Korea does not come to mind, when I think of white sand beaches and blue sunny skies. However, with a little bit of digging during my time teaching in Korea, I discovered that Korea does indeed have white sand beaches and places that have a beach culture. Coming from South Africa myself I decided to search for a piece of Summer paradise by traveling and experiencing various places in Korea. Over the years, I fell in love with a few beaches in Korea that are situated in various provinces all over the country and have come to choose my favorite beaches according to my mood and vibe I would like to enjoy during a weekend getaway.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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It's that exciting time when a loved one visits you while you are living and teaching in Korea! There is nothing more fulfilling than sharing a special milestone in your life with a friend or family member who is close to you. However, now the sweat begins... Where do you take them? What itinerary will you create? You have only one day in the bustling city of Seoul, here are some great stops on your must-see and must-do list!Read More
One of the greatest things about teaching and living abroad is traveling. Korea is one of the easiest countries to travel around. With some of the most efficient transport systems in the world, you can visit great cities and experience awesome weekend getaways conveniently.
Gangwondo Province surprised me. After living in Korea for three years I thought I had seen it all. Gangwondo was very different to the usual countryside hills and rice paddy plains. It was mountainous and green, and had a surprisingly different farming atmosphere. Instead of rice, there was copious amounts of potatoes, and instead of bulgogi, there was delicious octopus stir-fry. I enjoyed seeing the rocky mountain tops and the sea below while driving on a winding mountain pass. Not only is the province beautiful, but it is also rich with lots of adventurous activities. Hiking, beaches, temple stays, white river rafting, winter skiing, and casinos!
Although I am originally from Las Vegas, NV, where just outside the casino boundaries Burning Man is hosted, I've never actually entertained the thought of camping in the middle of nowhere. So, when a friend first proposed the idea of Korea Burn to me - "You bring all your own supplies like food and water into the woods and you share with everyone for a weekend!" - I was skeptical, and very concerned about how many water bottles I needed to bring/carry. But, after viewing some videos from last year's burn, I warmed up to the idea of contributing to a community camping experience. Little did I know, there was a lot more going on than just camping.
As someone who grew up in a landlocked state nearly smack in the middle of the U.S., traveling to another state was normal. But going to another country? Too far and too expensive. In fact, while I've traveled all over the U.S., moving to Korea was the first time I'd ever left my home country. Now that I'm here, the novelty of being able to easily country-hop is still so amazing to me. I can't even count the hours I've spent planning the trips I'll be taking someday. Lucky for you, in all of my planning, I've amassed a huge amount of resources. So get ready to bookmark websites, because it's about to get real with a whole lot of information.
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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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When I first got to Korea in May 2012, I was told that there were many things to see and do. Having done many new things in Korea and thoroughly enjoying myself, I was really looking forward to was the Cherry Blossom Festival in Gyeongju, South Korea. I was told that the Cherry Blossoms would be the thing to see come spring time. I was so looking forward to this. Initially, I thought of going with the popular organizers “Adventure Korea” but when I realized that Pohang International Church (PIC) would also be going for the day, I decided that I could wait a week and go with PIC. I also decided to sign up for a marathon that would take place that weekend as well; a 5K (approximately 3.2 miles). I was excited!
A friend went with Adventure Korea the weekend before I was set to got with PIC and it looked gorgeous. Although it rained on that Saturday, the pictures she took on Sunday were incredible. I was hoping for the same experience; bike riding along the lake with the beautiful scenery of dozens of cherry blossoms in the back drop. That however, did not happen.
This weekend some friends and I ventured to Damyang for their famous Bamboo Festival. Because of the close proximity to Gwangju, where I teach English, this was a very convenient festival for me to attend. After a mere hour long bus ride (and it only cost me 2,000 won), we arrived at the festival.
The COEX Aquarium is by far one of the strangest aquariums I’ve ever seen. Our ChungDahm branch took the students for a field trip there for their Albatross level up party, and instructors volunteered to chaperone. Although the students seemed to be disinterested the whole way through up until the gift shop, I was thoroughly amused by the weird, quirky things about the aquarium, and the reactions from the students.