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Just back from Seoul, Korea! My first trip to Korea; what a time it was. I travelled there with my childhood friend Young-il Choi, exploring means of taking the best "green" know-how from California and America, and sharing it with his country. It was an honor and pleasure to visit Korea and to meet his family and friends. We call the venture "EcoMotion Korea."
We'd been sponsored by The Hope Institute to advise its Climate Change Division on the country's sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction plans - specifically two advisory reports being prepared for two medium-size cities. I gave four lectures during the week, two in Seoul, one in Hwaseong City, the other in Ansan City. In addition to attending a half dozen briefings and meetings, we visited the world's largest tidal power plant and a biodiesel plant that refines Malaysian palm oil for Korean mobility.
Young-il insisted that I also see the sights, from the top of Seoul Tower to JUMP, a martial arts comedy where I was dragged on stage for some prime-time embarrassment, to a traditional concert with amazing percussion/drum and zither performances. We also hit an Asian Hockey League game (an ice-hockey league with teams from Korea, Japan and China). And, of course, we had a lot of great food: kimchi (a popular fermented dish made of vegetables and spicey seasonings); bulgogi (a charcoal-grilled meat dish); ghe-jahng (sweet, raw crab meet in chilli sauce); and much more.