Things don’t always go the way you plan them!

I should be in Chiang Mai doing a cooking class, instead here I am in Seoul where the weather is almost the same as in Edmonton. Just for one second I thought “oh no ” this is going to mess up all my plans. It would have been easy to let myself get disappointed but I reminded myself that universe is perfect the way it is and I am meant to stay the extra day in Seoul. The airline lady kept apologizing that they couldn’t send us on our way to Chiang Mai but I kept on smiling and was almost euphoric; there was nothing that was going to dampen my spirit. I was ready to appreciate and be grateful for what ever the universe offered. It turned out it was a special day in Seoul, it was their Lunar New Years Day. Traditionally, tour lady told me later, they stay home, cook lot of food and spend the day with the family having fun.

I also had adventure on the aeroplane coming to Seoul, one of the passengers fainted, being the only physician on board I had to attend to her. I was able to help the lady who fainted , reassure the aeroplane staff and saved them mounds of paper work. They were grateful and give me a bottle of wine for my services.

I ended up meeting a fellow traveller , Randy from Vancouver, who was also in the same situation as me, he too was going to Chiang Mai to stay with his brother for six weeks but ended up missing the flight because our flight was delayed in Vancouver by one and half hours. We started talking and had a very pleasant conversation. We checked into the same hotel and went to dinner together, ended having a delicious chicken curry cooked in Korean style. In the morning we took in a Seoul City tour, it was cold but had fun looking at what Seoul City had to offer its visitors. It seems like a very modern city and here are a glimpse of what I saw:-

Seoul City Lunar New Years Day 2012

Randy - new friend from Vancouver

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Seoul City - Lunar New Year 2012

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