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Busan, South Korea

December 9, 2012


I’ve grown up hearing about Korea and the traditions.  My mom spent 4 years of her childhood there because her parents were missionaries.  I remember growing up and playing with several of the traditional Korean dresses that used to belong to mom.  The first stop of the Asian tour was Busan (pronounced Pusan), a city at the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. The Beomeosa Temple in Busan had some beautiful architecture, and there were many smaller temples all around.  The colors were exquisite and much different from what I was used to in Japan.  There were little figurines of men on top of most of the temples.  We visited on a Sunday, and there was a Buddhist service being held in the main square.  There must have been about 400 people, and several news cameras.  Something special was going on, but I wasn’t sure what.  A swastika was printed on one of the temples.  (see pic) The Nazi swastika we are used to seeing is actually a “reverse” swastika. The swastika was widely used in ancient times as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune.  Too bad that its seen now as something that represents evil. As we were leaving, I saw a group of kids playing in the river.  I just wanted to include the pic because it makes me happy 🙂Temple ColorsLittle MenBackward SwastikaKorean Kids



August 15, 2012

Tasmania was the closest to what I had imagined Australia to look like.  Much of mainland Australian reminded me of big cities at home, but with an awesome accent.  We toured the major coastal cities, and only flew over the Outback, which of course is a whole other world.  The urban pockets, though,  reminded me of places I’d been in The States. *Cue arrival to Tasmania*

Just flying into Hobart already presented a dramatically different landscape. It was mountainous and not nearly as developed as cities on the mainland. The pace is more laid back, too. After the show in Melbourne, someone asked where we were going next. When I mentioned Hobart, he gave a little sarcastic chuckle and said something to the effect of, “Prepare to have your patience tried. They do things a lot slower down there.” I responded with, “Oh, kind of like the reputation The South has in The States for not rushing through things, and slowing down to enjoy life? That’s how I was raised, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy Hobart!”  His expression changed and I could tell the wheels were turning.  The pace was slower, and the Tasman people turned out to be the most enthusiastic crowd of the whole Australian tour! The one thing I remember most about my stay in Hobart, however, was the amazing, full rainbow over the water right outside of my hotel window. (see pic)

What Tasmanian blog would be complete without a Tasmanian Devil? (see pic) Although I saw this guy on the mainland, I had to include him here. It was sad to see them in the confined space. Both kept running in endless circles. I’m not exaggerating when I say endless. It seemed as if they had gone mad 😦

I very much enjoyed the month I spent in Australia. The people and culture are lovely. I included a picture of the currency, because it was so colorful and pretty- almost too pretty and felt like monopoly money. We had to be careful, because our dollar was so weak over there! Thanks to the country of Australia for being so hospitable to the MBO camp!

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