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Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Palgongsan June 6th 2013

6th June: A gift from the Gods. A four day weekend. But due to prior commitments, I was unable to leave Korea, as I had to be in back in Seoul for the Saturday morning. So where should I go? Not really enough time to go to Busan, so I settled on Daegu, Korea's third largest city. However there didn't seem like there would be a great deal to do there. I was on the slow train again to save money. I left Suwon around 7:45 and got in to Dong Daegu station around 11:15. After getting myself sorted I headed into the tourist information office to ask about buses to Palgongsan Provincial Park. My original idea was to hike there today, and spend the next day in the city. The woman in the office asked ... read more
Gatbawi
Near the Small Temple
Near the Small Temple

Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Suseong-gu April 28th 2013

I will take an official trip to Japan from May 14th,2013 to May 23th, 2013. To my luck, I will catch this opportunity to understand the Japanese culture,to travel Tokyo and Osaka and to visit three elementary schools in Tokyo city and Saitama, near Tokyo city. A month ago, I applied to this request program for Korean teachers by the department of foreign affairs of Japan government. I was chosen as the member of this official trip delegation to Japan. This is my official schedul during my official visit to Japan. this schedule is arranged by the department of foreign affairs, Japan. the cost of this official visit to Japan is sponsored by the official funds of foreign affairs, Japan. Hahaha~~~ :) :) :) 日本外務省(公益財團法人日韓文化交流基金)招請日本短期硏修 5月 14日 : 金海空港(KOR) 出發(10:55)->成田空港(JPN)到着(12:55) flight NO. O... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu April 6th 2013

I wrote this over a month ago, before leaving Daegu, but I didn't have a chance to post it. My two-year stint in Daegu is approaching its end—just one more week until I fly from Incheon Airport to Kuala Lumpur, and then on to New Delhi. Because I haven't taught real classes since December 20 or so, school life has been super-boring. It has gone really slowly. But the rest of my life has just flown by the last couple of months. Between trying to hang out with friends a lot before they and I leave, small trips around Korea, and planning for India/packing up my life, I've been busy. I've said goodbye to most of my best friends in Korea already because they're on vacation and won't return to Korea until after I leave. Because ... read more
On Temple Near Gatbawi
Near Gatbawi
Gatbawi and Worshippers

Asia » South Korea » Daegu February 21st 2013

Having spent two years in this architecturally-ugly/mountain-pretty city, I thought I'd share some lists I made for people newly arrived to Daegu. Regular readers can just skip ahead to the next entry. Most pics are from other blogs--I just wanted to advertise the places a bit ~~ My Favorite Places in Korea: -Ulleungdo (Ulleung Island)--really steep hills, awesome rocks, and beautiful views and water colors -Tongyeong and Bijindo (Bijin Island)--Tongyeong itself is kind of a port city, but it has a replica Turtle Ship, cool mural-covered neighborhood up a hill, outdoor art museum, and lots of ferries to nearby islands like Bijindo, where you can camp on the beach (semi-illegally) -Upo Wetland—nice day-trip to nature; good place for bike riding or a stroll -Waterfalls near Bogyeongsa (Bogyeong Temple)--easily the best small waterfalls on mainland Korea that ... read more
Ullengdo Near Taeha Lighthouse
Ulleungdo Near Taeha
Murals in Tongyeong

Asia » South Korea » Daegu November 4th 2012

I thought I’d fill you in on Korean heterosexual relationships. As you might expect, couple relationships in Korea tend to be different from those at home. Sometimes, these things are quite obvious. For example, often, couples in Korea hang out in public in “couple outfits”—matching clothing, which can range from only similar shoes or shirts to both wearing identical outfits. (However, there’s a saying that if a guy buys a girl shoes, she can use them to run away from him (dump him), so shoes might not be the best idea.) Public displays of affection are, however, way less common here. It’s not appropriate to kiss in public, although hand-holding is common. Young couples don’t have much privacy though. Most people live with their parents until they’re married, even during college and after they have a ... read more
Before the Walk Down the Aisle
During the Ceremony
Guy Serenading the Couple

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Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Jung-gu October 24th 2012

Day 39 (Mon 15thOct) Today I had planned on going to a national park north east of Daegu for a bit of a hike and to see a few temples around there but due to waking up with an incredibly sore abdomen which is down to the sunmudo martial arts I was doing at the temple stay I’m in way too much discomfort for that. I was just pottering around the hostel when the girl (Sookie) who works here asked if I fancied going with her to watch the national volleyball finals week. It seems Daegu is hosting the national sports festival this week so there’s a lot of sport going on. As I had no other plans it made sense to go plus it’s a new sport that I’d not seen before. We got the ... read more
Buinsa Temple
Hahoe Folk Village
Hahoe Folk Village

Asia » South Korea » Daegu September 20th 2012

I’m about a month into my last semester in Korea. I can’t believe these last (almost 7!) months have gone so quickly. My second year has unquestionably been more difficult than my first. From most of my best friends moving out of my city, to feeling alienated once the other native English teacher left my school, to finding out an organization I’d spent a lot of time working with was associated with a fringe Korean church (or most say ‘cult’, but that’s the point of this post)—I’ve made it through a lot of changes. It’s only going to be uphill from here, as now I have to consider what to do after my contract finishes in February. Now, about the “cult”, it’s quite a long story, but I’ll try to keep it simple. A note: It's ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu July 17th 2012

Having lived in Daegu for about 17 months now, I’m finally starting to realize some of the things I’d come to know as ‘Korea’ are actually more ‘Daegu’ things. First, let me give you a quick rundown of Daegu. It’s towards the center of the country, but in the southeast. It’s the fourth-largest city in Korea, after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon (near Seoul), but keep in mind that Seoul and Incheon together hold half of South Koreans. Daegu is in a valley that is known for having hot, humid summers and cold winters. So let me begin by talking about one consequence of Daegu’s geographical location—the fact that historically residents were a bit cut off from the outside. I’ve studied Korean since before I came to Korea, and I still have difficulty understanding te... read more
New in Daegu
Mural Showing Life in the Past
Another Mural

Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Dalseo-Gu June 22nd 2012

Okay so I have been living in Korea and trying to learn the ropes of teaching English as a foreign language for 121 days! So instead of just writing about weekend adventures and the like I thought I’d write about a weekday in my life. I teach at an all-girls private high school in Daegu which is kind of in the south east of the peninsula and is starting to get hot (its apparently the hottest place in the country and will be the most humid). When I say private school I don’t mean an English academy that students go to in the evening after normal classes. It’s like a public school but parents pay more to send their daughters here. So my English classroom is pretty amazing because of this. I only teach first grade ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu April 25th 2012

So I am really lame at this blog but have decided to sort it out because I have some spare time this week. So in brief recently I’ve been getting out and about in Daegu, climbing Palgong Mountain (the hardest route but awe inspiring and well worth it when we got to the top), going to beer festivals in the rain in Seoul and generally continuing to adapt to life living as an alien in Korea. As I’ve been in Korea for over two months and have been at my school for two months I thought I’d have a think about the aspects of living in Korea that are different to back in Manchester. I’ll try to update over the next few days. Being a bit famous Okay so only a bit famous and not quite ... read more




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