Blogs from Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea, Asia - page 2


Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Daejeon August 28th 2012

Anneyung haseyo!! So the first week of my new life in Korea was spent in the KT Human Resource Centre in the city of Daejeon. EPIK organises a week long orientation for new in-coming teachers, to introduce us to life in Korea as well as work on teaching ideas. About 300 of us, from all walks of life, descended upon Daejeon, bound for cities and provinces all over Korea. It was a very strange and intense week. We were woken up at half 7 every morning with the exact same intercom announcement: "Good morning EPIK teachers, this is the announcment from the head office, breakfast will be served..." (More annoying for the fact that we had our alarms set for 8am, no need people!!) We also had a nighttime anouncement telling us to be back in ... read more
Welcoming ceremony
some wet countryside

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 14th 2012

Ah mudfest! It's that time of year, when foreigners in Korea get drunk and make a spectacle of themselves. Proving all the Korean misconsceptions about us lovely weigookin to actually be true. 14th Jul: Up early. Managed to pack. Walked down to get a taxi. Got drenched on the way. Stopped at Dunkin' Donuts, had a hot bagel, nom nom, and a coffee. Got overcharged for the coffee. Dried off. Got a taxi to Suwon. Met up with people. Onto the bus. Drove for an hour, felt sleepy. Arrived at the rest stop. There for ages, about an hour. Some of our group decided to buy masks. Very funny. Hubba Hubba! stood around in the blazing heat smokin. Nowhere to buy alcohol much to everyone's dismay. Apparantly they don't serve alcohol at rest stops, because if ... read more
Daecheon Beach
Daecheon Beach

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do June 26th 2012

I wrote a blog about my "Korean mother" Maria, more commonly known as my co-teacher at my school. Do enjoy and to my REAL mom, don't be jealous. I love you the most ;) read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Daejeon June 20th 2012

My time in South Korea is almost to an end and I've just been informed where my new beginning will be :) read more

Sunday 17 June - I had decided that a visit to the island of Sapsido was recommended, mostly because it was covered in detail in the Lonely Planet (yes I could strike out where no man has gone before but there are risks.... had had enough adventure the previous day). First of all however I had to change my accommodation. As it was Sunday and the pressure is only really on Friday and Saturday accommodation I walked over to the Motel Coconuts which was advertising WiFi. My purpose was to ascertain the price before I wheeled my bag over. When she told me 50,000 I began to walk away, only to get my stuff and check in properly. However this must have been taken as the old market -- walk away price negotiation thing, and she ... read more
Motel Coconuts room
Sapsido drying garlic
Sapsido minbak (homestay?)

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Daejeon June 16th 2012

Just as well I did not have Internet yesterday 16 June at the Motel If - otherwise I would have wasted my time having a grizzle when I was really tired after a very bad day of travel . However today 17 June, now at the Motel Coconuts a mere 10 minute walk from the aforementioned, I do have WiFi and am in a much better mood -- possibly helped by a few glasses of the rather nice Spanish red I bought in Seoul, but also a damned nice grilled shellfish dinner (more on that later of course). 16 June - well why did I have such a bad travel day yesterday? Well how does 3 1/2 fruitless hours sitting around the bus terminal waiting for a bus that despite schedule never seemed to arrive (twice)?? ... read more
Buyeo -this Big Piggie went to market
Buyeo market kimchi
Buyeo bus terminal

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Buyeo June 15th 2012

It was a late night last night, not really as a result of the raw chestnut/rice wine last night at Nomasaru, more the blogging update! (What I do for you people - or myself). Anyway got myself together and left the motel at about 11:30 AM and got myself a taxi rather than walk across the bridge to the bus terminal. As the buses were more or less every 30 minutes to Buyeo did not even check the times but headed for the local outlet in the terminal of Paris Baguette, an upmarket bakery, which also was at my local Metro station in Seoul at Anguk, but I did not actually try. (Unbelievably there was no 7- 11 type convenience store anywhere near my motel in Gongju - outrage, normally they are about every 200 m, ... read more
Buyeo motel bed
Buyeo motel blue bath
Buyeo blue screen

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Gongju June 14th 2012

off the bus from Cheosan at the terminal on the other side of the river at about 6:45 PM on 13th. Decided that as all the action that I wanted to see in terms of sites was on the other side that I would walk across the bridge and find a motel there. Which I did with the usual big TV screen and home computer. Once settled in went out to look for dinner and things were not that promising further down. So decided to try one of the Lonely Planet recommendations, Nomasaru which was fairly close anyway. Shuddered at the prospect of my knees and sitting semi-folded on the floor (the joints don't like it any more). Anyway the food was unbelievably fab as you can see from the mixed flower bimibab! And the rustic ... read more
Gongju view to North
rampart path
fortress Lotus Pond

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Cheonan June 13th 2012

I started the last post on the train to Cheosan. Getting to Cheosan could have been on two ways, all actually three ways, if I wanted to spend 2 1/2 hours on the subway/metro going all the way to about the seventh last stop of the incredibly long line 1. Instead it took me an even hour or so on the aforementioned Saemaeul express train. I could also have gone by bus but as there are about four bus stations in Seoul from which buses for various cities leave, I decided it was easier to change one subway station and go to Seoul Central Station. I decided to buy a ticket from the machine, which you can at least persuade to work in English . I discovered then that I could get the really fast KTX ... read more
Seoul Station Mr Natty
Cheosan monk and train bar-car
Cheosan Who?? club

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do June 10th 2012

So, I try and take one weekend off every month from the party that is Korea and stay at home doing errands, cleaning my house, exercising, writing, and studying. Usually, weekends in lead to contemplation and contemplation leads to revelations. This is what happens when left to my own devices... Bloggy blog blog is here: read more

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