26 May 2005, 5:00 am
The guys all did a good job making it on time to the meeting point at Davidson at 4:30 am, and despite the early time, we had a smooth flight from Charlotte to Chicago, and from Chicago to Incheon, Korea. In Chicago, we met the three of the other guys who were joining us for the trip: Coach Mike Cummings and midfielder Nick A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and midfielder Kris Olson from St. John’s (Minnesota). Once we got to Incheon in Korea, however, there was a bit of miscommunication between Transports and myself — instead of finding someone to meet us to take us to the airport right away, it turned out that we had to report to the KAL transit desk and then they would give us hotel vouchers. In addition, our flight had arrived early — it cost us a little more than an hour waiting at the airport, but in the meanwhile the guys and Patricia explored the Incheon airport — a new international airport serving the Korean capital of Seoul; they all seemed to be impressed with the technology and the amenities available in the airport.
Their cultural exploration started right away — I was with a number of the guys in a convenience store, and they marveled at both the familiarity and unfamiliarity of the drink offerings; John Hoke was somehow pleased by the sight of Fanta. Ryan Robertson and Nick Tapert immediately ordered a bowl of Korean noodles from a fast food shop. By 6:45 pm local time, we were in our hotel rooms in the airport Hyatt, and had a wonderful bulgogi (grilled beef) dinner in the hotel’s dining room. Except for the minor glitch at the airport, it was a good start to the trip! But I have to see how jet lag has affected everyone this morning — after a buffet breakfast, we are leaving for a 10:00 flight to Beijing, and should be there by noon.
TranSports sent the tickets and visas for China, and I have everyone’s passport and almost everyone’s tickets — they misspelled Garen and Ryan’s names, so those tickets will be coming on Monday morning. We will be joined by the Savannah College of Art and Design coach Mike Cummings and player Kristian Olson, and also a player from Texas A&M; I will bring cleats and run as an extra midfielder, while Rick Fehling coaches the team!
We will be meeting in front of Richardson at 4:30 am — set two alarms so you don’t get a phone call from me!
Here is a picture of the Davidson Wildcats that could make it out to Minnesota to play in the national championship tournament. On a cold and wet day that set a record low for a May 12 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, we lost to Harding University (Arkansas). The following day, we lost a consolation game to Calvin College (Michigan). But we are still Southeastern Lacrosse Conference Division B champions, and did get to see Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America, and celebrate Coach Kim Means’ birthday as a team!
Welcome to my foray into blogging! I am experimenting with this blog to help parents keep in touch with the Davidson men’s lacrosse players who will be travelling to China with me. If this works well, I will expand this blog to include notes on my fieldwork and to help with my teaching of anthropology at Davidson College.
An ethnographic film by Ryan Carvalho (’04), Derek Loh (’04), Mbye Njie (’04), Julie Rowell (’04), and Chelsea Staires (’07) for ANT 372 at Davidson College.