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How-To: Survive the Winter in Korea, Part 2

Posted on Mon, Feb 03, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

Here in Korea, we're in the throes of (a rather mild) winter, but since I despise the cold, I've been doing everything I can to make sure I make it through my least favorite season with my spirit in tact. Part One of my "How-To: Survive the Winter in Korea" guide focused on five bits of advice that I've learned in my past two winters in Korea. Now I'll round it out to an even ten with the other half of the advice... 

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Tags: a year in Korea, south korea, living in Korea, what to do in korea, life in Korea, winter in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

A View from the Top in Korea: Seoul's 63 Building

Posted on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

There are quite a few spots around Seoul that offer a breathtaking view of the sprawling city. As a bad knee prevents me from being an avid hiker, I've yet to get a look at the city from the top of one of its numerous mountain peaks. Instead, I opted to check out the famous 63 Building, which sits right on the Han River and gives a chance at a full 360 panorama of Seoul. And let me just say: Seoul is one good looking city

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Tags: teaching in Korea, tourist spots in Korea, south korea, what to do in korea, tourist attraction in korea, Han river, tourist attractions, places to see, 63 building, Weekend activities in Korea

I think Korea is amazing! Part 1

Posted on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 03:17 PM

I'm pretty sure you've heard by now that Korea is amazing. And my list of reasons WHY continues to grow. While living here for the past two years, I've grown to love the culture and the people. Although there are still a few things that bother me, I can't imagine how life will be when I move home. I think Korea actually changes everyone, each in a different way. Here are a few ways Korea has spoiled me and made life that much easier:

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Seoul Arts Center: A Worthwhile Day Trip in Korea

Posted on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 @ 02:23 PM

Sure. If you leave the United States, or Canada, or the UK, or South Africa, or wherever else you may be from, you're going to lose a year of your family, and friends, and favorite foods, and favorite what have you. But if you don't leave, you'll lose so much more. The worst thing about not leaving your home for even a brief blip is that you won't even know what you're missing. That's a fact of life. A fact I was reminded of when I made a last minute decision to join some friends at the Seoul Arts Center this past weekend. Originally, I had decided I would vegetate at home and save some money, but I changed my mind for various reasons. I am glad I did. Seoul Arts Center is a massive, impressive, and completely enjoyable complex of fine architecture and art. I almost missed it. I'm glad I left home this weekend. 

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Tags: a year in Korea, seoul, what to do on the weekend, living in Korea, what to do in korea, what to see, art, art gallery in korea, Activities to do in Korea, Seoul Arts Center, Hayao Miyazaki

Rainy Season Activity: Korea's Mustoy Café

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Right now, Korea is smack in the middle of the infamous monsoon season. While it can make walking to work a little less than pleasant, you can’t let it hamper your free time, especially your weekends. Since the out of doors is particularly damp, hot, and muggy, finding indoors activities is a top priority. Luckily, Seoul has a wide range of things to keep you both dry and busy. You can go the normal route like museums and movies, or you can track down some of the more unusual activities. This weekend’s diversion? The Mustoy Café in Seoul... 

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Tags: English teachers in Korea, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, free time in korea, what to do in korea, hongdae, art, cafes in Korea, Cafe, Weekend activities in Korea

Spring's Last Hurrah: A Wedding Day in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

While living and teaching in Korea these last three weeks, I've been invited to two Korean weddings. I was first invited as a plus one by a fellow English teacher, and my second invitation came from my Korean friend, but with the request to bring 1-2 other English speakers. This was so I wouldn't be completely without someone to talk to; the other wedding guests did not speak much English. My friend and I were met with open arms regardless of the language barrier however, because for Korean weddings, it's a sort of tradition that the more people who attend your wedding, the better luck you will have in your future.

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Tags: celebrations in korea, love, what to do in korea, Activities to do in Korea, Spring, couples, Weddings in Korea

Korea Bucket List: Nami Island

Posted on Sat, Jun 22, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

This past weekend, I was excited to be able to cross another destination off my ever growing Korea Bucket ListNamiseom. This gorgeous, half moon shaped island has always looked appealing with its famous tree-lined paths and photogenic surroundings, so some fellow English teachers and I took full advantage of its proximity to Seoul and took an excellent day trip to the island!

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Arrrreg You Ready to Be A Pirate? Pirate Party Cruise in Busan, Korea

Posted on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 @ 04:54 PM

If you had asked me when I first came to Korea, about my ideal night on the town, chances are I would not have mentioned dressing up as a pirate. A couple halloweens ago, I decided to dress up like a pirate, eye patch included. I had a rip roaring good time and longed to don my pirate garb once more. But I couldn't repeat costumes every halloween! So, when I heard about a pirate ship party in Busan, I was pleasantly surprised and more than ready to jump aboard.

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Tags: what to do in korea, fun days in korea, busan, fun, Activities to do in Korea, nights out in Korea, pirate, ship, sea

Visiting Osan's 221 Year Old Traditional Market in Korea

Posted on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

This past weekend, Osan hosted their monthly traditional market, so some fellow Chungdahm teachers and I went to check it out. Traditional markets are very common in Korea, and any length of time spent in this country needs to include a visit to a market. So what makes Osan's market so special that we traveled a couple hours to get there? Well, according to the great internet, it's been around for over 200 years. A mention of it exists in a publication from 1792 called Hwasong Kyolriji, proving it's been around for a very, very long time. 

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Tags: american brunch in korea, Korea, south korea, what to do on the weekend, what to do in korea, markets, Market, market day, traditional market, osan, osan market, brunch, Weekend activities in Korea

Video Blog: How to Kill, Clean, and Eat Raw Octopus in Korea!

Posted on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

One of the most famous Korean bizarre foods in Korea is raw octopus. There have been many who consume the whole octopus (a smaller version of course) without even chopping it up. That was definitley not something I was able to do, but at the very least, I did experience with a Korean chef, how to clean, kill, and consume a Korean traditional eat. This is definitely one experience from teaching and living in Korea that I will never forget. Just for the fun and laughter!

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Tags: what to do in korea, food in Korea, Korean cuisine, Weekend activities in Korea

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