I am taking my family this weekend to Yongpyong Resort, Korea’s largest ski resort and likely home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  Barring heavy traffic, the trip should take us about two hours by car.  The snow is long gone, and the monsoon rains may be in full force, so we won’t be skiing.  Nevertheless, we’ll do our best to enjoy the short two-day trip as hikers and tourists.  My wife has been anxious to see Yongpyong Resort ever since she watched "Winter Sonata," one of her favorite Korean dramas.  The resort is featured prominently in the drama.  She wants to relive all the precious moments of the show, such as when Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo are at the resort "working" on a construction project (actually, most of the time they are focused on their love triangle–but I digress).  I gave my wife free rein to take us where she will tomorrow so that she can cherish those "Winter Sonata" moments.  I’m tempted to bring our CD player so I can play the theme from "Winter Sonata" at key places where the characters shared special moments, such as the time when Choi Ji Woo pushed Bae Yong Jun out of the way after a construction beam nearly fell on him.  The drama would have been much shorter if she had not.  If weather permits, we will try to do some hiking in areas normally dominated by skiers.  If not, we’ll explore the lodge and as much of the resort as we can during our brief stay there.
The next day, I get to dictate our itinerary.  We’ll drive a circuitous route through Odaesan National Park on our way back to Seoul.  Odaesan is just south of Seoraksan National Park, South Korea’s most beautiful and famous park.  Odaesan is not considered as spectacular as its neighbor, but it includes some noteworthy places I want to visit, including an historic Buddhist temple and great hiking in the park’s interior.  If we also have time, we will also visit the East Sea coast not far from Odaesan.  We’ll see whether Yongpyong or Odaesan turns out to be the highlight of the our.  No matter what, I hope we aren’t hampered by rain and forced to stay inside buildings and in our automobile.
Dear Reader, have a great weekend.  I’ll be back online Sunday night.

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 www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    July 7, 2006    

    You watch Korean dramas with your wife?  OMG you are so whipped.  Have fun acting romatic while I am hitting golf balls….FORE!!!!

  2. Angeline's Gravatar Angeline
    July 8, 2006    

    Hi Mike, Winter Sonata is also one of my favourite Korean show.  Have fun with your family and please take some pictures.  The Lord be with you and your family.

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