IMG_0591Like last year I congratulated Faro and his parents on his birthday but could not stay for the party the next day due to my travel schedule. Axel represented the Lobster Cove contingent/and Tessa Dorchester.

The tiny bike I had bought Faro was still too big as only one of his feet could reach the ground. He is apparently growing an inch a month so it won`t be long.

The advantage of being there on the birthday proper is that I didn`t have to share him with all the other grandparents, aunts and uncles. Axel and I had him all to ourselves. We played in the garden, took a miniature train ride in Look park and went out for dinner.

My departure was not as leisurely as we had planned. A last minute schedule change of my Delta flight to Korea guaranteed that I would miss my connecting flight to Mongolia. One hour of phone calls later we had to dash off to the airport to catch a much earlier flight to Chicago to connect to a Korean Airliner that would get me to Seoul in time for my connecting flight.

And now I am in Seoul, or Incheon to be precise. I am looking out over the tarmac, recharging myself and my devices. The 19 hours I have spent so far in planes and airports took a bite out of me.

The airport is connected to the world as one would expect in the land of Samsung, but also to its past. A royal procession was marching through the terminal with traditional drum/music coming from a tablet mounted on a little cart. The traditional costumes are both exquisite and strange, making me wonder how they came into being all these years ago. What were the designers thinking? They certainly were not designed for living.

Looking on, behind the travelers, were Charlie Brown and Hello Kitty, each with their own gift shop/cafe. As in Japan, cartoon characters are immensely popular, more popular than in the countries that created these two characters.

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