Explore Busan

Busan, can you be redeemed? Unfortunately, my first trip to Busan 부산 left me with a sour taste in my mouth that I had yet to shake. I hope that by spending a few days here, my mind could be changed, and I could fall in love with the city. After an hour and aContinue reading “Explore Busan”

Gyeongju South Korea

Gyeongju 경주 was the stronghold of the Shilla 신라 Dynasty, one of the largest kingdoms in Korea; today, only relics and tombs remain of this kingdom that helped shape Korea. It may seem that there is not much to see in Gyeongju, but once you get there, your days will be full of picturesque scenery,Continue reading “Gyeongju South Korea”

Itaewon

Itaewon 이태원 is known for being the foreigner hang out attracting ex-pats and tourists alike. A place where many feel a little freer to dress, act, and talk like they would then in other areas in Korea. Walking around Itaewon, it is easy to see why this eclectic neighborhood is a safe haven for thoseContinue reading “Itaewon”

Myeongdong

When places lose their charm and go through hard times, it is easy to leave them behind, seeking the new up-and-coming place to spend your money on. When we do this, we doom a place to be full of empty shops and its people to lose their lively hood. The challenge for tourists, especially thoseContinue reading “Myeongdong”

Markets in Seoul

Markets in Asia just hit different, and I don’t mean your regular supermarket or a small 10 stall one either. Markets here then to be a massive complex of over 100 shops. Some sell the same product or type of product others sell a bit of everything. Three of the major markets in Seoul includeContinue reading “Markets in Seoul”

Juknokwon Bamboo Forest

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you should be excited about your weekend plans, but all you want to do is cancel all of them and not leave your bed? I don’t know if was stress from finishing the year up at work, hormones, falling and banging up my knee, or theContinue reading “Juknokwon Bamboo Forest”

Less Then 48 Hours in Seoul

I have lived in Korea for 10 months and have yet been up to Seoul 서울시. Well, outside my 14-day quarantine, that is. My friend Sam and I decided that we deserved to treat ourselves for New Year’s. Even with a 9pm Covid related restaurant and bar curfew, we were determined to celebrate the pastContinue reading “Less Then 48 Hours in Seoul”

Small Town Living in South Korea Featuring A Cult, Mud, and Some Chickens

Somedays, I feel like describing where I live is like telling a tale of two Cheonggye’s 청계면. A 30 min busied north of Mokpo in Muan County 무안군, Cheonggye is a farming community, a fishing community, and a college town nestled between mountains and the sea in Jeollanam-do South Korea. I live in the centralContinue reading “Small Town Living in South Korea Featuring A Cult, Mud, and Some Chickens”

Lies About Eating Cheap in Korean

Grocery shopping is everyone’s favorite chore. Some of us wake up early on the weekend or go after work to try to beat the insufferable crowds. The crowds full of screaming children (maybe yours), people leaving their carts in the middle of the aisle or ramming them into you, the chaos and madness of wanderingContinue reading “Lies About Eating Cheap in Korean”

The Wildest 24 Hours of My Life: My First Hoesik

They told me I was going to Boseong 보성군. I did not sign up for what happened next.  Since covid, the Korean Hoesik 회식 has been canceled. Hoesik is really any gathering of people to eat, get drunk, and marry; however, it has become synonymous with workplace culture in Korea. Pre-covid, you were expedited toContinue reading “The Wildest 24 Hours of My Life: My First Hoesik”