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Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Seocho-gu October 18th 2014

Iv'e been wanting to do this hike for ages, and I finally had a free Saturday morning on which I could do it. I always pass this area on the bus, and see all the hikers alighting the subway. I took the Shin-Bundang line, to Cheonggysan Station. The Shin-Bundang line is pretty fancy and the trains are driverless, however that works. I came out of exit two, and there were quite a few hikers about. I had read on someone's blog that this hike is very popular, so try to get there early to avoid the queues. However eight thirty was too late in my book as there were a tonne of people already about. It was a sharp contrast to my hike last week, which was largely people free. I though that the trail would ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul October 12th 2014

Sunny Saturday in Specular Seoul! The day started with a one hour bus ride from Incheon to Seoul. This is like going from San Jose to San Francisco… you can’t tell where one city ends and the next starts. Multi-laned freeway with 30 foot high noise barriers virtually the entire trip. Over the tops of the noise barriers we could see miles and miles of high rise condos as we moved from the industrial port city of Incheon to the sophisticated city of Seoul. Seoul has a population of 11 million, and we felt like all 11 million were out on the highways, in the parks and just everywhere enjoying the Saturday sunshine. Our first stop was the Seoul Folklore Museum, a new modern, beautiful facility. Through the exhibits we were taken from 700,000 years ago ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul September 20th 2014

What were your impressions before arriving Seoul, Korea? My thoughts were clean, civilised, organised and polite city, similar to Tokyo, Japan. It was true, as I was exiting Icheon airports could feel it and sense the environment. Could not believe the significant difference between cities that are close ie Shanghai and Seoul. It was a business trip for 4 days but had the opportunities to see bit of the city. Being in a taxi for 1.5 hr to hotel, I had a good chat with the driver, although his English was very limited but understandable. It seemed that Korean don't like Japanese but they like Chinese! He wouldn't explain why! Seoul city was clean but very commercial feel. Lots of shopping malls and food places. I didn't have the feeling of historical, heritage or culture as ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul September 10th 2014

Sunday morning up bright and early to depart the lovely apartment we were staying in at Costa del Sol to go to the airport to fly to Seoul at lunchtime. Thank you so much Julie & Roddy from Scotland – we loved it. We arrived at the airport far too early – check in wasn’t for almost 2 hours!! Could have stayed in bed longer… was pretty tired. Then, the plane to Rome from Malaga was delayed for about an hour and a half. Ugghhhh. When we arrived in Rome we had a few hours stopover so that was Sunday and arrived in Seoul on Monday at 3.30pm. As we got off the plane and onto the bus to take us to the terminal we noticed that one of the passengers had a dog with him! ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul August 11th 2014

When traveling abroad never leave home without these things: a cellphone, a watch, a few books, a pen, teddy gram snackpacks, a waterbottle, all your information and contact numbers, Imodium, advil, your credit card and Monopoly Deal. These are the absolute essentials. Even if you don’t think you would need them, when the time comes and you find yourself in an unanticipated situation, you will wish you brought them. Of this list, we had forgotten many of course. The next 14 hours consisted of many rounds of Monopoly Deal, 4 movies and a few hours of restless sleep, pretty uneventful stuff. We stepped off the plane and after waiting in more lines we headed to the baggage claim are to grab our luggage. We stood around with our backs to the wall scouring for a pay ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul August 11th 2014

It felt good to be back. I was actually more nervous than I remember for this trip. Four countries in under four weeks! Most recently in 2010 and 2012, I had chaperoned 11 kids twice in one country and had jumped over to the Caribbean (Cabo, D.R, and Bahamas) for a week here and there, but it had been awhile since I had dusted of the proverbial backpack (I have upgraded to a suitcase on wheels...so smart!) and been a traveler. And really, most of the trip was planned out and not just by me. I was only in charge of one country, Cambodia. Anne gave me advice about South Korea, Dipendra and Emily were covering Nepal, and Matt had mapped out Thailand, so there really was no need for concern. But I guess the case ... read more
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Endless ice cream
Traditional Korean home stay

Asia » South Korea » Seoul August 11th 2014

Things about Korea that I loved: McDonalds has delivery All the women have a great sense of style and always look like they are ready for the catwalk (which made me superbly self-conscious in my frumpy sweats and messy hair) Food and motels are cheap Everyone we had talked to was nice and very helpful I did not see one overweight person (though it seemed everyone smokes) Although grateful to see a bit of Seoul, 3 days is certainly not enough time, especially with all the restrictions we had to face. The Philippines is a hot country, we packed everything we needed for 30°C weather, but nothing for South Korean weather – snow. Shorts and tank tops are hardly suitable for below freezing temperatures so we did what we could, layered on our shirts and sweaters, ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gangnam August 6th 2014

arrives ce matin a 8h45 á Seoul Pris en charge par Koreaexpo 2014 pour le tranfert a l hotel IBIS voila notre journee en photos vue de l hotel 11 etage repas du midi visite de la ville et d un grand magasin... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul July 28th 2014

On the top in the mountain of Seoul i saw that everybody writed something on the metal wall.. After i decide also to write a something.. It was a message to all people in Korea... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul July 28th 2014

Here I felt i was in a prison they give me the same t shirt what everyone wore. And you could not go outside if you went outside you had to pay again. Different experience ..... read more




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