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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
TITLE: RETURN FROM TOMORROW
By Emily Blakely
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Exit day–a whirlwind of activity began with early morning breakfast provided by a missionary couple, then off to be a tourist–museum, souvenir shopping and a cultural concert. The evening was capped by dinner with a second missionary couple. A final rush to pack for the airport–departure time was set at midnight when Saturday would change to Sunday, August 5, 2007.
From Ulaanbaatar my flight was a few hours to Seoul, Korea where I had a very long, day layover. The airport had only a few travelers inside at that pre-dawn hour, and was quite a comfortable spot to get refreshed and sleep a little before the hustle and bustle of airport traffic would start up.
Once refreshed, I found a bookshop that also sold phone cards and purchased one to call my husband. He was anxiously awaiting news that I was, in fact, returning. I must admit that I was more than a little anxious to hear his voice. I placed the call. It was 6:30 Sunday morning in Seoul. My husband answered his cell phone and it was 4:30 Saturday afternoon. We shouted for joy at hearing each other’s voice.
The remainder of layover time was spent napping, eating, exploring shops (duty-free does not mean cheap) and doing a free craft offered to experience a Korean art form. My guess is that a long layover in Seoul is not uncommon.
Departure was on time: 6:30 p.m., still Sunday, August 5th. A 10-hour flight, a plane change in Seattle, and final touchdown–Portland, Oregon. The time? 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 5th.
After the phone call from Seoul, my husband sent word to family and friends that, “Emily will return from tomorrow.....tomorrow.” I returned a half-hour earlier than I left. Confusing?
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