Now, here I was again. After another emotional season - but for totally different reasons - I was being given a second invitation to visit what was arguably one of my favorite cities, to reunite with friends and to experience more of the culture and history. So, when our skater called and asked me to accompany him for Yu na's summer show, "All That Skate," I jumped at the chance. I hadn't seen my son since Vancouver and the prospect of having even a small amount of "alone time" with him was a big attraction; the chance to return to Seoul for a second visit was also not a small part of the equation.
From the time I accepted the invitation to the actual date of departure was only about two weeks. I had to act quickly. I started reconnecting with the ladies from our skater's Korean fan club. I posted on Facebook that I was coming over and asked who was going to be there. The response was heartening - and a little overwhelming. Not only were my friends from last trip excited, they started planning for things to see and do in the limited time I had to visit. I also heard from friends in Japan who were coming to Seoul for the show. I found myself wondering if I was going to be able to accomplish everything I wanted to do, see everyone I wanted to see and still have time to spend with my son. But of course I am "Super Woman." I can do it all. There's never been a hectic schedule I didn't LOVE to meet and beat because - well - that's what I do.
I resurrected the list of Korean phrases I had dutifully studied the last time around. I actually remembered two things from my last trip: "Hello" (