One year ago today, we arrived in Korea.  One year from now, we’ll be on our way to an unknown destination.  Our time in Seoul has passed by much too fast.  I remember the day we arrived at Incheon International Airport.  We were all feeling under the weather after our trip to Hawai’i (our illnesses made us feel as if we going through hell in paradise).  To make matters worse, my son had an eye infection.  Our sponsor picked us up and immediately drove us to the nurse, who treated our son’s eye.  It healed within a few days.  We all experienced jetlag for about a week after we arrived.  We arrived on a Thursday evening and spent a quiet first weekend in Seoul.  After that, it’s never been the same.  The past two weeks have been filled with so many distractions that it makes me nostalgic for some peace and quiet.  This blog is one of the few refuges I have to get away from it all.  Perhaps our next destination will be slower paced than life is here in Seoul.  I can’t complain too loudly, though.  The first year in Seoul has been crazy and chaotic, life changing and mind-blowing at the same time.
Blog Notes:  This entry will be short because I spent some time tonight expermenting with MSN Spaces’ Power Toys.  You may have noticed that I added Windows Media Player to World Adventurers.  This is a feature common to other blogs.  I added a piece of traditional Korean music available at this web site.  I also added an MSN Alerts feature using the Custom HTML Toy.  The Space Craft, MSN Spaces’ team blog, provided detailed instructions on adding Power Toys to MSN Spaces (see the Quick Links section).  They are really cool toys, but they require some effort to install and basic knowledge of Web development to quickly and painlessly add them to an MSN Spaces blog.  Give them a try!

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. evencastles's Gravatar evencastles
    February 18, 2006    

    Greetings from Shanghai.

  2. claire's Gravatar claire
    February 18, 2006    

    i am happy to share the photo with your special days in korea. i am planning to visit korea around 5 days this year.
    i found some useful information here. food seems nice and i hope the air is fresh and clear. that mix blood boy is i guess his mom is korean. i think the difficulty for the tourist is the language. by the way i do not think most of us can accept cicada and spider as the pets. i am also a big fan of travelling.

  3. Theresa's Gravatar Theresa
    February 19, 2006    

    Hi!  I came across a very good CD – Global Soul (Putumayo Presents) – There was a young lady on there from South Korea – Tasha.  I would love to hear more from her but can’t find anything here ;-(  I put her on my wish list on Amazon though – the CD is quite pricey.  Throw some Tasha on your MediaPlayer and let me know when you do, OK? 😎  Peace!

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