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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju November 25th 2012

We were told that the intercity buses were on strike by two people and that we'd have to take the express bus tp Gyeongju. So off we went to the express bus terminal and bought a ticket to Daegu, where we would need to change. Not only change buses but also bus stations! Luckily only across the road though, where we got a bus to Gyeongju with 5 minutes to spare. In Gyeongju, the intercity and express terminals are next to each other, and the intercity one was very busy for a strike. Nevermind, we got there in plenty of time to meet our couch surfing host. We read the following day that the strike was all buses and only for an hour from 5.30am. Nice to know tourist offices have the correct info! Apparently the ... read more
Tumuli in the city centre
Last of the autumn colours
squid drying on the side of the road

Asia » South Korea » Seoul November 25th 2012

This past weekend was perfectly splendid. The weather was sunny and high 40's (F), the air seemed fresher than usual, and everyone was in an all-around good mood. In the beginning of the week I went out for unlimited Korean BBQ with some friends for Tim's 22nd birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM!!!!) Later on in the week I saw "Breaking Dawn II" at Megabox theaters in Ewha with Sabrina and Ana. We reserved tickets a couple of days before online (9,000 won each/$8.30) and we found out that everyone is able to pick their assigned seat when they purchase their tickets. For snacks, Sabrina and I ordered the "Love Combo" popcorn & soda set for 8,000 won ($7.40) with two large sodas and one large popcorn - totally meant for couples - but a good deal none-the-less ... read more
Biking gang
Sabrina and Me
mint carrier bike

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju November 23rd 2012

Leaving Seoul's Express terminal bus on a gloomy day, soon as I found where my bus is, found my seat, it was very comfortable so I passed out quickly and for the most of the 4 1/2 hour ride I was dead to the world. Jet lag and non stop nite out caught up with me, I remember the bus stopping for lunch but I could barely peel my eyes open so I skipped a feed, I felt like a train wreck, arriving at the bus terminal in Gyeongju I was the last out, I struggled to wake myself up, groggy and disoriented I paged through my rough guide, apparently there is a tourist info at the bus station, after minutes of searching for it, I gave up and asked the waiter in the cafe it's ... read more
Gyeongju
Gyeongju
Gyeongju

Asia » South Korea » Jeollanam-do » Yeosu November 23rd 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Wednesdays are usually a good time for me. There are only three classes and I'm done by lunch. This day was much like the rest except that I had to fill in a double class of after school students, which was brought to my attention in the morning. So, without adequate time to get a lesson planned for 80 minutes I did what my coteacher recommended and put on a movie. Overall the school day was pretty good. We even had a decent lunch, bibimbap. For those that have never had it it's basically a bowl of rice topped with various vegetables and an egg. You mix the bowl together and and load on as much red pepper sauce as you like. It's the pinnacle of school lunches. I don't eat it ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Jeollabuk-do » Jeonju November 21st 2012

Travelling light is a thing of the past! Gone are the days of only having a backpack and day-pack each. (Hopefully not gone for good, they can return when the kids are bigger!) We are still “backpacking” with a backpack and day-pack each, plus a small holdall for the girls clothes and the Macpac possum child carrier which Colin uses to carry Samara. She has her own day-pack but we try to put it in one of our bags when travelling. It doesn't help that we are carrying a travel cot for Katrina. Its a great small one (small relative to other porta cots!), a LittleLife Arc2. Even with all our baggage, we are still stopping in several places during our two weeks in Korea. If you don't count an over night stay at an Incheon ... read more
While the girls are sleeping, I get a chance to watch a movie
Emergency Escape Ladder
Pungnammun

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Asia » South Korea » Jeollanam-do » Yeosu November 20th 2012

I've been putting this one off for a long time but I suppose now that I'm in the last week of my twenties I might as well get this one out there. It has nothing at all to do with changing a 2 for a 3 but rather daily life in Korea. I think because I've been hear for almost four years that I've become numb to some of the things that would be really interesting or tough to deal with for somebody entering this place for the first time. So this entry will be about what a normal week is like in Yeosu for us. I'm going to be splitting it up in parts because We're away this weekend for my 30th and I want to use this week as my subject. Last year after ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Itaewon November 19th 2012

A couple of years ago Seoul started the Seoul Lantern festival in November. I tried looking up the exact reason why they have it every year but I couldn't find any. So they do it because the Koreans love to have festivals. So anyway, we decided to head over to Seoul for day/night to spend some time in the nice fall weather and to relax a bit. Later that night once it got dark we headed over to Cheonggyecheon Stream which is a manmade 1.5km stream that runs through the heart of Seoul. Kind of like Cherry creek in Denver. There is a streamside walkway that runs besides it and then one above that you can walk along as well. One thing about Korea, you always have to assume that there are going to be a ... read more
View of Seoul/Itaewon
City Hall area of Seoul
Gyeongbukgong Palace gate

Asia » South Korea November 19th 2012

My time in Korea has come to an end, and I've loved every minute of it. It is a wonderful country with welcoming people, a rich culture, and beautiful scenery. It is certainly very quirky, and although many people find certain things annoying, I loved all the weird things I came across. So, I thought it would be good to write a list of the things I loved most about Korea, so that hopefully you can get a taste of some of the cultural differences I came across over the past year. These aren't in any particular order by the way... 1. Feeling like a celebrity and friendliness Korea doesn't have a huge influx of tourists visiting every year. It doesn't have the backpacking culture that many other Asian countries have. As it is so isolated, ... read more
Get up and dance
Karaoke on the bus
Taking a photo of him taking a photo of her taking a photo of herself

Asia » South Korea » Seoul November 17th 2012

Arriving at Seoul's Incheon airport half hour late, 10pm the queue at immigration is long, the AREX express train to downtown already shut so either I take the regular train or limousine bus to town. After getting cash from the ATM, I saw there was a booth near the ATM machine, I inquired about limo service and was told there is one leaving soon so I ditched the subway and headed out to wait for the limo bus. I just missed it! then ended up waiting another 20 minutes for the next one. In the end I made it to the Itaewon area where I booked a dorm bed at SP@Itaewon GH, owned by a Serbian dude. It was easy to find but uphill, it was crazy busy when I arrived and Sa Woong my good ... read more
Seoul
Seoul
Seoul

Asia » South Korea » Busan November 17th 2012

So I left Korea a few days ago and there's a bunch of stuff I never got round to writing about - I tried to cram in so much stuff in my last few weeks so there's a fair bit I missed out! So here we go... I waited until my second to last weekend in Korea to finally go and do the tourist thing in Seoul properly. We had booked a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) for the Saturday, which I was really looking forward to as I have been reading a few books on North Korean history recently (make sure you read 'Nothing to Envy', 'The Aquariums of Pyongyang', and 'Escape from Camp 14' if you get chance...it will blow your mind what has happened both in the past and even today in ... read more
Don't get too close...
North Korea - we're watching you
North Korea massive flag




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