the journey and the shave... 19 February 2000
Some readers may recall that the first time we came to Korea we flew the "wrong" way: East from NYC over Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with a four-hour stopoff in Malaysia. This time we left from Dallas, and the route was considerably more sane. After a 30-minute break to transfer planes in San Francisco, it was straight on to Seoul.
We found a hotel in Seoul for the night--with a four-hour bus ride or one-hour flight to Kwangju facing us, we weren't anxious to continue on our trip right away. Jet-lagged beyond all reason and laughing like crazed leprechauns, we shaved off Rob's beard, step by step, and photographed the whole spectacle.
After discovering that several of the teachers on staff at Chosun wear facial hair, Rob grew the beard back after a month.