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Friday, April 21, 2017

PaGA 2017: Day 26 Seoul to Munich

I noticed today that this blog site had 62,226 visitors during this past month, breaking my all-time record.  I just noticed that the 221st country just visited Planet Earth and Humanity, Kosovo.  According to my Flag Counter page:

The central Balkans were part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires before ethnic Serbs migrated to the territories of modern Kosovo in the 7th century....there is a lot of history, but this description ends with:


On 17 February 2008, the Kosovo Assembly declared Kosovo independent. Since then, over 100 countries have recognized Kosovo, and it has joined the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and is in the process of signing a framework agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB). In October 2008, Serbia sought an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legality under international law of Kosovo's declaration of independence. The ICJ released the advisory opinion in July 2010 affirming that Kosovo's declaration of independence did not violate general principles of international law, UN Security Council Resolution 1244, or the Constitutive Framework. The opinion was closely tailored to Kosovo's unique history and circumstances. Serbia continues to reject Kosovo's independence, but the two countries are currently engaged in an EU-facilitated dialogue aimed at normalizing the countries' relations.

Well, anyway, Feast, one of my very favorite places to have breakfast before leaving for Incheon International Airport:


Tulips and cherry blossoms are here:


Wind energy conversion devices and tides:


The average tide for Incheon is 35 feet, more than ten times that of most places.  This was a major factor when General Douglas MacArthur invaded Incheon in 1951.  South Korea has long been planning for a $3.5 billion Incheon Tidal Power Station of 1,320 megawatts.  Environmental concerns are currently delaying progress.

While not intended to be some kind of phallic statement, the large sculpture heading into the airport certainly looks like one

Had a brunch at the Asiana Lounge;


My Lufthansa plane to Munich:


It was an enjoyable but exhausting 11-hour flight:


Saw three films and couldn't sleep.

The taxi ride to the Westin Grand Munich cost around $70.  The view from my room is spectacular:


That's snow on those mountains.  The Executive Club Lounge was modest but okay:


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