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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

Jessica and I spent our final day in South Korea in Seoul.  One of the sites we wanted to make sure to see was Gyeongbokgung Palace. Located on the north side of the city it was the royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. The Palace was originally constructed in 1395, however over the years many of the buildings have suffered…

House of Switzerland

Before our time in PyeongChang came to an end we wanted to make sure to fit in a visit to House of Switzerland. This hospitality house is located at the bottom of the Yongpyong Resort ski hill. USA is next door and Sweden House is a short walk away. We did not have a chance to go inside where lunch…

Big Air Draws Big Crowds

On Saturday I headed up to the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre to watch the Men’s Finals of Big Air. This was Big Air’s Olympic debut and the event drew a huge crowd. I would say it was the most well-attended event that I had seen. I am curious to know if the fact that it was a Saturday drew more…

Men’s Free Style Skating

As I mentioned in my previous blog post about our visit to Jet Set Sports, the company’s Co-CEO, Alan Dizdarevik, generously gave our group tickets to the Men’s Free Skating. The event was categorized as high demand, and was by far the most well-attended event that I have been to. For American’s, there has been a lot of hype around…

Jet Set Sports Tour

Today we had the opportunity to meet Alan Dizdarevic, Co-CEO of Jet Set Sports. Jet Set was founded in 1975 by Dizdarevic’s father and is the official Olympics Authorized Ticket Reseller (ATR) for the United States. Alan showed us around their office here in Gangneung and along the way explained their operations for both their businesses: Co Sport (tickets for…

Messages of Hope and Peace at Opening Ceremony

On Friday evening, I attended the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympics. Not only did the Opening Ceremony mark the beginning of the Games but was also a celebration of Korean culture. The two-hour program was absolutely spectacular. According to the official PyeongChang 2018, “Opening Ceremony Director SONG Seung-hwan (KOR) expanded on his vision for the Ceremony. “The intention was…

IAD -> ICN

We have arrived in PyeongChang! I flew to Seoul on Korean Air, an official partner of the Games. I took the opportunity to use some of the 14-hour flight to learn a little more about the various sports and events of the 35th Olympic Games. As part of the in-flight entertainment, Korean Air included short 10-15 minute Olympic sports informational…