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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
temple
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

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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

Asia » South Korea » Incheon December 14th 2012

Ever since mid November it has been turning into winter. Freezing cold temperatures on the walk to school, IN school, and the walk home. For my birthday, Yumi got us 3 (herself, Whemi, and I) electric butt warmers for our seats which was a Godsend! They didn't turn the heat on in the offices for awhile and so I was basically just sitting there freezing at my desk hoping to get up and teach so I could maintain some body temperature. The worst are your toes since they are exposed to the cold with indoor shoes on. I've been wearing the same 2 pairs of wool socks to school everyday since my dress socks are too thin. Thankfully Mom is sending another pair of wool snowboard socks over for me to wear because one of my ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan December 12th 2012

A differenza del vicino Giappone, ben poco si sa della piccola ed appartata penisola coreana, se non che e' stata da tempo divisa in un Nord estremamente comunista (povero) ed in un Sud decisamente capitalista (ricco). Proprio in concomitanza con il lancio dell'ennesimo missile nordcoreano travestito da innocuo satellite per le telecomunicazioni, il Mercante approda nel preoccupato Sud dopo un tranquillo viaggio via nave tra le agitate acque dei mari orientali. Busan mi accoglie con la scintillante spiaggia di Heundae, una grande mezzaluna di sabbia dorata su cui si affacciano una lunga serie di sfavillanti grattacieli e colossali hotel, pronti ad accogliere le orde di turisti che durante la stagione estiva si riversano da queste parti per godere delle sue invitanti acque e degli innumerevoli divertimenti notturni; durante l'inverno tutto e' decisamente piu' tranquill... read more
Busan: la spiaggia di Haeundae
Seoul: le vie del centro
Gyeongju: Pagoda di pietra sul monte Namsan

Asia » South Korea » Seoul December 11th 2012

July 29th Oh well, the Brits either relented, left, or else I was tired enough to ignore them. Whatever the case; I had a good, full sleep of at least 8 hours… good thing too, as I have 11 hours of flying, an 8 (?) hour stopover in Seoul, another 12 hours flying, not to mention the Auckland to Dunedin part, and for some reason I can never sleep this way; NZ-Europe, fine! Europe-NZ… not a chance! Anyhoo, repacked the bag to make (hopefully) the best use of space and set off for Gare Du Nord. There was less urine smell and not nearly as many beggars today; it was quite a nice day, sun shining but still quite cool and I found myself wondering if the travel bug wasn’t growing again already…. It was cured ... read more
The long mile
Air Pepsi




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