all of the terms of the church were very hard to understand and she didn't feel comfortable there. So she attends our English speaking branch and our kids fell in love with her (and I think she fell in love with our kiddos too!)
Here's Bora and Cade
We mostly saw Bora at church, but we've had a few occasions to get together. Since we were moving soon and Cade was out of school we decided to all hang out at the COEX aquarium. Bora was such a trooper since she wasn't feeling well, but had my kids plastered all over her, pulling her over to see sharks and seahorses.
These are all pictures from Bora's phone :)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | | 1 Comments
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