We left Cairo at the end of June and spent ten days in Italy as a buffer between homes. We all needed some down time, time to recoup after leaving high-stress Egypt. And we found complete respite in the lakes and mountains of Switzerland. We enjoyed our time at the foot of the Alps so much, we went there nearly every day. (More about that on the travel side!)
Finally, it came time to leave Italy, so we flew from Milan to London and then London direct to Seoul. SuperHub and I had decided way ahead of time that we would save up to do a purchase upgrade on the flight to Seoul, as those overnight flights are killer. It turned out to be a fabulous choice for us, since there were only 6 people in the 30 seat Economy Plus cabin. We had quiet, space, control over the lights and air, and really enjoyed a blissful flight. Thankfully the kiddos slept for 6 hours each, so their jet lag was much shorter lived than ours.
Arrival in Seoul was relatively easy, as the airport has tons of signs in English for the upcoming Olympics. We arrived, got our bags and settled in for a two and a half hour wait for the hour bus ride to Seoul. The bus ride was lovely, and reminded us all of our time in Hawaii. In fact, much of Seoul reminds me of Honolulu. For that reason, I think we all feel pretty at home here. Honestly, it's a bit jarring when someone speaks to me in Korean, because it shakes me out of my fantasy that we are back home in Hawaii. :D
We arrived on post and I began my SuperMom whirlwind of running from office to office to get us on a list for housing (oh, sweet bureaucracy) and get us put into the various systems we had to use the commissary and purchase things on post. My sweet southern pushiness got us placed into a home on day 2 (yeah!!) and we moved in on day 5 in country. We spent those interim days at the post lodging where our son found the wonders of whipped butter and is now quite a demanding chap wanting "whooped" butter on everything.
Here are a few photos from our first days, and from our crazed journey. I hope you enjoy!