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Asia » South Korea August 10th 2013

It's so much fun being back in Asia again, where you collect insect bites like other people collect parking tickets, where it is so hot that you're sweating while trying to dry yourself after a shower, where the water from the shower leaves your skin with a greasy film, where the used toilet paper doesn't go into the toilet but into a bin beside the toilet. Popular culture totally lied to me about South Korea: nobody here speaks English and I haven't met even one K-Pop girl. Not that it matters because she wouldn't speak English if I did. The non-English-speaking here takes a curious turn: if you ask if someone speaks English, instead of shrugging or making some other gesture like people elsewhere would, here the person just stares at you. And stares. And stares. ... read more
scenery
scenery
"By the power of Greyskull!!"

Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Muuido August 10th 2013

10th Aug: A nice start today, not too early. We met up at Incheon airport at 11. We were meant to get the 11:20 bus but due to illness and waiting to get a doctor's appointment we had to get the 12:20 bus. It worked out better though because there was a big storm brewing and we missed getting caught up in the torrential rain. The bus is easy to find, it's number 222, and it leaves from the departures part of the airport by gate (door) number 7. The bus took about twenty minutes to get to the port. It's easy to know where to get off as it is a) the last stop, b) you can see the big ship, and c) everybody else gets off there, too. We went into the office to ... read more
Beach Huts
Hanagae Beach
Hanagae Beach

Asia » South Korea » Seoul August 6th 2013

Today was a zoo day. Seoul Zoo is huge, a whole-day sort of zoo. Unfortunately summer is not the best time to visit because it is not only appallingly hot but it is also the rainy season. When it rains you've got a choice of just getting drenched by the rain or wearing a rain poncho which then acts like a sauna and cooks you from the inside so you end up almost as wet with sweat. There was a huge thunderstorm when I was there which kept everyone under cover for over an hour and turned the roads into torrents of water. South Korea now tops my list of places I've been with the heaviest rain! I missed quite a chunk of the zoo entirely because it is so big but I saw the most ... read more
six-banded armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus)
six-banded armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus)
Ezo brown bear (Ursus arctos yesoensis)

Asia » South Korea » Seoul August 5th 2013

Aaaand, go! Yes, I am off on another wildlife-hunting trip. This one is a bit different to the others because the first four countries of this trip I have never been to before, which is exciting (well, five countries if you include Hong Kong airport.....and count Hong Kong as a country.....). But I’m not going to say what those countries are or where else I’m going or even how long I’ll be travelling for. This will be a thread of surprises – not least for me, because I haven’t really had a lot of time to do as much prep-work as I would have liked!! As usual I will be travelling alone, no guides, no language skills, no hope..... I can promise some very interesting and exciting animals along the way though (or, at the very ... read more
Phone box tank
weird cage for Prevost's squirrels
computer tank for pinecone fish

Asia » South Korea » Busan July 29th 2013

One thing I love, and will miss most, about Korea is the food! There's such diversity in what you can eat; seasonal food, special celebratory food for different important occasions, fusion food etc. Towards the end of my stay in Korea, a friend and I made Wednesdays 'Korean food night' so we could get our fill of our favourite dishes. One of the first dishes a foreigner is bound to try in Korea is bibimbap. This is a dish where rice, mixed colourful vegetables (e.g. cucumber, zucchini, mushrooms, soybean sprouts, seaweed etc), and a fried egg are mixed together in a bowl with lashings of gochujang (chilli pepper paste). They come in so many regional variations. My favourite is dolsot bibimbap where all the ingredients come in a hot stone bowl where the raw egg is ... read more
Shabu shabu
mmmn BBQ
Donkas stew

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Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 21st 2013

Boryeong mudfest is an annual summer festival in Korea that traditionally celebrated the cosmetic benefits of the mud in the Boryeong area. Of course now it is a week long drinking festival with various mud related activities to enjoy! Boryeong is a 6-hour drive from Busan and we left at 6am on the Saturday morning on chartered buses to enjoy the weekend. Our bus turned into a party bus as we turned on the kareoke. We got our rooms sorted out in the town on arrival and hit the beach. We were expecting a mud beach but what the organisers do is truck mud in from nearby mud flats, and there wasn't a lot of it! It was watered down and poured into several 'fountains' for people to help themselves. They had left large paintbrushes for ... read more
bungee run
water fun
nore-bus fun

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Songpa-gu » Jamsil July 20th 2013

I had seen Color Me Rad on Facebook. It looked like fun, but not really my cup of tea. I mean me and running don't exactly go together. I have only ran once before in my life, when I was about 14 in one random P.E. lesson. I don't know what was the matter with me, as I usually spent most of my time skiving. So yeah, me and running ain't exactly bezzies. So one Sunday night, after a fab weekend with the girls celebrating Malia's birthday, when a facebook message was going around about doing Color Me Rad, well I gave in to peer pressure. Well everyone else was doing it, it seemed like a good idea to be a sheep in this case. So after many reassurances we would not be running, it's summer ... read more
The Start
The Start
Think Pink

Asia » South Korea » Incheon July 16th 2013

Wow....I just saw that my last entry was April 1st....That's a long time ago! Sorry for keeping everybody out of the loop but not much as really happened and I got really busy at school this semester. Where to start... The semester has been going well so far. I remained really busy throughout most of it due to an open class which really sucked. An open class is when the other English teachers, vice principal, and the principal come in and observe your class and they also videotape it for the IMOE. (Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education) So basically it has to be perfect or you have to do a refresher course on how to teach. I had the lesson all finished up and ready to go and last minute, Whemi and I decided to do ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Cheongju July 14th 2013

One of my favourite, and often quoted sayings is that by the much herald non-violent civil activist Mahatma Gandhi "Be the change you want to see in the world". My mum recognised how this had touched me and encouraged me to help others, 'do what you can, when you can, but get an education first. Don't just be helpful, be intelligent'. The impressionable 12 year old self that I was took this to heart. So I participated in MS read a thons (raise money for multiple sclerosis by reading books e.g. my mum donated 50 cents for every book I read http://www.msreadathon.org.au/), I participated in the 40 hour famine (subsist on barley sugar and water for 40 hours whilst attempting to function at school) http://www.worldvision.com.au/40hourfamine.aspx, I traversed the neighbour hood ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan July 12th 2013

12th Jul: We met up after work near Suwon station to go for a curry. The curry was delicious as usual. We headed over to the station and got our tickets and waited for our train. The train arrived pretty much on time and we hopped on. The train was pretty new and clean for a mugunghwa (cheap,slow train). We swivelled the chairs around so we could chat, however this seriously eats up on leg room. Then it was snooze time. 13th Jul: We arrived at Busan station not long after 4 am. We got a taxi and headed to Vesta spa in Haeundae. Vesta is a jjimjilbang (sauna and sleeping place), but because it is the most well known in the area, it was full. We walked back down the hill and found a taxi ... read more
Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach




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