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Bong's Food: An Introduction to Korea's Blood Sausage

Posted on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

For anyone who has heard of blood sausage, the Korean traditional sausage that scares a lot of foreigners, it is a Korean staple that everyone must try. It is one of those things that you are probably scared of (maybe EXTREMELY SCARED OF), but you should just give it a go. Luckily, there's a place that's very welcoming and serves this not so appealing Korean traditional dish.  Bong’s Food 봉스 떡볶이 is a small chain in Korea with an original location in Sookdae, and they serve up a less spicy version of the Korean traditional dish of rice cakes and it is probably the only place that I recommend for EVERYONE who lives in or is planning to visit Korea. 

Ddukbokki is a popular Korean staple food, along with blood sausages 순대, fish cakes 오뎅, and a variety of battered fried goodies 튀김 (which range from vegetables to dumplings to fish cakes even).
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Let's Find Out: Just how big is baseball in South Korea?

Posted on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 01:30 PM

Before I came to South Korea to teach English, I had no idea just how big baseball was here. However, having been here five months already, I can tell it is a BIG deal. From the many stadiums, to the kids in my classes wearing their team jerseys and even their little league uniforms, there is no question about it, baseball is big here in South Korea. In Ireland, where I am from, baseball is not big at all, in fact I don’t even think I know anyone who has watched a game! So, I decided to go see my first game while here in South Korea. The game I went to see was The Samsung Lions vs The Dinos. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, festivals, cities in Korea, Daegu, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, sports in Korea, benefits of living in Korea

An English Teacher Decides to Dog Walk in Korea

Posted on Fri, Oct 04, 2013 @ 03:06 PM

When I decided to teach English in Korea, I knew that it would be hard to leave my friends and family. But I also knew that with Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and email it would be very easy to keep in contact with everyone. What I didn’t realize, however, is just how much I would miss being around animals. Having had a dog my whole life, living in Korea is the first time I find myself pet-less. Which is why, when one of the other English teachers at my school told me about the dog shelter in my neighbourhood, I had to check it out. 

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Tags: dogs in korea, dog, teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, festival, festivals, cities in Korea, Daegu, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, parks in Korea, benefits of living in Korea

Duryu Park: An English Teacher's favourite in Daegu, Korea

Posted on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 @ 04:51 PM

When I came to Korea to teach English, the first thing I noticed was how many parks there were. Every city block seems to have a small patch of land or park. Trees, grass, and benches are everywhere. What’s better is that they are spotless. (Even in Seoul, where I spent my first week, the parks were clean). In Daegu, where I am teaching English and living now, this is also the case. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, festival, festivals, cities in Korea, Daegu, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, parks in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, International Body Painting Festival

Go for a hike! Hiking Apsan Mountain in South Korea

Posted on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

As I mentioned in my previous blog (Sneak Peek into Korea's 3rd Largest City: Daegu), there are many outdoor activities to do, while teaching English in Korea. This blog will look at Hiking. Hiking is very big here in Korea, in fact, it is probably one of the most popular pastimes, dare I say it, it's even more popular than Noribang. One of the reasons why hiking is so big here in Korea, is because of the landscape. In Daegu, where I am living, I am surrounded by mountains. One of my favourites is Apsan Mountain. Apsan, which is a five minute taxi ride away, costs me around €4 or $5 to get to.

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Daegu's International Body Painting Festival (Korea - Part 2)

Posted on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

Welcome to the second part of my blog, which will continue looking at Daegu's International Body Painting Festival (If you missed out on Part 1 you can view it here).To recap: Once a year, in Duryu Park (which is in Daegu) artists from all over the world including: China, Japan, Korea, and America come here for this two day event. There are two categories, the first is body painting and the second is fantasy make-up. This blog will look at the body painting. The best part about this amazing festival is that it is completely free. From walking around the open tents, where you can see the artists sketching the outlines and then painting the models, to the staged show, which is several hours long, to the award ceremony and fireworks - you don’t pay a cent (or Korean Won as the case is here). The prizes for the winning artists are quite generous too, with first place worth nearly $10,000 or €7,500, so the fact that there is no entry fee for visitors is amazing! Festivals like this are very common here in Korea, which is great news for us English teachers.  

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, festival, festivals, cities in Korea, Daegu, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, International Body Painting Festival

Daegu's International Body Painting Festival (Korea - Part 1)

Posted on Thu, Sep 05, 2013 @ 03:17 PM

Every year in Daegu, South Korea there is an international body painting festival. As this was my first time being in Korea for it, I was eager to go along and see what all the excitement was about. All the other English teachers at my school, who were here last year (and some the year before) said that the festival was a must-see. Well, they were right. The festival was very impressive. From the very detailed paintings to the shows they put on, everything about this festival was great. The atmosphere was electric and the crowds, which were made of thousands of Koreans and Foreigners alike, were all in good spirits. 

(Given Daegu's nickname, Colorful Daegu, the location was quite appropriate)

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, festival, festivals, cities in Korea, Daegu, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, International Body Painting Festival

Sneak Peek into Korea's 3rd Largest City: Daegu!

Posted on Fri, Jul 05, 2013 @ 04:40 PM

My name is John & I have been teaching English in South Korea just over five weeks now. I teach in Wolbae, Daegu. Where is Daegu you ask? Well....This blog will explain all. When I got my contract for Daegu – I thought great, I have my contract I’m ready to go. My second thought was where is Daegu? All I knew was it wasn’t Seoul and it wasn’t Busan.

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