In a city of 10 million, and a country still at war after more than half a century, we were amazed at so many things that we saw and learned that we would be glad to return. Along with over 43,000 others, we thoroughly enjoyed our 11th International Convention. The venue – the KINTEX center was a pair of immense buildings that were well suited to both the numbers and the event. Both Plenaries and breakouts were worthwhile and covered a large range of topics. Organized into 5 broad themes, there was something for everyone – whether a first time attendee or a seasoned Rotarian. What was typical of Seoul was the ‘wired-ness’ of the convention – RI produced a new app for tablets and phones that provided the ability to review the entire program electronically, select breakouts and other sessions and construct your personal schedule and view references for maps, transportation and other amenities. What was particularly handy was the ability to download (using Slideshare) the resources and slides from the breakouts.
We didn’t stay as long as we usually do but managed to get in a pre-convention day tour to the DMZ. Near the end of our time there, former exchange student Mai Yuki from Japan flew over to end 24 hours with us and take in some of the convention.  We managed to register her as an exchange student, even thought it was 0 years since she was with us on exchange. (She said she is going to return to Cranbrook again when she's 30 - in year years!!).  Of course the convention wasn't all speeches and breakout sessions - there was plenty of entertainment and it was wonderful to see and hear it all.
For a city of 10 million and a surrounding territory of over 26 million, you’d expect noise, mess and traffic. We never heard a single siren, the city was amazingly clean and traffic, though heavy was never horrid and moved better than In many areas we’ve been with lower populations. I hope to provide you with a program on Conventions including some items and slides from Seoul as well as the other venues we’ve been privileged to visit. I look forward to that morning in September.