Sunday, April 13, 2008

I'm Not in Kansas Anymore

I took a short trip on Friday to Kansas City, which actually spans two states: Kansas and Missouri. I visited my colleague John, who worked and travelled with me throughout Asia for a couple of years. Because of various job changes and home moves, we haven't seen each other in maybe 2 years. Here are some photos of the whirlwind tour of Kansas City.

Here is the hotel that John recommended. This is the view from my room on the 5th floor. As you can see, the middle of the hotel is a big open space. They served a free breakfast down below, you can see the many breakfast tables.

On Friday morning I met with John and his new business partner Brian for breakfast at The Cracker Barrel (so I didn't take advantage of the free breakfast at the hotel). After that, we visited their new offices and had meetings until lunch time.

At lunch time, we drove around the city some, and stopped by John's parents house. I had heard so many stories about his parents and family, it was nice to finally meet them.

We had another business meeting that afternoon, then headed out for dinner in the downtown Kansas City area. I am so embarassed to admit what I ordered for dinner. The restaurant was very nice, and had many interesting items. Of all the choices, I had meatloaf. I know this is a simple, normal food, but this restaurant made a very special kind of meatloaf from beef and sausage mixed together. It was delicious. After that, we went for a few drinks until we met a fellow for a late business meeting.

The next morning, John took me out to see some farmland where he will build his new house. It was very large and beautiful, I think they will enjoy living there. Also, it began snowing, which made everything look even more pretty. We stopped by his wife's parents house, where I got to meet them as well. Here are some photos of the area near his land. First, here is a tobacco barn that is used to hang and dry the leaves after harvest.

Here is a view of the "Main Street" in the small town near the farm.

And here is the church established in the middle 1800's.

I had a great time, and look forward to our next meeting ... in Korea.

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