Archive for Korea

What I Miss Most About Korea
January 2nd, 2014Asia, Destinations, KoreaNatalia 8 Comments

I have now hit the three month mark in my time in China and I find myself reminiscing about our wonderful year in Korea. All this reminiscing is because I’m just not having as a good time in China as I did in Korea.  That time in Korea still remains the best year of my life […]

A Visit to the Penis Park – Haesindang Park, Gangwon-do, Korea

This is a story of how a beautiful young virgin almost ruined the entire fishing industry of a small Korean village. The young girl was swept away by the sea just beyond the reach of her lover’s fingertips. Little did the townspeople know that a curse was bestowed upon their tiny village.  The fishermen came back […]

Commuting on Two Wheels – Toronto vs Busan

Summer is upon us yet again and with its return I am reminded of last summer and the fun I had exploring various countries by motorbike, bicycle and by foot. Although I wish I could perpetually travel I also have other things I want to do which keep me working. Ultimate Frisbee and mountain biking in the Don […]

Accidentally on Purpose – Engrish in Korea
April 21st, 2013Asia, Destinations, KoreaNatalia 8 Comments

Korean is a wonderful and sometimes a very strange place. One of the strange and funny things in Korea is the “accidental” Engrish. English signage is quite trendy in Korea, even if it’s placement makes absolutely no sense. There’s an abundance of public signage “inspired” by English. It’s not real English by all means, it’s somewhere in between […]

An Abandoned Apartment Complex – Eonyang, Korea

On the way back to Busan from Gyeongju from an Ultimate tournament, Jonathan noticed that the typical apartment complex in the Suburbs of Ulsan looked a little bit strange, a little bit abandoned. As we  drove passed it another time we decided that we would come back and explore it sometime. We had heard of an abandoned amusement park […]

The Korean Experience – That Backpacker
January 27th, 2013Asia, Destinations, Guest Post, Interests, KoreaNatalia 7 Comments

Why did you decide to come to Korea to teach English? Like most university graduates fresh out of school, work prospects in Canada didn’t seem very promising. I had been toying with the idea of teaching English abroad since my second year of university, and after a year of fruitless job-hunting in the city, I […]

The Failed Motorbike Journey – Jinju Lantern Festival

The story begins with an ambitious plan. It was a Friday afternoon and Natalia had to work Saturday morning. The Jinju Lantern Festival was in full swing and we didn’t want to miss it. It was only a journey of 120km from Busan and thus we thought we could head there after school and make […]

Top 10 Strangest Things in Korea

Korea torpedoed to where it stands today in just about 40 years. It was almost on par with North Korea in development and economy until the late 80s. While I lived there, it seemed to me that Korea was almost stuck between tradition and modernization, not knowing whether to slow down or to accept the […]

Top 3 Recommended Detours – Cycling Across Korea

While not the most exciting read, this is meant for those who are planning to use the cross-Korea cycling route on the 4-rivers trail from Seoul to Busan. On the whole, the trail is entertaining and great to do with friends since you’re not stuck to busy roads nor do you need superior navigation skills. […]

From Seoul, Through Tunnels – Cycling Across Korea

Today was the official first day of our cycling across Korea tour. It was a hot one, it went above 35 degrees today. I think that has become the pattern of our cycling stories.   I realized today that Seoul is a much better city for cycling than Busan. There are bike paths here, and […]

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