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Asia » South Korea » Seoul May 1st 2013

Well, here is the first entry from our trip to Korea! We started out early, because it takes about 2 hours to get to Narita from where we are (ugh) and we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time since it was Golden Week, and therefore everyone was traveling. Turns out, we got there a bit earlier than we needed to, but it gave us some time to comment on how awful Narita actually is (we had to go to the information desk to find where our check-in counter was) and exchange some of our yen to Korean won! Going over, the plane ride from Tokyo is shorter than our 2 hour trip to the airport from my apartment, which I found both awful and hilarious. It was still light when we got there, ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong April 13th 2013

Back to cooking school I go! After really enjoying my first cooking course at the Institute of Korean Royal Cuisine, I signed up for the spring and summer course that they offer. The dishes would be different to those that I had previously learned. This course lasted nine weeks like the other one. Each week we learned how to make three different dishes. The weekly menus were devised so that the dishes could be eaten together as a whole meal, or you could just have one dish by itself if you wished. Each class follows the same pattern; the first hour we watched the chef demonstrate how to make the dishes. The chef usually speaks in Korean and there is a translator to translate and ask any question we have. We are also given recipe cards ... read more
Week One: Oi Songsongi (오이송송이)
Week One: Kongnamulguk (콩나물국)
Week One: Bulgogi (불고기)

Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 20th 2013

Today I am going to walk along the cheonggyecheon recreation space. It used to be a road but the road was removed and the stream cleaned up. It has been made into an art and nature walkway. I will be able to see the unique art styles and nature of South Korea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UPtWFb1q6I... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 20th 2013

Today I will walk around Seoul and buy any souveniors I want. In the evening I will go see the Nanta Theater. It is a performance set in a kitchen basod on the rhythm of a traditional Korean precussion quartet. It will cost $40. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNjVB5I2Weg... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 20th 2013

Today I'm leaving for South Korea! I am leaving at 8:04 AM on Sunday, June 9th at the Denver International Airport. I should get to Seoul, South Korea at 3:05 PM. I have a layover in San Fransisco for an hour. I'll probably find something to eat there. When I get there it will be the next day which is going to really confuse me. The flight costs $1,329 and I don't have to pay anything to check a bag in. The flight is supposed to be sixteen hours.. I don't know what I'm going to do for that long, probably sleep. I have my passport and I don't need a visa because I'm not staying there for more than 90 days. The passport costs $135. In order to get into South Korea I got four ... read more

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Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 20th 2013

img=http://www.exploringkorea.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Incheon-International-Airport.jpg center I got to South Korea at 3:05 PM today. It was a really long flight but I slept through most of it. I will take a taxi to the Marriot Hotel in Seoul. The cost each night is $157 so the total will be $1,884. After I get everything situated I will have dinner at the hotel and relax at my hotel so I can make sure everything is ready for the next day. Hopefully I won't be terribly jet lagged.... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 20th 2013

Today I plan on walking around Seoul. I got a map from the hotel and have a budget of $200 dollars to do any attractions I see. I know there is a Trick Eye Museum which is one of the main places I plan on visiting. Today I want to experience an everyday life in Seoul and see what Koreans do on a typical day. Hopefully I will also be able to try some of the food they eat everyday as well. ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 20th 2013

Today I'm going to visit the War Memorial of Korea. Being able to visit this memorial will help me understand how South Koreans feel towards North Korea. It will also help me understand more of what happened during the war. There is no admission fee. I'm also going to go the Changdeokgung Palace. This palace is known for its amazing architecture. The admission fee is three dollars. ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 20th 2013

Today I am going to Namsan Park to hike and get a good view of Seoul. I will also take the cable car which costs seven dollars round trip. The cable car goes to the top of Seoul Tower which will give a great view of Seoul. img=http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_89sEPUG5M7A/TOftUAo_LSI/AAAAAAAAAAw/zr5tTUTICKw/s1600/p9919-Seoul-Cable_car_to_Namsan_Tower_observation_tower.jpg... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gwanak-gu March 5th 2013

Well, my time in Korea is rapidly coming to an end. I thought I was ready to leave, but as I sat with my students on my final day of work, I felt myself welling up. The kids were being extra kee-owa (meaning "cute," the first Korean word I learned,) and I started thinking about the daily routine of my life in Seoul that I had grown so accustomed to. How had it become normal for me to receive daily hugs from adorable little Asians as they said "I love you Yenny teacher!"? How was dancing with a group of kids to "Summer Lovin" and singing at the top of my lungs part of my daily life? How was walking into a classroom with twenty pairs of eager eyes staring expectantly up at me, just an ... read more




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