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Little old me and my travels.




Asia » South Korea » Jeollanam-do May 17th 2015

We arrived at Jirisan about 3:45 am. The bus journey up to the pass was pretty hairy. Normally, the driving skills of the bus driver don't bother me, but this time I was scared. We got out at the parking lot and were treated to a sky full of stars. It was so beautiful. There is so much light pollution where I live, I haven't seen the stars like this in years. The car park was quite busy for this time in the morning, there were about 5 other buses parked up. This isn't the normal trail that people do when coming to Jirisan, most people do the hike that goes to the biggest peak in the park. We started hiking at 4 am. It was pitch black. I love hiking in the dark like this. ... read more
Sunrise
Still A Long Way To Go
Sunrise

Asia » South Korea » Jeollabuk-do May 3rd 2015

We took the train from Seoul to Daejeon, we were on the slow train so the journey took about two hours and we arrived around 10. We exited the station and found our tour bus eventually. The tour bus looked brand new and the seats were covered with vinyl. Once everyone had arrived, we set off and we drove through Daejeon for about half an hour to reach our first destination Ppuri Gongwon or in English Root Park. Ppuri Gongwon was opened on 1st November 1997 and is filed with sculptures and pieces of artwork that remind people of their family ties. In Korea, the same family names are very common, with Park, Kim and Lee being the most prominent, I think. Also the family names have ties to different areas or cities, so if your ... read more
Ppuri Gongwon
Ppuri Gongwon
Ppuri Gongwon

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gwangjin-gu April 26th 2015

A trio of mountains. I have previously hiked Yongmasan, many, many years ago, and when I did that hike, we had wanted to tack Achasan on to it, but couldn't find our way, so had to give up. However, this time I would start at Achasan to make sure I got there. Achsan, Yongmasan and Mangusan were all collectively called Mt. Acha or Achasan until the Joseon dynasty. So hopefully I would be able to tackle all three without too much difficulty. I took the subway to Achasan station. The blogs I had read about getting to the mountain form the subway station made it seem quite difficult, but I think I followed the directions from 10 magazine and it was pretty simple. And if you are there at the weekend, you can just follow the ... read more
Pretty Mural
Pretty Flowers
Park Entrance

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gangnam » Gae-po-dong April 25th 2015

I took the subway to Suseo station and came out of exit 6. The start of the trail is a one minute walk away. I spent sometime, looking at the trail map. There was the trail map for the mountain also for the Seoul Trail, which is spread over more than 100 kilometres, over the city, and seems to mainly be on the flat land around the base of the mountains. It looks like the Seoul Trail could be nice. I hope I have time to do a section or two of it. I started up the steps, which marked the start of the trail. the steps weren't too bad and didn't last too long, before giving way to a gentle forest trail. There were a few benches not long after the steps and some friends ... read more
The City Poking Through the Trees
Start of the Trail
Seoul

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Seodaemun-gu April 12th 2015

Spring has sprung! The cherry blossoms were out in force and I wanted to head some where to walk about in their beauty and, of course, take some photos. I don't know what it is about cherry blossoms, but they just put a smile on my face. Maybe their beauty is amplified as they are the first real flowers after winter. I just wished they lasted longer, cherry blossom season is too short. The flowers would be at their peak on 9th April in Seoul. The KTO (at least I think it's the KTO) publishes a guide stating the dates when the cherry blossoms peak in different regions and cities of Korea. So I was only a couple of days late. Ideally, I had wanted to visit somewhere that wasn't too busy, but I knew I ... read more
Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Seodaemun-gu April 4th 2015

Gaemi Maeul means Ant Village, and is located in northern Seoul. The village is in the foothills of Inwangsan Mountain. It is very easy to get to. I took the subway to Hongje Station and came out of exit one. I walked along the street for about 5 minutes and came to the bus stop. This area of northern Seoul is more traditional, since it was a Saturday, loads of adjummas had set up stalls along the path, selling fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This neighbourhood is a contrast to the modern, polished areas of Gangnam and the like, south of the river. I waited a little while at the bus stop, there were plenty of buses coming and going, but not the number 07, which I needed. The journey on the minibus took about 10 to ... read more
Trail to Inwangsan
Gaemi Maeul
Gaemi Maeul

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Mactan Island February 22nd 2015

We had decided to do a tour of Mactan Island because our hotel offered it, and it would drop us at the airport, ready for our flight home. The staff at our hotel weren't the greatest, the first person we had inquired about the tour with told us he would speak to the manager and never got back to us. He obviously forgot about us, as when we went to reception to ask again, we asked a different member of staff, and when he saw us, he realised why we were there. The other member of staff said that they would ask the manager and then ring us. It's a good job, we weren't going anywhere that evening, as it took a few hours for them to ring us to confirm. It should have been a ... read more
Virgen Dela Regla Church
Virgen Dela Regla Church
Virgen Dela Regla Church

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Cebu City February 21st 2015

What a morning! It started off okay, got packed up and had a nice breakfast at the restaurant. We sat waiting for our tuk-tuk to turn up. We waited ages and it became evident that he had forgotten about us or had a better offer. It took 45 minutes from where we were staying on Panglao Island to the ferry port, we were on a serious time crunch. The owners of our guesthouse saved the day, they had to go to a flower market near the ferry port, so they offered to take us. We were relieved for about a minute, until we realised we had to wait for the driver and van to turn up. It was stressful, waiting and watching the minutes tick by. The van turned up and we drove to the port, ... read more
Taoist Temple
Taoist Temple
Taoist Temple

Asia » Philippines » Bohol » Panglao February 20th 2015

We were still shattered, so didn't get up to early. We headed over to the restaurant for some breakfast and to ask them about the boat trip we wanted to do. We shared a continental and an English breakfast, they were good. The bread was really delicious, and sharing the two meant we got a good combo of fruit, bacon and eggs. The owner of the guesthouse went off to see the boatman, the one they usually use was already booked for the day, so she was going to see if another fisherman was available. We ordered some sandwiches to take on the boat trip with us, and went to the little convenience store near our accommodation to stock on water and snacks. When we were ready, the owner took us to the boat. We went ... read more
Leaving Panglao
Our Boat
Island In The Distance

Asia » Philippines » Bohol » Carmen February 19th 2015

Too many snoozes on the alarm clock meant that we had to miss out on breakfast. Our bodies were still recovering from our long overnight journey and lack of sleep. The power had gone off during the night meaning that the fan had gone off during the night. It was pretty warm when got up, but not unbearable. The water had run out during the night too, so I had to run over to the restaurant and grab an extra bucket full. Doing a bucket wash, definitely made showering a lot quicker. Our driver was ready and waiting for us at 8 am. We headed off. We drove around Panglao Island first, the driver did a quick stop at Alona Beach, and we decided that we would come back there later in the day. Since the ... read more
Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills




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