In case you've been away and somehow didn't know, I upended my life in America to teach abroad in South Korea. I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not this move would be beneficial or detrimental to my goals. I did what I usually do when I'm mulling over a question: I researched...
After our first full day in Malaysia, we were loving the food and loving the country. But today we had plans to visit the famous Batu Caves and other cultural attractions around central KL. So after eating breakfast (again, with kaya toast! delicious), we walked along until we got to the Komuter rail. Getting to … Continue reading Angry Monkeys Attack at Batu Caves (and Historical KL), Part 5
Whenever I come to a new place, I make sure to take in some of its cultural heritage. Seoul exploded into the 21st century in Gangnam the last 50 years. Even so, I value taking a step back and seeing the roots of a country. Plus, visiting Gyeongbokgung and the other palaces gives you a cool experience. For … Continue reading Gyeongbokgung: Why You Should Stop Watching Netflix and Come Visit This (and the Other Four Joseon Palaces)
How do you feel about live octopus? Can you imagine it wriggling on your plate? Coming from the American Midwest, people are generally suspicious of seafood. I think about my dad in these instances growing up in rural central Illinois; he frequently suggests that a good meal consists of steak, potatoes, and corn, and that's about it. … Continue reading Noryangjin Fish Market (Or, What It Was Like Eating Live Octopus)
Since we've arrived, most of our excursions have been inside the city of Seoul. Planning day trips to other locations can be expensive. And overall, it just requires more work. That being said, we finally got away from Seoul a few weeks ago to see one of the biggest attractions just outside the city: the magical getaway, Nami Island. … Continue reading Nami Island, A Magical Getaway for Two
We had spent a long day finishing our hike along Seoul City Wall. Beforehand, we had walked through Namdaemun and seen some delicious hotteok being served up. Danny thought this sounded like a great idea after our hike, but we wanted to keep walking. "Let's walk along the Cheonggyecheon." We weren't alone, but we were in for a … Continue reading If You’re in Korea During the Fall, You Must Visit Seoul’s Lantern Festival
Our last two days in Okinawa were packed with activities. We woke up earlier the next day to get on the road and travel up the coast to more exotic locations. Okinawa was vibrantly alive our last two days. We watched the water crash crystal blue, turquoise, and teal against the coast as we drove … Continue reading Waterfalls, Castles, and Sunrises: A Great Last Two Days in Okinawa, Part 2
Coming to Okinawa, we didn't really have a set plan of course. As opposed to our future vacations in Southeast Asia where we would tour the local spots extensively, we came to Okinawa primarily to see our friends. When I first decided to come to South Korea, going to Japan immediately became a priority for me. Having … Continue reading Exploring Downtown Naha and Shuri Castle at Okinawa, Japan, Part 1
If you're ever in Korea for a few days, one of the things you must do is visit a folk village. This is especially true if you come during the fall, as a folk village is usually situated inside a forest. The leaves turn beautiful shades, and wandering from activity to activity is a cultural treat … Continue reading Hello, Yongin Folk Village! (Or, Things to See Around Suwon)
Hiking trails seem endless is Korea, the hiker's paradise, and the one we explored on Gwanaksan was no less beautiful than previous hikes we've done. I must reflect again that I can't imagine many other places in the world where the city and mountains saddle up to each other as perfectly as in Korea. As you may … Continue reading Looking for Beautiful Autumn Hiking Trails? Why Don’t You Try Hiking Gwanak Mountain!