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Posted Thursday, May 1, 2008, at 8:04 AM

I am finally in a hotel after 5 days of no communication access. We are all tired and a bit homesick but time is passing, even if it is passing slowly. Each morning we are picked up by a different group of Koreans and you never know which way it's going to go. Sometimes they're gracious and fun; other times they're unbearable. Each day is different. We have been fortunate to have interpretors every day, though, which helps some (depending on their abilities). Some tension among the team at times but overall I am doing ok. I have a great roommate. Just wanted to let everyone know I'm ok, and can't wait to get home!!!!!!! I hope everyone is well. I miss you all.

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What type of projects do you work on each day Sadie? Does the friendliness change with the type of goal for each day?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 11:09 AM


yes there will be team tension. There are 5 different personalities, and those 5 personalities are in a stressful situation. You will come to appreciate them and the bond you share, and it will come quicker than you realize. I do know exaxctly what you are going through, as your feelings mirror the ones I experienced. I am sure you are beginning to understand what was meant by the planners of GSE when they told you that there was no way a trip like this can ever be duplicated. Good luck


-- Posted by gottago on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 11:58 AM

It was great to finally see something from you today..We do not know each other but I am excited to read your blog..You all are very brave..Stay safe and I look forward to reading your blog next time..

-- Posted by rebelrose on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 12:46 PM


Each day we are picked up by a different Rotary group and they plan our schedule. Yesterday, for example, we went to an attorney's office, district courts where we sat in on a trial, and then visited their government complexes. The day before that we went to a driving school, a shopping mall and a high school. Sometimes the Rotary groups are extremely gracious and they want to know everything about America. Those groups ask a lot of questions and there truly is a "cultural exchange." Other groups see their hosting us as an obligation rather than something they truly want to do. Those are the tough days.

My group is getting very tired but Koreans don't seem to understand the concept of "a day off."

Last night we were invited into a Rotarians home for dinner for the first time since we've been here. They had a Korean barbecue and believe it or not, their ribs, steak and sausage was terrific. It was just like eating at home. Although we're tired of all the Korean side dishes, the fruit in this country is the freshest I've ever tasted.

-- Posted by sfowler on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 7:48 PM


You will not eat rice for MONTHS after you return. I still can't eat shrimp after having it stare at me with those eyes at breakfast.

I agree about the fruit. Don't you wish you could bring it home?


-- Posted by gottago on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 7:59 PM

Sadie, we miss you here! i hope you're soaking up every experience you can there. I know it's different, but it's once in a lifetime. Can't wait til you get home.

-- Posted by jamie jo on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 9:47 AM

Sadie: I miss you. Life at the T-G is not the same without you. We have a new editor who just arrived. You are in my prayers. Enjoy every day to the fullest. God bless you! Daddy Doug!

-- Posted by dmdezotell on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 4:04 PM

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