D MJ Binkley's Guestbook



25th February 2024

Seoul
As always, love the pics and your narration ❤️
25th February 2024

Seoul
Thank you for following along and commenting. Korea is a good experience and we''l tell you about all the wonderful food soon.
25th February 2024

Korean Memories
Ah, so wonderful to read this blog! Not only does it bring back amazing memories for me from my own trip to Seoul a few years ago, it is also wonderful to see you both in your element and travelling again! The Business Class trip looks amazing, and a great birthday treat. So glad you got to see Suwon, which was on my own list but due to lack of time, I couldn't quite make it. And the Yoido Church! I'm so touched that you also went there and thought of me ☺️ I'm glad to read that you were able to still do part of the DMZ trip, even though the JSA wasn't available. There is so much to learn and take in at this very unusual part of the world. A wonderful read! 😁
25th February 2024

Korean Memories
We are enjoying being on the road again and following in your footsteps. The business class was a delight. We learned a great deal and enjoyed the DMZ tour even though the JSA was not open. The War Memorial Museum was well done. Thanks for commenting.
25th February 2024

Memories
Interesting to see Korea from a tourist perspective. During our three years in China we didn't get to visit Korea but did see it from Dandong on the NorthEast border of China (the end of the Great wall). One of our favourite Chinese contacts was a big fan of Korea and Korean food so we did experience some of what I think we will hear about in the next blog. Interesting similarities and differences to what we experienced in our Chinese travels. paw
25th February 2024

Memories
I would imagine my tourist view is entirely different than the experience you had. I would love to read a blog of your three years in China and your take on the views you had of the situation.
24th February 2024

S Korea
How fortunate that you have a local guide to hold your hands and help you to get the most of your time in Seoul. I was last there back in 1986 and recall it was a clean and somewhat Americanised City, but I was on business and regrettably had little time for exploration. Your record of your visit is a delight to read.
24th February 2024

S. Korea
David, it is great hearing from you. We do feel fortunate to explore the city with friends and easily take us to the things we wanted to visit. The bus and subway system is well organized so it is not difficult to get around. We enjoyed staying in a non-tourist part of town where we were the only white people. The locals enjoyed helping us... such kind people.
24th February 2024
Quiet Contemplation

On US soldier and on travelling in business class
The US soldier who last year crossed the border to North Korea at the DMZ was released after negotiations by staff from the Swedish Embassy. The US doesn't have diplomatic relations with North Korea. Instead all connections on embassy level between USA and North Korea goes through the Swedish embassy. I actually get to travel business class every now and then when economy class is overbooked. I took me years to understand why they so often pick me to get upgraded instead of someone else. I believe that it's because of my name. My given name is Åke. The first letter, Å, doesn't exist in the English alphabet. It is automatically transcribed into a double A. So on airline bookings I get the name "Aake Dahlloef". The passenger lists are probably in alphabetical order by given name, making me mostly the first name on the list. When they upgrade passengers they probably go from the top and work themselves down. I have travelled business class maybe 10 times and never paid anything extra for it. I know Dave, life isn't fair. /Ake
24th February 2024
Quiet Contemplation

On US soldier and on traveling in business class
Thanks for sharing the information about the Americans release. Your luck with being upgraded to business class is amazing. We may need to change our names. LOL. It is a wonderful world up there and we will long for it in the future.
24th February 2024

fascinating
This was a particularly interesting blog to me because it depicts such an amazing and different culture. How nice to have had such accommodating tour guides!
24th February 2024

fascinating
Good hearing from you Billie. We were excited to travel here and experience the culture. The people are so kind. It was great having friends who could show us their new city. We've really enjoyed our time here.
24th February 2024

Time has been good to South Korea
So, almost 30 years ago, I traveled for business to South Korea on multiple occasions. As you two know, I love the cultures in that region of the world. I must say I am happy to read your impressions of how clean and progressive you found things. That was not the case when I was there. They were still struggling to get to what you find there today. The pride of the people was so obvious and hard not to admire because general living conditions were still on the mend. I look forward to the food blog to come next. P.S. - Lisa's oil painting arrived yesterday. Lot's of good memories attached to that beautiful oil. :)
25th February 2024

Time has been good to South Korea
Dave here....an amazingly clean and progressive place. The country has come very far in the last 70 or so years. On to Jeju Island for more adventure.....
6th February 2024

Beautiful!
St. Kitts is definitely on the list!
6th February 2024

Beautiful
Thank you for reading and commenting. It is a quiet island with lots of water spouts to keep you busy.
25th January 2024

Booo to the ferry mix-up
The ferry terminal saga is a great way to get the heart racing at the start of a trip! Although I wondered if the staff at the first terminal couldn't have guessed what was going on and made the process a bit easier for you. Glad it worked out for you in the end... and Nevis looks lovely! :)
From Blog: Navigating Nevis
25th January 2024

Boo to the ferry mix-up
Yes, I think the staff at the ferry terminal could have given better information but the car rental people should have known where it is. We asked for directions to the correct one and receive the wrong information. Oh well, it worked out.
From Blog: Navigating Nevis
14th January 2024

TCC club counting system
We've got no hope. Oz is so far from anywhere!!!! .... and the whole of massive Oz counts as one destination (except I think for tiny Tassie), but two tiny islands in the Carribean count as two. Give me a break.....
14th January 2024

TCC club counting
The U.S. counts as 3 only because Alaska and Hawaii are so far from the mainland just as Tasmania. The territories are based on population and government. If you read the website it is explained. You've been to a lot of the locations and they have a group in Australia.
7th January 2024

More Avis Travel Issues
I can't believe they sent you to the wrong ferry terminal. Very glad you were able to put things in order and make it on time. I have been in that navigator's seat before and know the pressure of trying to get somewhere. Sounds like a relaxing time on the island though.
From Blog: Navigating Nevis
7th January 2024

More Avis Travel Issues
It was stressful for a bit but we made it on time and gave us one more thing to laugh about. We had a nice few days.
From Blog: Navigating Nevis
7th January 2024

Its always nice to go back and reread a blog from your fellow travelers. Compare notes! Thank you for inspiring me to visit Jordan.
7th January 2024

Jordan Travels
I'm glad you had a good time in Jordan. We really enjoyed our time there.

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