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My First Hiking Experience in Bukhansan National Park

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’d  consider myself very health conscious. There is a range to this. LA health can become a parody of itself, with twelve dollar activated charcoal juice and any vegetable you can imagine being “massaged.” Yoga studios charge exorbitant amounts for classes that make you wonder how aligned the practice is from the place it was created. But for each absurdity you encounter when it comes to wellness, there is also gold. While raised in a predominantly Asian and Latinx neighborhood, there was a fruit stand each direction where I could buy a mango bouquet drenched in chili powder and lime as well as decades-old family run acupuncture studios passing down the stunning tradition of cupping therapy. I had the privilege of having access to so much greenery, with mountains skirting through the city, with countless breathtaking hikes that jumped out at you from the freeway. I’d run through the mountains as frequently as I could, so when I got to South Korea, I knew Bukhansan National Park would be my friend. But I was wrong.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm, Health in Korea, hiking in seoul, hiking in korea, Korean mountains, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

Five Fun Spring Activities To Do In Seoul 

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 05:54 PM

Spring is my absolute favorite season in Korea. What is there not to love about the sweet smell of cherry blossoms and the return of warm weather!   It is during this time that Korea, comes alive and people are able to enjoy festivals like Tulips in Taean, Cherry Blossoms in Yeouido and strawberries in Nonsan. While these are all great festivals I highly recommend attending during your time teaching in Korea, as a current Seoul resident I wanted to provide you with my five favorite Spring activities in Korea's capital city. 

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Tags: Spring, Spring Time, seoul daytrip, things to do in seoul, teaching in seoul, Biking in Seoul, hiking in seoul, Olympic Park, Seokchon Lake, Namsan Mountain

Mt. Achasan: A Mountain with Rich Korean History

Posted on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Hiking is a sport and outdoor activity that you will probably encounter while living and teaching English in Korea. Coming from South Africa myself, I am accustomed to being outdoors in nature, especially in the summer when the weather is good. I was actually surprised at how huge hiking was in Korea and I was even further surprised by the vast number of trails the country has to offer. Even Koreans themselves are huge into hiking and they are well-equipped and suited both for general and extreme hiking. For example, even the elderly flock in groups to the mountainside, and so it comes as no surprise that Korea is near the top with the highest average life-expectancy in the world, with the elderly averaging 82 years of age nationwide.
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Tags: hiking in korea, hiking in seoul

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