Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Traveling to Busan during Chuseok 추석

Posted on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

What’s a Chungdahm teacher to do during Chuseok 추석? Having a Monday and Tuesday off due to what is known as Korean Thanksgiving or Autumn Eve presents many great opportunities. Traveling to Busan, Korea’s 2nd most populous city, for the 4 day weekend is a great choice. Busan is located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang and is a must see and bucket list item when in Korea.

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Tags: things to do on the weekend, busan, Chuseok, Weekend activities in Korea, weekend travel, teaching at CDL, holiday season

Paragliding with Giselle

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Upon arriving to South Korea, I knew I had to accomplish everything on my wish list. Some items on my list include enjoying the beautiful Korean countryside in a rather extreme way: bungee jumping, river rafting, zip lining, hang gliding and paragliding. While I still have a long way to go to complete checking everything off my wish list, I recently checked off paragliding.

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Tags: Weekend activities in Korea, weekend travel, unique things to do in Korea

Mangwon Munching

Posted on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Seoul overflows with amazing food, and to say that you can essentially guarantee a happy belly from the corner stall that sells gaeranbbang (egg bread) and boongobbang (red bean fish shaped waffles) to the instagram haunts and everything in between is a huge understatement. Choosing a subway stop and wandering off in search of nourishment is one of the best, and most easily fruitful things you can do in Seoul, especially while the weather is nice.

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Tags: local market, eating out in Korea, hongdae, Weekend activities in Korea, Korean food, things to do in seoul, mangwon

A Good Day

Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

This may not be profound or educational or particularly interesting to anyone but me. But I want to write about one of my favorite days in Seoul that reminded me why I wanted to return. It’s not really resourceful, but rather an interlaced web of visions and sounds that buried my heart deep into the belly of the city, and for this I’m grateful. So if any of this interests you, read on.

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

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

My Trip to the Winter Olympic Games in Peyongchang

Posted on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 @ 05:52 PM

When I first came to teach in Korea in 2013, now four years ago, I was naive about the world. I had always been taught to put limitations on myself, and my experiences. I was taught that I can’t do things. That some things are not safe. It reminds me very much to those living in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Shire. Much like a Hobbit, I was afraid of the outside world and ignorant of what was out there. But putting my feet outside of the U.S. was the best decision I have ever made. And if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be able to achieve any of the wonderful things that I have already, and will achieve in the future. One of the things I was able to achieve and cross off my bucket list during my time abroad was attending the Winter Olympic Games in Peyongchang last weekend.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be able go to the Olympics, but thanks to some good fortune this dream became a reality.

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Tags: olympics korea, things to do on the weekends, Weekend activities in Korea, winter olympics, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

Fun Activities to do on a Budget while Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 04:47 PM

Sometimes when you want to go out with friends you need to be conscious of spending. Things add up quickly, and it doesn’t make sense to blow all of your extra money all at once. While going to the movies or spending the day lounging at the beach, relaxing in a park or hiking a mountain, can be both fun and cheap, I wanted to make you aware of some activities that are not only inexpensive, but also are unique to Korea.  Below are three activities my friends and I enjoy and I recommend you give them a try during your time teaching in Korea.

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Tags: budgeting, Recreational activities, Weekend activities in Korea

How to Plan a Skiing and Snowboarding Trip While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 05:09 PM

The other weekend I had the opportunity to get out of the city for a day and hit the slopes of one of Korea's many mountains.  Whether you are an avid skier or snowboarder, or just looking to try a new activity, I highly recommend trying this winter sport during your time teaching in Korea.  Going for a day, or even a full weekend, to one of Korea's ski resorts is a great way to stay active, enjoy the outdoors, and be able to experience some of the best views Korea has to offer.  In this blog I will not only write about my personal experience, but I will also give you insights into how to plan a trip, along with providing some information about a three of the mountains you can visit.

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Tags: outdoor activities, Recreational activities, Weekend activities in Korea, skiing

How to Enjoy the Performing Arts and Concerts While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Sat, Jan 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Having lived in Korea for a little over three years now, something that I really enjoy is going to see a live performance. Whether it be a concert, musical, or play, it is just a very fun experience. If you live near Seoul, there are a plethora of venues which hold a wide variety of events. And if language is your barrier to understanding please know that there are international options as well as Korean. Big name foreign acts such as Coldplay, Maroon 5, Damien Rice, and plays such as Sister Act, and Billy Elliot have also made their way to Korea within the last couple of years. They are really fun to go to! So, today I will tell you about my own experiences, where to get tickets, and things you need to know to prepare for going to one of these entertaining events during your time teaching in Korea.

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Tags: Concerts, Activities to do in Korea, cultural activities, Weekend activities in Korea

Experience Fall in Korea By Taking a Weekend Hike in the Mountains

Posted on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 02:26 PM

Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities to do in Korea, and one of the best times to do this in during the Fall.  During the Fall in Korea, not only is the temperature cool enough to make the hiking conditions comfortable, but the foliage also provides for many scenic and colorful views.  It is for this reason  why on a recent Saturday morning in Seoul, my girlfriend and I had signed up for a trip, through meetup, to visit MunGyeong SaeJae, which is located in the heart of Korea.  Despite it lightly raining and the temperature being on the chilly side, we dressed warmly and got on a bus which would lead us to our hiking destination.  This would be my first hiking trip I have taken during my time teaching in Korea, and I was especially excited for this adventure as the outdoors were currently filled with warm fall colors.

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Tags: fall foliage, hiking, things to do on the weekends, hiking in korea, Weekend activities in Korea, fall in korea

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