Inwangsan

Inwangsan

I’m still on my get-out-of-the-city kick. It’s probably because there are only a few more weekends left of leaves and mild (albeit still cold) weather before the thick of winter sets in. You see, I’m a hibernator in winter. Actually, I’m a hibernator in pre-winter as well, so I’ve had to force myself out of the … Continue reading

Andong

Andong

For the past few weeks I’ve been wanting to get out of the city again. Specifically, I wanted to visit Andong, a city in the eastern-central part of the peninsula, which is surrounded by an abundance of Korean culture and history. So, this past weekend, I was more than pleased to find a Meetup trip … Continue reading

Back to Insadong

Back to Insadong

Ok, so it’s been a while. Apologies. Apologies all around. The truth is, not much has happened here of late. I’ve been keeping to myself mostly, trying my best to wrap up this stupid ailment. I am no longer on stomach medication, and all that seems to be left of this thing is the rebound … Continue reading

Racing a Typhoon

Racing a Typhoon

I knew I wanted to get out of the city this past weekend. After a bit of looking around, I settled on a visit to Boseong, a small town in the south of Korea, home of a beautiful green tea (nokcha – pronounced noke-chah) plantation. The only problem was this damned typhoon. It was sitting there in … Continue reading

Day 4: The Food

Day 4: The Food

By day 4, I was pretty spent. After a full day out in Seoul, a long day of hiking, and waking up really early to travel several hours to an island and back, I was ready for a calmer day. So, what to do? Well, I knew I had to go back to Namdaemun. The … Continue reading

Day 3: The Island

Day 3: The Island

As much as I love Seoul, it’s nice to get out of the city every once in a while. With that in mind, on Friday I set out to do that which I had wanted to do for a long time: take a ferry to an island. I really wanted to visit some islands on … Continue reading

Day 2: The Climb

Day 2: The Climb

Thursday was the actual day of Chuseok. Families had, by now, arrived at their destinations and begun cooking the large Chuseok meal, as we do on Thanksgiving. Most everything in the city is closed on this day, and the people are sparse, so I thought it would be a great day to do one of … Continue reading

Chuseok, Day 1

Chuseok, Day 1

Chuseok (pronounced choo-sock) is the Korean harvest festival. Many Koreans liken it to American Thanksgiving, though the two holidays are very different. What they share, though, is the intense travel, the gathering of family, and the huge meal. Almost all of my students went to their grandmother’s houses (sometimes both grandmother’s houses) to see their relatives, and on … Continue reading

Garden 5

Garden 5

When I was in Korea four years ago, one of my more memorable experiences was attending a photography exhibit with my friend Emily. The photos were great to be sure, but it was the location that really left a mark. The show was held not in an art gallery, but in the basement of a … Continue reading

Birthday Week

Birthday Week

When I was younger my birthday meant one thing: school was about to start. Since being born on August 28th twenty six years ago, my birthday has fallen on the first day of school several times. My happy day became a sad day, as it meant the end of a fun and unproductive summer vacation. … Continue reading