Blogs from South Korea, Asia - page 2


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 » Suwon March 2nd 2015

First time couchsurfing (Mar 1st 2015) In the evening we met Daegyu, our first couchsurfing host at a metro station in Seoul. He had been in the city for the day, so we were able to go home to Suwon with him and didn't have to worry about finding the right mean of transport there. His profile mentioned he had a dog, but he told us there was none. However, he was living with his mom, dad, brother and grandma, so instead of staying in a place with a dog we got the chance to live with a whole Korean family! When we arrived in Suwon we were chatting on the way to his place and something really funny came up. Daegyu asked where in Germany we came from, so we told him we lived in ... read more
View over Suwon
View over Suwon
If you add a rock on top you can make a wish

Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 1st 2015

At 6 am Astrid and I slowely woke up, but decided to stay in bed until 8 (fight against the jetlag). We got ready, checked out of the hostel and went to get some breakfast. We found some café and since I get grumpy when I'm hungry I just got the first thing I saw which was a bagel with cream cheese, not very Korean, I know and a green tea. Afterwards we made our way to the north of Seoul where we went to the best tourism office in town (as my Lonely Planet said) to get some more information on Seoul and Korea in general. On our way we past by a little stage where a choir performed and a little parade took place. March 1st was the day Korea started its resistance against ... read more
A choir singing to celebrate Korea's independance movement
First impressions of Seoul
Choir again

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 » Seoul February 27th 2015

The flight is booked (Jan 19th 2015) I had the idea to go to South Korea in December when my Korean friend told me she would be going back over our semester break in March to see her family and I thought: "Hey, why not visit her while she's there?". My wanderlust had been growing for a while and I was in need of a big trip to a country far far away. So why not Asia? I've never been to the biggest continent (I don't really count Turkey as Asia) and since I knew a local there it was the perfect opportunity to go there. Then Minjeong (my Korean friend) told me about this other girl, Astrid, who was also interested in going, so we got together and decided to travel together. At first there ... read more
Entrance to the men's quiet room
Women's quiet room
Our hostel room

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangnam-do » Yangsan February 26th 2015

I'm going to take a break from the posts about the places I've visited for a minute. (Don't worry, Taipei and Seoul will be coming soon!) I have no been in South Korea for just about 3 months. I am 25% of the way through with my teaching contract. I survived my first Christmas away from home by spending it with friends instead. I have watched my niece and nephew get bigger and reach milestones without getting to see them except in photos; I missed my niece's second birthday. In the next 9 months, three of my closest friends will get married and I won't be there to celebrate with them. In three months, I have visited Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, and Seoul as well as taken several trips in to Busan to explore. I have ... read more
One of the largest crabs I have ever seen...

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 25th 2015

Because life is too short to stay in one country… I’m headed abroad to South Korea! Right now I’m about 10 hours in to a 24 hour airport extravaganza and on the longest flight of 15 hours and things are going very well. I’m not as tired as I should be considering the lack of sleep, have already met some wonderful people on the plane and at the airport, am about halfway through knitting a scarf (are you proud of me Sammy?), and have started reading “The Greatest Works of Dostoyevski” aka, “Five Books You Couldn’t Finish Even if You Read the Entire Flight”. I am super excited to get to the Seoul airport, which is ranked the world’s best and is apparently the absolute coolest place ever to be stuck waiting for a plane for ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 25th 2015

Currently at Incheon Airport, which seems nice, but I spent a lot of time at customs and rechecking my baggage and didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to. Never bring an apple to Korea. It will take you forever to get through customs because for some reason instead of just throwing the apple away it has to be taken to “Produce Quarintine.” This involves calling in a bunch of people who have to wear special suits and gloves to take the apple, ask you various questions about it and look at you like you are from Mars for even considering eating it. On the up side Korean toddlers are very cute and there are a lot of them here. I also like the uniforms that the flight attendants wear. Very classy.... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan February 20th 2015

Beautiful Gwangalli Beach, Busan From mountain top temples to seaside cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches, Busan is a gem. I cannot describe the feeling I got when I first saw Gwangalli bridge in the distance. The neon lights reflected off the calm sea water while the double-decker suspension bridge reached across the bay. Cars were zooming over it but all I could hear was the gentle ebb and flow of the sea water on the shore. The calming atmosphere of the beach is contrasted by the hustle and bustle of the bars and night life scene on the street opposite to the sandy shore. Fireworks were being sold and lit in the distance and loud dance music was blaring from the club 8 stories up in the nearest high-rise. This was the scene every night at ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeonggi-do » Gapyeong January 25th 2015

Petite France is a French style village nestled in rural Gyeonggi-do. It is situated between Cheongpyeong and Gaypyeong, two smallish towns. It's quite a trek from Seoul, but since we were in the area, we headed there for a look around. We got a lift there and joined the queue to pay our entrance fee. For a cold, overcast afternoon in January, the place was pretty busy, definitely busier than I expected. I think the entrance fee was 8,000 won. We wandered around the village for a couple hours, we had got a leaflet when entered which had a map on it, but we didn't really use it. There were plenty of things to take photos of. The village is a mix of outdoor and indoor things. The views were pretty, you could see out over ... read more
Petite France
Petite France

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