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Asia » South Korea » Seoul August 5th 2013

Aaaand, go! Yes, I am off on another wildlife-hunting trip. This one is a bit different to the others because the first four countries of this trip I have never been to before, which is exciting (well, five countries if you include Hong Kong airport.....and count Hong Kong as a country.....). But I’m not going to say what those countries are or where else I’m going or even how long I’ll be travelling for. This will be a thread of surprises – not least for me, because I haven’t really had a lot of time to do as much prep-work as I would have liked!! As usual I will be travelling alone, no guides, no language skills, no hope..... I can promise some very interesting and exciting animals along the way though (or, at the very ... read more
Phone box tank
weird cage for Prevost's squirrels
computer tank for pinecone fish

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Songpa-gu » Jamsil July 20th 2013

I had seen Color Me Rad on Facebook. It looked like fun, but not really my cup of tea. I mean me and running don't exactly go together. I have only ran once before in my life, when I was about 14 in one random P.E. lesson. I don't know what was the matter with me, as I usually spent most of my time skiving. So yeah, me and running ain't exactly bezzies. So one Sunday night, after a fab weekend with the girls celebrating Malia's birthday, when a facebook message was going around about doing Color Me Rad, well I gave in to peer pressure. Well everyone else was doing it, it seemed like a good idea to be a sheep in this case. So after many reassurances we would not be running, it's summer ... read more
The Start
The Start
Think Pink

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Hongdae June 9th 2013

My third trip up to Seoul and this was the first time I would see much of it! As my school gave me an optional day off work, I headed up by myself on Friday afternoon, taking the 5-hour bus for cheapness sake. We were staying at Base Camp hostel in Hongdae, the university area, and it has a really cool set-up: basically bunk beds in enormous canvas tents, in one large room. It was already very hot outside, a good 5 degrees hotter than in Busan at least. I headed off to Namsangol to see a traditional Hanok village. This area mostly consisted of five traditional Korean houses from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), recovered from different parts of the city and relocated to the northern foot of Namsan (mountain). The interiors of each of these ... read more
Samgypsal
Rocking the park
Haewoojae - Toilet Park

Asia » South Korea » Seoul June 7th 2013

드디어 시작이다 나에 서울탐방! 15년만에 한국에 온것도 기쁘지만 서울은 나에겐 새로움 그 자체나 마찬가지다. 아직도 6학년때 본 서울에 모습은 있지만 지금 만 27세에 본 서울과 그떄와는 엄청난 차이가 있기 마련이다. 2쨰날 난 사진기도 들지 않았고 우선 카페베네와 은행계좌를 틀려고 길을 나섰다. 동작구 건영아파트 105동 804호. 이민오기전 생생이 기억난건 베란다에 들어오는 63빌딩이다. 그 63빌딩이 이렇게 가까울 줄이야! 한국서울은 내 손바닥이였다. 미국이라는 넓은곳을 사방으로 돌아다닌 내가 서울은 내발로 정복할수있는 장소였다. 5월초에 서울은 시원하고 맑았다. 공기도 좋고 기분도 쨰지고. 어떻게 서울을 정복할지만을 생각하고 난 거리를 나섰다. 왜... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Yongsan-gu June 6th 2013

Hi everyone! I'm just going to write a quick blog to document the last few weeks since my visitors left, then the next one I write will probably be about my Summer travels as it's only 3 weeks until the end of term and there's nothing particularly exciting happening in those 3 weeks! So, as the title of this blog suggests, the weeks have been very much work-filled. I have settled into a routine of work from 7am until about 6pm each day in order to get everything done; then Mondays and Wednesdays I have Korean class after school, Tuesdays I have pilates and chiro, Thursdays I play netball and Friday I go to salsa. So my life has been very structured recently - just how I like it, let's face it :-) But such long ... read more
Lantern!
So excited to be at the lantern festival!
Lanterns.....

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Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu » Gwanghwamun June 4th 2013

Getting off at City Hall station, I walked into a street that was right next to the 덕수궁 wall. There were mixture of Korean architecture with Spanish-European style catholic church right next to each other, which I felt mixed feelings about Western and Eastern culture colliding together. I walked toward to 광화문 to see King Sejong and Admiral Lee Sun Shin statue, which are iconic symbols of Seoul. I stopped by at the 국민은행 to make $1,000 deposit in Korean won. I am now in front of 교보문구 (Kyobo Bookstore). 5월 8일 수요일 한국에 온지 4일째 되는날 이때 본격적인 서울탐방이 시작된다. 월 화 이어진 선들때문에 마음과감정이 어수선했지만 이제는 자유롭게 내 마음대로 할수있어서 홀가분했다. 아직도 내가 한국에 갔다왔다는게 믿겨지지가 않는다 지금 6월 11일 저녁 한달전에 ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jung-gu » Myeong-dong May 27th 2013

The North kept issuing threats but the South Koreans are unfazed. Those threats have become so regular that life remains normal here despite the newspaper headlines. Shops and night markets remain open, karaoke bars still blaring, glasses clinking as soju (Korean vodka) bottles are emptied, and restaurants and food stalls a-steaming with their specialty dishes! LOSING ONE'S SOUL IN SEOUL? Totally wasted. Completely zonked out. We'd likely never do this again. That is, taking a midnight flight to arrive 4am in Seoul. Good thing Incheon Airport is so welcoming. We stayed, glued to our seats in the airport's Cafe Pascucci , sipping our fav black liquids to start our day. No luck. Our energy level hit rock bottom for lack of sleep. Took a taxi to take us to Nine Tree Hotel in Myeongdong, a good ... read more
More bibimbap in another resto
Ginseng Chicken for ENERGY
Galbi Tang

Asia » South Korea » Seoul May 21st 2013

Flew to South Korea on 1/1/11 :) isn't it a cute number ? Oh well, now its 2013! time flies! I am not a travel writer or such but today i feel like i wanted to create a journal about my trip to South Korea even though it was about 2 years ago :) However, I can say that I had a good luck in South Korea. I found a warm and friendly family in Gangneung which is located in Gangwon-do province yay! And the other good thing was, i was invited by her sister who lives in Seoul to stay with her for free! That's too much than I expected! So as I landed at Incheon Airport, I tried to catch the last bus to Oryu-Dong and i was lucky again because the bus almost ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul May 3rd 2013

Day three in Seoul was another early morning, because we didn't want to fight with our hostel mates over the one bathroom. We started, once again, with Dunkin' Donuts - because you don't waste that opportunity when you have been jonesing for it for so long - and decided that we would head towards Changdeokgung Palace because supposedly there was a changing of the guard every hour, and we thought it might be cool to see. However, while we were sitting in Dunkin' Donuts, we had our first encounter of the day with how outgoing Koreans are in contrast to Japanese. A young man came over and started with, "Excuse me, ladies," and then proceeded to talk to us about Dokdo Island, and how it's Korean territory, not Japanese. He did the entire thing in English, ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul May 2nd 2013

The second day of our vacation was the one where we really got into Seoul to see things, and also marks where you get a lot of my thoughts about the country and culture along with the recap - this might get long, but I swear, it's... well, marginally interesting, haha. Anyway, there were two main themes to our Korean trip, and they were: 1) MAKING FRIENDS!!!, and 2) I don't know what is happening right now. The first thing we noticed about Korea was, as we had been warned, that it is a great deal dirtier than Japan. However, I think that because our frame of reference was from Japan and not somewhere like America, that it seemed dirty, but Michele commented that if we'd come from Thailand, where she lived for three years, it ... read more
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