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Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang August 17th 2018

Dear All Wow! Greetings from Pyeongchang, South Korea! Six months ago, when I visited Northern Ireland for a few days, I remember watching the Winter Olympics on TV while I was having breakfast in my lovely BnB there in Belfast, and thinking that in a few months, I’ll be there myself. In fact, here it is, I am here myself! It seems so strange to be here, having seen this place on TV on the other side of the world so many times, and it’s actually really amazing. I have had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days here, and just when I thought travel fatigue might be around the corner, starting to get the better of me, up popped Pyeongchang, and I am renewed once more with travel energy again! And I don’t think it will ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang February 26th 2018

I leave in 2 days - it's been an unbelievable experience. I came here not knowing what I was doing, who I would meet, and what would happen while I'm here. I had no expectations because I had no idea what would happen. All I knew about the Olympics is what I saw on TV from previous Olympics. The Koreans did a fabulous job preparing for the Olympics. They put in roads, 2 major train stations, improved train timetables, arranged for hundreds of buses to move around workforce, spectators, and athletes. They built the venues where the competition would be held. There were decorative banners and mascots everywhere. The Olympic Park had lots of fun things to do inbetween competition events. There were events at the beach, and hospitality houses (I only made it to 2) ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang February 21st 2018

Sunday, Feb. 18th The days are just flying by now that I'm working and seeing events. My assignment at work recently has been to watch the housekeeping staff to be sure they are doing everything they are supposed to do (because there have been complaints from the athletes). I go with them to the rooms and make sure the trash is emptied, sheets & towels are changed, floors and countertops are wiped down, etc. It's not a bad assignment - I've been able to talk to the athletes. At first I was hesitant to strike up a conversation with them, but I got over that! One coach (I think he was the bobsled coach) called me the Quality Control Inspector - so I started using that as a job title!!!! We are so lucky with TeamUSA. ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang February 17th 2018

I'm sorry I haven't posted a blog in awhile. I've been really busy. Wednesday, Feb. 14 - Happy Valentine's Day What an awesome day. I went back to work at the USOC office. There's actually not alot of work to do right now - just little things like shopping and other errands. So we site around and watch 3 events all at once. The USOC office is great because we have 3 TV's. Other Team offices don't have TV's and the volunteers are bored to death. We watched Shaun White get his gold medal. I decided I wanted to see the Medals Ceremony that evening. Hmmm - that meant I had to figure out the transportation. There are lots of buses: TW (Transport Workforce - that's us the workers), TS (Spectators), TC (Competition Venues), and TA ... read more
Shaun White during National Anthem
Look at Japanese guy
Biting the gold medal.

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang February 15th 2018

WLS-Ch.7 blames graphics 'mix-up' for confusion between P.F. Chang's and Pyeongchang WLS-Ch. 7 confuses Pyeongchang with P.F. Chang's on a Saturday morning broadcast. A spokesperson said the graphic was created for a different "satirical piece." (HANDOUT) Kim JanssenContact ReporterChicago Tribune Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul in South Korea, and the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. P.F. Chang’s is an Asian-inspired chain restaurant with 210 U.S. locations, including ones in Chicago, Lombard, Northbrook, Orland Park and Schaumburg. PyeongChang and P.F. Chang’s are not the same... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang January 23rd 2018

Saturday Jan. 20 - Monday Jan. 22. After a grueling trip I finally made it. I had a 21 hour flight via Beijing to get here, Incheon Airport near Seoul, arriving 11:50 a.m on Monday, Jan. 22. I added a day by crossing the dateline (Tristan your homework assignment is to look this up). I met some other volunteers in the baggage claim area and we decided to travel together. Sabria (France) & I made our way to Seoul via subway, then to Jinbu station via 15:01 KTX train, which travels up to 300 km/hr (for those of your metric system challenged: take the first 2 numbers and multiply by 6; 30 x 6 = 180 mph). And the trains are sooooo smooth. We arrived at Jinbu station at 16:45 and met up with David (Switzerland), ... read more
KTX train station is Seoul.
Inside the KTX train.
KTX train.

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang January 18th 2018

In 2 days I will be on a flight to South Korea to volunteer for the Winter Olympics. My role is a National Olympic Committee Assistant to Team USA. My duties are (this is an excerpt from my acceptance letter): - assisting their assigned NOC/NPC delegation with translation, driving, office work and other related duties from the day of their arrival to departure; this could be from as early as the Pre-Opening of Olympic/Paralympic Village(s) to no later than the Closing of Olympic/Paralympic Village(s). - assisting the NOC/NPC Service Team to help the operation of the NOC/NPC Services Centre(s) in Olympic/Paralympic Village(s). - assisting NOC/NPC Assistant Team with the management of the NOC/NPC Assistant Programme. They refer to teams as "delegations". Basically I'm a Personal Assistant to Team USA. Many people have asked me how I ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang January 23rd 2010

23rd Jan: Yay! My first solo trip in Korea, well kind of I was going with a group but I joined alone. Up very early to take the bus to Seoul. Arrived at Seoul a bit early so had a wander around the Express Bus Terminal. We left at 8 o'clock and drove for about three hours to reach Phoenix Park. The drive wasn't too bad and we stopped for lunch at a service station on the way. I didn't really think much of the food choices and was glad I had brought some kimbap with me. We went to the towny bit first to sort out our ski, snowboard, and suit rentals. I was just gonna rent pants but got the jacket aswell. All in bright red, lovely! You'll be able to see me coming ... read more
Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang July 11th 2007

I'm beginning to think that I sleep better in our tent than in my double bed! I can honestly say that spending the night, warm in the tent, listening to the sound of the rain just outside has got to be one of the most therapeutic things I think I've ever done. Needless to say, the morning was a slow one, with both of us taking it in turns to wake up then drift off to sleep again! Eventually we separated ourselves from our tent to make our way to the ablution block and get started. Somewhere in the packing process, I realised that my brand new sun glasses were missing, and thinking back I was pretty sure I'd left them in the paragliding truck! Aaaah bother. We packed up the tent and headed back ... read more
Another street market
Rice paddies

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Pyeong-Chang July 9th 2007

Well, with us having been working and travelling around South Korea for 4 months now, and my birthday looming in the upcomming week, we decided to do something a bit more extreme. This meant setting our alarms for 5am (Yes, 5AM!) on a Monday morning and catching a train into Seoul in time to meet a bunch of friends and pile into a van by 8am. With stomachs slowly waking up to the taste of Kimbap (Korean sushi roll) and coffee, our non-English speaking driver started the 4 hour trip out to the little town of Pyeong-Chang in the middle of the mountainous Gangwon-do province. Upon arrival we were greeted by perfectly trimmed parks and banners proclaiming Yes Pyeong-Chang! . A sad legacy of the recent loss of the town's winter olympic bid to the Russian ... read more
Our gear for the day
The team
She goes no further

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