Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Light Up The Night: Jinju Lantern Festival

Posted on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 02:32 PM

It was Hangeul Day recently! So, we teachers were awarded the best surprise gift; a mid-week Wednesday day off. A day trip was quickly thrown together and we happened to notice that a Lantern Festival was happening not too far from Busan, in Jinju.

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Tags: festival, festivals, lanterns, lantern festival, events in Korea, fun days in korea, Activities to do in Korea

Seoul International Fireworks Festival

Posted on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

Four countries. Fireworks Festival. And the Han River. Sounds like a lovely fall Saturday evening in Korea, right? After hearing good reviews from last year's festival, we decided to hit 2013's International Fireworks Festival in Seoul, which was to feature fireworks from Korea, Japan, France, and Canada. Setting out with the vision of a picnic on the bank of the Han while watching fireworks overhead, we soon realized that it wasn't going to play out quite as we'd imagined... Turns out, it's pretty easy to completely bungle an excursion to this festival. Here's my review of the festival as well as some advice on what not to do if you're planning on going in the future...

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Tags: han, things to do in Korea, festival, festivals, seoul, Fireworks, fireworks festival, Activities to do in Korea, Han river, Weekend activities 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

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

Crossing Cultures in Korea: Pohang International Festival

Posted on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Throughout the year I’ve been living and teaching in Korea, I’ve found that there are many festivals throughout the year all over Korea.  And, Pohang is no exception.  This past weekend, Pohang held it’s 6th Annual International Festival and it was a lot of fun!

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Tags: foreigners in korea, festival, festivals, food in Korea, Pohang

Top 5 Must-See Spots in Incheon, Korea!

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

When Aclipse helped me get placed at a Chungdahm branch in Incheon in November 2011, I immediately started doing my research. I was pleased to see that it's the third largest city in Korea and it's next door to Seoul -- meaning popping into the city for weekend adventures would be a cinch. However, I quickly noticed that there's a serious lack of Incheon-coverage in the blog world. So, I present, in no particular order, my top 5 spots to check out in Incheon! 

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Tags: islands, sorae, icn, jayu park, incheon airport, korean fashion, teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, tourist spots in Korea, things to do in Korea, things to do on weekend, things to do on the weekend, festival, festivals, Trips in Korea, what to do in korea, life in Korea, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, cultural experience, incheon, cities in Korea, soraepogu, fish market, cheap goods, camping, applying to teach English, what to see in korea, having fun in korea, Activities to do in Korea, Chinatown, teaching at Chungdahm, tourist attractions in Korea, muuido, bupyeong, What to do Korea, cultural activities, Beaches in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

An English Teacher's New Year's Celebration in Korea on Jeju Island!

Posted on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Jeju's Seongsan Sunrise peak (seen in the the picture above) has been ranked the most beautiful place to visit in Korea by CNNGo and is the iconic image of the island of Jeju. It is an amazing place to spend a day, but around New Years, it becomes home to the Seongsan Sunrise Festival, and it is easy to spend a few days at this awesome landmark.

The Sunrise Festival is centered around watching the sunrise on the morning of January 1st. Thousands of participants hike up to the peak and gaze out to the ocean to watch the first sunrise of the year. It is a surreal experience to be with this mass of people and welcome in the New Year, while watching the sun blaze across the ocean.

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Tags: New Years, Korean culture, teaching in Korea, festival, jeju, Holidays in South Korea

Seoul Lantern Fesitval: An Evening Stroll in Seoul, Korea

Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 @ 02:54 PM

My weekend trips into Seoul while being a teacher in Korea are usually social occasions and this makes for an entertaining subway ride and it's always helpful to have that friend who can talk you down from a senseless purchase (I love to shop in Korea!). But a few weekends ago I ventured into Seoul a few hours before my friends planned to leave home, and although they texted to apologize for being late and making me 'go by myself', I actually enjoyed the afternoon and early evening and Seoul and I had some quality alone time.

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Tags: Korean culture, festival, festivals, seoul, seoul lantern festival, free time in korea, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

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