Blogs from Daegu, South Korea, Asia


Asia » South Korea » Daegu March 22nd 2015

I forgot to mention something important in my last post. In the US both parties involved in a romantic relationship are supposed to give their partners gifts on Valentine’s day (although I think it is still pretty widely accepted that women get the better end of the deal with chocolates and flowers). In Korea, one day wasn’t enough and they had to split it up into two days with even more strictly defined gender roles. There is one day where girls give gifts to their boyfriends and another day for boys to give gifts to their girlfriends. My lovely roommate gave me a rose on White Day and it is still alive and keeping our windowsill looking nice. Maybe when it dies I will buy a cactus from the garden store in the student union. Not ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu March 8th 2015

С восьмым марта! Just a quick post today because I haven’t finished my homework for tomorrow because I’m a bad student. I can’t believe that I’ve been in Korea for over a week now. I am still having a great time. This week I went to a zoo where they had lions, tigers, bears, and a raccoon. I guess they don’t have raccoons here, but it was still strange to see one in a zoo. I also sang more karaoke, tried some beer (I don’t like it), and went to a club, which was nice because I was with awesome people, but confirmed the fact that I don’t like nightclubs. We have a curfew of 1am-5am, which to me means that we need to be home by 12:30am, and to other students that we need to ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu March 2nd 2015

I just finished my first day of classes in Korea! Today I only had two classes and they were both in the morning, so it went by pretty quickly. I woke up early to find the buildings (which I meant to do yesterday but didn’t because I ended up staying out late eating awesome food and looking at innumerable cute socks, more on that later). Some questions from my morning walk of KNU in the morning: -Why do so many people wake up early to play tennis? -How is it that this campus has no litter, but it is impossible to find a trash can? -Why are Korean pigeons so large and scary looking? I’ll try to get a photo later, but just trust me for now. -Why don’t any of the shops open until 9:00? ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu February 28th 2015

Hello friends! I have finally finished the transit phase my study abroad experience and am now getting settled and oriented at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. I have been on campus for over 48 hours now and am feeling right at home. I am definitely on the high point of the study abroad culture shock curve where everything is awesome and adorable and I’m enjoying the excitement while it lasts. I love being an international student! Usually I have to work so hard to break into the international community, but now I am automatically in and I’ve already met a ton of cool people from around the world. KNU does an absolutely amazing job of caring for its international community, and the KNU buddy program puts OU Cousins to shame. My buddy picked me ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Palgongsan June 6th 2013

6th June: A gift from the Gods. A four day weekend. But due to prior commitments, I was unable to leave Korea, as I had to be in back in Seoul for the Saturday morning. So where should I go? Not really enough time to go to Busan, so I settled on Daegu, Korea's third largest city. However there didn't seem like there would be a great deal to do there. I was on the slow train again to save money. I left Suwon around 7:45 and got in to Dong Daegu station around 11:15. After getting myself sorted I headed into the tourist information office to ask about buses to Palgongsan Provincial Park. My original idea was to hike there today, and spend the next day in the city. The woman in the office asked ... read more
Near the Small Temple
Near the Small Temple

Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Suseong-gu April 28th 2013

I will take an official trip to Japan from May 14th,2013 to May 23th, 2013. To my luck, I will catch this opportunity to understand the Japanese culture,to travel Tokyo and Osaka and to visit three elementary schools in Tokyo city and Saitama, near Tokyo city. A month ago, I applied to this request program for Korean teachers by the department of foreign affairs of Japan government. I was chosen as the member of this official trip delegation to Japan. This is my official schedul during my official visit to Japan. this schedule is arranged by the department of foreign affairs, Japan. the cost of this official visit to Japan is sponsored by the official funds of foreign affairs, Japan. Hahaha~~~ :) :) :) 日本外務省(公益財團法人日韓文化交流基金)招請日本短期硏修 5月 14日 : 金海空港(KOR) 出發(10:55)->成田空港(JPN)到着(12:55) flight NO. O... read more

Asia » South Korea » Daegu April 6th 2013

I wrote this over a month ago, before leaving Daegu, but I didn't have a chance to post it. My two-year stint in Daegu is approaching its end—just one more week until I fly from Incheon Airport to Kuala Lumpur, and then on to New Delhi. Because I haven't taught real classes since December 20 or so, school life has been super-boring. It has gone really slowly. But the rest of my life has just flown by the last couple of months. Between trying to hang out with friends a lot before they and I leave, small trips around Korea, and planning for India/packing up my life, I've been busy. I've said goodbye to most of my best friends in Korea already because they're on vacation and won't return to Korea until after I leave. Because ... read more
On Temple Near Gatbawi
Near Gatbawi
Gatbawi and Worshippers

Asia » South Korea » Daegu February 21st 2013

Having spent two years in this architecturally-ugly/mountain-pretty city, I thought I'd share some lists I made for people newly arrived to Daegu. Regular readers can just skip ahead to the next entry. Most pics are from other blogs--I just wanted to advertise the places a bit ~~ My Favorite Places in Korea: -Ulleungdo (Ulleung Island)--really steep hills, awesome rocks, and beautiful views and water colors -Tongyeong and Bijindo (Bijin Island)--Tongyeong itself is kind of a port city, but it has a replica Turtle Ship, cool mural-covered neighborhood up a hill, outdoor art museum, and lots of ferries to nearby islands like Bijindo, where you can camp on the beach (semi-illegally) -Upo Wetland—nice day-trip to nature; good place for bike riding or a stroll -Waterfalls near Bogyeongsa (Bogyeong Temple)--easily the best small waterfalls on mainland Korea that ... read more
Ullengdo Near Taeha Lighthouse
Ulleungdo Near Taeha
Murals in Tongyeong

Asia » South Korea » Daegu November 4th 2012

I thought I’d fill you in on Korean heterosexual relationships. As you might expect, couple relationships in Korea tend to be different from those at home. Sometimes, these things are quite obvious. For example, often, couples in Korea hang out in public in “couple outfits”—matching clothing, which can range from only similar shoes or shirts to both wearing identical outfits. (However, there’s a saying that if a guy buys a girl shoes, she can use them to run away from him (dump him), so shoes might not be the best idea.) Public displays of affection are, however, way less common here. It’s not appropriate to kiss in public, although hand-holding is common. Young couples don’t have much privacy though. Most people live with their parents until they’re married, even during college and after they have a ... read more
Before the Walk Down the Aisle
During the Ceremony
Guy Serenading the Couple

Asia » South Korea » Daegu » Jung-gu October 24th 2012

Day 39 (Mon 15thOct) Today I had planned on going to a national park north east of Daegu for a bit of a hike and to see a few temples around there but due to waking up with an incredibly sore abdomen which is down to the sunmudo martial arts I was doing at the temple stay I’m in way too much discomfort for that. I was just pottering around the hostel when the girl (Sookie) who works here asked if I fancied going with her to watch the national volleyball finals week. It seems Daegu is hosting the national sports festival this week so there’s a lot of sport going on. As I had no other plans it made sense to go plus it’s a new sport that I’d not seen before. We got the ... read more
Buinsa Temple
Hahoe Folk Village
Hahoe Folk Village

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