It’s a real eye-opener when you realize your child has grown into a responsible young adult. You knew it was coming, has been coming, but there is a definable moment when it hits you. Hahaha! Yep!
Kali texted me this photo early this morning. Several months ago she called – excited – and told me her karate school was making a trip to South Korea and she wanted to go. A kind of overwhelming idea actually. South Korea shares borders with North Korea. And once I got past that part, there was the cost. Not an inexpensive trip at all. With all that said – Kali put the total cost of this trip together on her own. Financial responsibility. She has it. Adulting 101.
Then there was the part about being away from work that long. Kali had all that under control, then decided to change jobs for various reasons. When she returns from Seoul she will be starting a new job. Adulting 102 and she has it under control. But. Let me explain these photos a bit. Kali ok’d for me to show you. This outfit is called a hanbok. Basically the Korean version of a kimono. Kali is traveling with a group of instructors, students and parents from her martial arts school. They rented these outfits for their first morning in Seoul. For the most part they will be wearing karate clothing – doing lots of training and demos while they travel South Korea. All these photos were taken after sleeping for 3 hours, after a 24 hour flight plan to get there from Colorado.
Kali shot this photo of the Blue House, the presidential palace located in Seoul. Every president since World War II has lived here. The current president is making plans to move out in a plan to distance himself from the previous president. You can see the Bugaksan Mountain in the background. What a beautiful location!
The team also spent some time here. After googling a bit, I believe this is the Gyeongbokgung Palace in northern Seoul. It was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1395. Lots of fighting, destroying and rebuilding to get to the point you see in this photo. It is one of the main tourist sites in Seoul.
On the left is Master Sean, he is Kali’s instructor. I’d love to know who those rabbit fingers belong to. Hahahaha! And you can bet Master Sean would think it funny if he knew it was happening. Kali, have a super trip! Soak it all in. I am so proud of you for making this happen! What a once in a lifetime experience! You got this, baby girl!