Do you hear that?  It’s the sound of silence.  It’s the sound of the end of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Busan, Korea.  I am finally finished.  Most of the delegates left yesterday, but I’m sticking around Busan today on call in case something happens, and then tomorrow I will return to Seoul.  I have to say that my time here was one of the best professional experiences I’ve ever had.  It culminated in watching the President of the United States, the First Lady, Secretary of State, and their support staff arrive in a large motorcade and board Air Force One.  I have never seen such a spectacular.  I feel very privileged to have had such an opportunity to be able to see it and to be involved with such a big event.  The day before, I watched Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin arrive in his presidential plane.  The contrast between the departure and arrival of the two presidents could not have been more different (the U.S. delegation made an impact on Busan of seismic proportions).  All day long I felt as if I were rubbing elbows with the gods as I mingled between delegations.  We tailed the Chilean delegation to Haeundae by car (police escorts make it a lot easier to negotiate traffic!), and we followed the Taiwanese (Chinese Taipei) back to the airport again.  Now that it’s over, I have some time to sit back and reflect on it all.  I didn’t get much sleep during the past week, and I hardly had time to blog, but I know you’ll understand, Dear Reader, that it’s was worth it.  Now that I’m heading home, my daily blogging will start again.  Signing out from Busan.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Angeline's Gravatar Angeline
    November 20, 2005    

    Hi Mike, in the midst of your busy schedule, you still find time to keep us informed of the APEC Summit in Busan. I really appreciate your effort. Thanks a lot.Angeline

  2. quemino's world's Gravatar quemino's world
    December 2, 2005    

    Yeah Mike! You are very talented and dedicated to blog in the whirlwind of the APEC Summit. As you may have noticed I totally slacked!

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