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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 […]

Follow the Yellow Dirt Path – Motorbiking in Cebu, Philippines

I didn’t have a choice when it came to motorbike in Philippines. When you agree to go to Philippines with three guys your motorbiking choices are down to “go” or “go faster”. Today was the first time I spent more than 5 minutes riding a motorbike. Jonathan has been trying to make me ride his […]

River Climbing in Cebu – Moalboal, Philippines
January 14th, 2013Asia, Destinations, PhilippinesNatalia 3 Comments

The morning after we arrived in the Cebu, Philippines we were really excited to go diving, but the waves were huge and the clouds were heavy. Luckily that day the adventure company at our hotel had a river climbing tour scheduled, we signed up 20 minutes before the bus was set to leave. Don’t you […]

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. […]

Japan’s Largest Active Volcano – Mount Aso, Kumamoto
December 18th, 2012Asia, Destinations, Japan, Most Read, MountainsNatalia 3 Comments

Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan. Our filled-to-the-brim 5 day Japan trip nearly meant we had to cut out Mount Aso, but after examining our list of things to see and checking train times and prices there was no feasible way to do everything without renting a car for 3 days. We […]

In Paradise with Buddha – Borobudur Temple, Java
December 15th, 2012Asia, Destinations, Indonesia, JavaNatalia 10 Comments

Jonathan and I love to explore on two wheels and we decided that the best way to explore Borobudur temple was on a scooter. We woke up at 5:15am in order to beat the Sunday morning rush. Actually we slept terribly, Jonathan got up at 2 am thinking that it was time to go! Didn’t take […]

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 […]

Getting Started – Cycling Across Korea

I love Korea. I cannot get enough of it. I think it is probably the greatest country in the world (Jon doesn’t agree) . So when Jonathan and I got a chance to cycle across Korea I was excited. Really excited. I also knew it was only about 700km from Seoul to Busan so that seemed […]

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