So you have a layover in Seoul’s Incheon Airport, South Korea. If you know you have four or six or even nine hours in the Seoul airport, what can you do other than walk past the same trinket shop six times?
It’s an eerie feeling to be told you need to wear shoes you can run in when you visit Panmunjom on a DMZ Tour in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. True story. Although North and South Korea are not fighting at this time, the current events in 2015 indicate tensions remain high.
High above Seoul, nestled among the rocky crags of the city’s western mountain peak sits a shamanist shrine that remains off the typical tourist track of South Korea’s capital. The Guksadang shrine and the surrounding complex on Mt. Inwang-san offers views of Seoul that are unsurpassed — if you are willing to be a little adventurous – HI Travel Tales’ mantra of course.
Widely celebrated in many Asian countries, Buddha’s birthday festival in Seoul, South Korea, was one of the highlights of our visit there. We took part in temple celebrations, Buddha blessings and washings, were awed by colorful lanterns and candles, and attended parades….
Travel naturally inspires individuals to experience new cultures, food, adventures, and activities. Traveling with MS (multiple sclerosis), especially to exotic locations such as Costa Rica, adds an additional challenge that demands careful planning and flexibility.
There were a great many unknowns leading into our 14-day Papua New Guinea adventure with Journeys International. Safety in Port Moresby was a concern as was hygiene, malaria, the quality of food and drink, and transport reliability. Although there were a few minor glitches, everything went to plan and it was easy to enjoy the friendly people in Papua New Guinea, a seldom-visited part of the world.
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