January 31- We didn’t berth in Pusan until 3 am this morning. Although four of the crew were able to leave for the airport and home (and their replacements came aboard), I would need to be cleared by Korean immigration before being allowed to wander, and there wasn’t time to get the necessary clearances. It was unlikely that there would be much to see at that hour anyway. Still the Pusan harbor is pretty, the sun was shining, and I was able to enjoy another breakfast of “Melva Toast” – fried bread topped with Canadian bacon, and canned peaches, all covered in cheese. I also picked up part of a Korean soap opera on the TV in my cabin. Although I couldn’t understand the dialogue, I believe an attractive young woman was about to have her heart broken.
The East China Sea is flat today as we head south and the sun is taking care of the remaining snow on the deck. I am able to listen to unusual Japanese FM radio stations and have a porthole open for the ocean air.