The view from our 8th floor Manu Hotel room. Work on this huge construction project goes on all day and night.
Woke early due to jetlag and watched the diggers, front-end loaders and guiding workers doing their barely-dawn work.
Have you ever heard the tale of the 6 blind men who "saw" an elephant? (A terrific reading of this poem can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJVBQefNXIw, and I recommend you listen to it for the sheer pleasure of the reading if you have a little time (2:22) to spare.
As we have travelled through many countries in the last few weeks, we've seen bits and pieces of each one, largely the exteriors of buildings accompanied by the commentary (historical and otherwise) of local guides. We've had a terrific time, I think we've learned a lot, and we're so motivated now to read far more of European history. But I also realise that we have "seen" no more than the blind men or than what amounts to a few dots in a pointilliste painting, so I have only been able to present a tiny glimpse of each place and day to you.
"It's better than nothing," as my mother would say.
Our last two days were in Seoul, South Korea, as a restful stopover after the flight Amsterdam-Seoul and before the last one which was Seoul-Sydney. As a non-sponsored comment I can certainly recommend Korean Airlines and breaking the
Woman shelling peas while offering her vegetables for sale on the footpath.
I remember in Kenya being surprised to see women selling little pyramids of 4 potatoes, neatly stacked on their blankets as they sat by the road in the late afternoon. Because we had always bought potatoes by the bag from the supermarket, this seemed strange to me. But of course 4 potatoes would do for a family dinner, and when people live from one day to the next, that's all you need today.
flight between Australia and Europe. On the way to Europe from Australia, you get a 16 hour break which includes complementary dinner, grand overnight accommodation and breakfast plus shuttles to and fro. On the way back the break is only 5 hours, so we decided to take a couple nights off and see some of Seoul, out of our own pockets this time. So here are a few glimpses for you.
Thank you so much for "travelling" on this trip with us. I'm very motivated by your reading the blogs and by your occasional comments. It's fun to know that many of you whom I rarely get to see have been journeying with us. I hope your year continues well for you and you also enjoy some travels.
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