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Last night after work I went ice-skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. I think I was a little too ambitious, as I feel exhausted this morning, although I slept well. The below-freezing temps don't help.

Luckily work is pretty quiet. I'm finalizing my travel arrangements. I fly to Seoul on the 30th, and then on to Bangkok the next day. Then back to Seoul on Feb. 13th, and arriving in DC the 14th. I'm really not looking forward to digging out my summer clothes from the basement. Or the 14+ hour flight.

I got my diplomatic passport. It's black. Somehow I assumed it would be a bright garish green with sparkly lights and a chorus of angels when it's opened. Alas, it's not the case. Budget cuts, perhaps?

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On January 15th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC), curieuse commented:
I didn't know diplomats got special passports! That's so cool.

Edited at 2009-01-15 02:49 pm (UTC)
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On January 15th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
With this baby I can breeze through customs without being checked!
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On January 16th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC), curieuse replied:
That is so, so cool!! :)
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On January 15th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC), seegrim commented:
Your travel arrangements make me dizzy. Especially the flight times... Ugh.

The husband served his mission in Seoul. (Random, sorry).

Somehow I assumed it would be a bright garish green with sparkly lights and a chorus of angels when it's opened. Alas, it's not the case. Budget cuts, perhaps?

LOL!
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On January 15th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yeah. The other times I've flown in that direction have been from CA, not this side. Too bad I'm not spending more time in Korea, it'd be neat to look around.
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On January 15th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! It is impressive.

I brought my own, but you can rent skates there too. It's really fun.
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On January 15th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC), four_alarm commented:
Darn the recession and its budget cuts!
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On January 15th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I would've settled for the chorus of angels.
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On January 16th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC), four_alarm replied:
You gotta ring a bell so they can get their wings to come sing for you. So demanding!
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On January 16th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC), rmurphysf commented:
Paul and I did a tour around the Inchon airport that was a lot of fun. They have several different tours of varying lengths. Check it out. We had a very sweet guide who took us to the beach, a small fish market and a mountain temple for tea. It was a taste of Korea in about two hours.

And there's always the special Rodney tour of San Francisco if you have a layover here.
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On January 16th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC), paulnc commented:
Oh, Rodney and I really liked the Seoul airport. If you have time, check out some of the short trips from the airport. I remember a 2 or 3 hour one to a local spa. We did a 4 or 5 hour tour around Incheon Island. They even have longer ones (like 10 hours) where they'll take you into Seoul. I would love to go back and see more of Korea.
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On January 17th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Will you send me the info?! I have a whole day layover on the way back.
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On January 17th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC), paulnc commented:
Check out the Incheon airport at http://www.airport.kr/eng/airport/. Click on Tourism Information on the top bar and you'll see info about the tours. They also have GREAT showers at the airport for travellers.
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On January 17th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks!
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On January 18th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
I think you only get the sparkly lights now when they scan the RFID chip. The angelic chorus was phased out after some people got all bent out of shape over the mixing of Church and State.

(P. S. I saw the pic of your passport, too cool!)
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On January 18th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Aw, shucks.
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