Blogs from South Korea, Asia - page 14


Asia » South Korea » Busan March 1st 2013

1st Mar: Feel sick still thinking about this day. hangover from hell! I woke up to my phone ringing just before 8. It was Andi saying that she had just got on the train and could I bring her a bikini, as she had forgot to pack one. I was so confused and still vey drunk. I had set my alarm to go off really early but must of changed it in my drunken state the night before. Hopped in the shower, vommed, and then crawled back into bed for a bit more sleep. However I couldn't sleep and just lay there feeling like shite. My alarm went off again, and I shoved some clothes on, I couldn't even face putting make up on (I never leave the house without me slap on) and trotted off ... read more
View from the Bottom Bunk
Dalmaji Road
Haundae Beach

Asia » South Korea » Busan February 28th 2013

I didn't know what to expect from Korean food when I arrived, but it's been a delight! My school lunches in particular are amazing and I have tried so many different things with them. First I had to get used to only using chopsticks and a spoon, which took some time. My school uses flat metal chopsticks, and the first time I had lunch it took me 30mins to eat everything! However I quickly got used to them and can tackle most things now apart from de-boning fish which is still a messy process! School provides lunch for the teachers for about w63,000 per month, which breaks down as roughly w3150 per meal or e2.42. Amazing! And they always serve fresh vegetables mostly cold or raw; fish, tofu or meat; and often fruit as well as ... read more
first lunch out with school
Shasha and me
sashimi for Hallowe'en

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 23rd 2013

I arrived in Seoul from Canada at 4pm last Thursday. (quick note: Air Canada was 50 minutes early upon arrival... a miracle!) The plane ride didn't seem that long, I watched Looper and Wreck it Ralph, as well as a Top Gear episode I had downloaded on my laptop. It also helped that the guy who sat next to me was a fairly decent looking Korean guy. We ended up chatting for a good length on the plane. Turns out he had just finished a semester of exchange in Mexico city, and he has travelled to both Vancouver and Toronto in Canada which was pretty cool. Once we arrived, he offered to help me figure things out, which was really nice of him. He guided me around the airport which was much appreciated since we had ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeonggi-do » Gapyeong February 23rd 2013

23rd Feb: A lovely late start today! We met up in Seoul around 2:30. Grabbed a coffee in Paris Baguette before heading off on the subway to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. When we got off the subway we crossed over tot the bus terminal. We found the right counter to buy the tickets at. That took some searching as it meant reading all the different boards to find the right place. After we had purchased the tickets we had a bit of time as the bus wasn't leaving until half four. Onto the bus, booted some wife out of our seats at the front. Cheeky mare, it's not like can't read that we are given seat numbers on our tickets. The journey took about an hour, maybe a bit longer. Luckily the traffic was good leaving ... read more
The Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 23rd 2013

We traveled to Seoul for some more sightseeing and to see my favorite band, BAP, in concert!!!... read more


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 » Jeju February 21st 2013

My last trip in Korea luckily turned out to be to Jeju Island. Around 2 1/2 years ago, as I was filling out my application for EPIK, I decided Jeju was my ideal placement in Korea. I ended up in Daegu instead. Most of the time I was in Korea, I wanted to visit, but I never ended up with free vacation days. When I went to Ulleungdo last fall, some other tourists said Ulleungdo was just as or more beautiful than Jeju. At that point, I decided I'd be okay not seeing Jeju. Plus, the weather was getting to be too cold. However, one of my coteachers had been trying to get me to go to Jeju since I'd come. She and her husband go there about once a year because they love it so ... read more
Jeju West Coast and Volcanic Rock Wall
"Snowman" at Hallim Park
Island Feel, Even Though It Was Snowing

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 20th 2013

We had a great time on our trip to Seoul . . .... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do February 16th 2013

16th Feb: Last ski trip of the season for me. Up at the ungodly hour of 5 am. Was in Seoul and on the bus by half seven. The journey was uneventful, I napped for most of it. We stopped around 9:30 at a service station to grab a coffe and food if you were hungry. We arrived at the High 1 ski area around 11. We had made great time with the traffic not being bad at all, so we would get plenty of skiing in. Our first stop was in town at the rental shop. We all got sorted with our skis, snowboards, boots and clothing. I picked out a gorgeous jacket and pants, they were matching and so bright. Orange and yellow! You would definitely see me coming down the slopes. We were ... read more
Escalator up a Mountain
High 1
High 1

Asia » South Korea » Gyeonggi-do » Suji-gu January 28th 2013

Well it’s been about twenty days so I figured I get caught up here before I get further behind. Ever since I came back to work from my Christmas vacation I haven’t been too busy sightseeing. It has been, from what my Korean friends tell me, the coldest winter in decades. So I have been kind of staying in or doing things that don’t require me to venture outside. Bitter cold plus snow equals a number of weekends in bars knitting my beer sweater with my buddies, one bottle at a time. Haha. I did, however, manage to do a few things and eat some great food that didn’t involve beer. This past weekend I was invited to antend an art show two of my kindergarteners were in. Of my two students, one was there, Anna. ... read more
Mandu Soup
Fortress Wall

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