Roy, KBS Documentary, and a send-off to Seoul

I apologize for being a bit late on my promise to write about this return journey to Seoul…
send-off catie and roy

Roy (right), the director of a Korean documentary series called “Scenes of Life” for the Korean network KBS flew into Birmingham to document my return journey to South Korea. His show has helped many Korean adoptees find their birth families. I haven’t had much time to think about the possibility of finding mine–I didn’t even know it was possible, but Roy and KBS have a history of reuniting adoptees with their birth families… Roy has been, literally in my face, since Thursday….We took a break from shooting. My friends (Catie on the left, and my fabulous web designer back left) got together to send me off–we attempted to make cabbage kimchi, but ended up drinking more than eating.

Initially, I was invited by The Seoul Metropolitan Governement to visit Seoul. I haven’t been back since 1994…but this time I am returning to my birth country on my own terms and with an open heart.
Here, I am with some flight attendants from Korea Airlines in Atlanta. korean air

The view of the Han River from my room at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul. I turn over in the early morning and look out over the city (of over 10 million people) and wonder if someone out there remembers me….

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  1. May 9, 2008 11:08 am by jenanime Reply

    Looks like a great start. What an amazing journey it must have been. I am sure that someone there in Korea remembers you as a young child. You are very brave for facing your doubts and fears and returning to your birth place again. What an amazing view from your hotel.

  2. May 9, 2008 4:41 pm by Gayle Reply

    I appreciate the “fabulous web designer” descriptor. Still, I think my favorite compliment was when your friend Katie called me a “web goddess”. Who doesn’t love to be, even briefly and mistakenly, considered a small “d” deity in some area of life? Glad I was in the pic background since I had just dropped by after a work out. You guys know how to do a bon voyage party!

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