Blogs from South Korea, Asia - page 16


Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Hwacheon January 5th 2013

5th Jan: Up at 6. Showered, layered up, and had brekky. Skidded down the road to get a taxi. One came pretty quick. Taxi driver was chatty, sad face, I can't be arsed to make conversation in broken English first thing in the morning. Got to Suwon station by about half seven. Went and got a coffee at Maccy Ds in the station and then headed out to the subway exit, where the bus would be picking us up. Chain smoked, while waiting. The bus turned up about ten to eight. We all got on. Bloody hell, it was freezing on the bus. We waited for a bit and then drove into Seoul to pick up the people there, at the Express Bus Terminal and Yongsan. My God I was bursting for the toilet. Tried to ... read more
Ice Fishing
Fish No. 1
Bagged up

Asia » South Korea » Jeollabuk-do January 4th 2013

We had one of the most unpleasant bus journey's that lasted about 36 hours to get here. * The typical mile long queue at the border, where we found a spot of luck and created a new queue and bypassed about an additional 2 hours waiting time * 3 men and Rach squeezed into the back of a small minibus with very little aircon img= * A sleepertrain with some morons from Bedford who blatently did not understand people pay to travel this way as they actually want to sleep... the clue is in the name!! * A very unpleasant bumpy boat trip that advised us the 'have our seasickness pills at the ready' comforting!! img= Finally we arrived... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do January 3rd 2013

This is a bit late, as it’s certainly not fall anymore here, but I had a busy few months of Korea-traveling. I suddenly realized I’m really behind at posting pictures. I didn’t realize how much I did! I’ll split it up into two parts. The first fall trip I took was to the Jinju Lantern Festival. Jinju is a small city split by a river about 2-3 hours southwest of Daegu by bus. Every year they celebrate their city’s (temporary) victory against Japanese invaders a long time ago with the Lantern Festival. (The Japanese returned the next year and the outcome was different). The lanterns are mostly actually more like papier-mache’d statues that are lit up from within. It was one of the best festivals I’ve been to in Korea. We spent probably 6 hours walking ... read more
Jinju Lantern Fest
Jinju Fortress
Stones at Jinju Fortress

Asia » South Korea » Jeollabuk-do January 3rd 2013

I’ve three more trips to tell stories about. In early November, I returned to Gayasan (Gaya Mountain) for the third or fourth time. Originally we had planned to go somewhere further away, but on a weekend it’s a struggle to convince people to wake up early. Although I’d been there before, my other trips were to Haein Temple and walking downhill along the river (really nice in the fall!). I’d never gone uphill, to the mountains. In Daegu the weather had been cool when we left, but at Gayasan it was cold and overcast. The guy in our group convinced us to hike up a mountain, instead of just having a relaxing walk. We were eventually persuaded, and we hiked to Sangwangbong peak. It was a bit difficult but doable. We got to the peak around ... read more
Small Temple Near Haeinsa
Reminded Me of Pennsylvania
View on the Way to Sangwongbong

Asia » South Korea January 3rd 2013

Happy belated New Year! It’s been a long time—sorry! My hometown-friend’s family recently told me they’d be hosting a 16-year-old Korean teenager at their home in small-town Pennsylvania (Eastern US). They asked me for some advice, so after thinking for a while, I thought I’d share it with everyone. I feel like I had a pretty easy transition, for moving to a different continent, with little knowledge of the language, and knowing few people in the country, but I’ve had experience before. I first thought about the general challenges of moving abroad. For one, probably the language difference will be difficult. Even if a person is a good speaker, it is really tiring to all day be surrounded by and forced to use a seco... read more


Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gangnam January 2nd 2013

Wow, what a year! 2012 has proved to be full of adventures for me here in Asia! I just realized I haven't written a blog since August, so Christmas vacation seems like the perfect time for an update. The last few months have flown by. Christmas in my school was a riot! The kids began talking about it mid-November, and didn't stop until December 25th. We had the privilege of receiving a visit from Santa himself, on December 21st. One of my older students aptly pointed out, "I know he's not real. The real Santa comes to my house through the chimney." (This was said in complete seriousness). Either way, most of the kids seemed to be in complete and utter awe of Santa when he bumbled through the door into each classroom. Some students were ... read more
Santa Comes to School
City Hall Skating
Happy New Year

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju December 30th 2012

I needed a trip out of Busan to relieve the cabin fever that had set in during December, so Deborah came with me one cold Saturday on a day trip to the small city of Gyeongju. We had the incredibly comfy bus again with the seats that almost recline into a bed. It looked like a very pretty town indeed, most buildings had traditional Korean roofs, even petrol stations! One thing we weren't prepared for though was the bitter cold - the wind cut right through us! Should remember that's it's always warmer in Busan! We hopped on a bus that would take us to Bulguksa (temple) - one of the main attractions of the area and one that was mentioned in my 5th graders English book - "Gyeongju has Bulguksa. Bulguksa has two towers. What ... read more
frozen lake
frozen by the lake

Asia » South Korea » Pyeongchon December 28th 2012

My friend Christine and I decided to go snowboarding for the day at a nearby resort called Phoenix Park. Some of her friends had season passes and so we could get 30% off the lift tickets and the rentals. Might as well since I had nothing else to do. We caught the bus at 6 am in Bupyeong for the 2.5 hour, 6,000W bus ride to the resort. It wa nice because we were able to pass out on the bus and woke up just in time for the arrival and to meet her friends. Thankfully one of the people in the group was Korean and made the process of getting lift tickets that much easier. Once purchased we went through the hassle of filling out the paperwork, standing in line to get our boards and ... read more
Gondola ride
Group shot

Asia » South Korea » Cheongju December 27th 2012

So, as the new year approaches, I decided I'd make good of the second of my two weeks' annual vacation leave, and write my first blog entry. Plus, Barbara's been waiting so patiently. Well, today I took a trip up to Seoul for my visa interview with the Indian embassy. I'm not quite sure why I spent nearly two hours travelling (each way), only to spend about four minutes telling an uninterested man what he'd already read on my application form. Anyway, my application was approved, and I should receive my passport and visa in about a week's time. It's been a strange year. I've met some amazing people, but also been utterly baffled by some that are so bad at life, it's a wonder they can make it out of bed in the morning, let ... read more
Hyeupjae Beach, Jejudo.
Shark diving in Busan Aquarium
Oh yes, I got up-close and personal with these bad boys!

Asia » South Korea December 15th 2012

Korea is an extraordinary country filled with beaches, ancient temples... read more
DMZ  4-2007
The Giant's Causeway

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