Busan in a Day

I arrived back in Korea about a week and a half ago, and since then it’s been pretty much non-stop. I went straight back into working at my friends’ hostel, and after a couple of days of work, some friends invited me to go to Busan with them for a quick trip. Having never been, I jumped at the chance, and although I didn’t get into Busan until about 5pm on Sunday evening, we packed a great deal in on our one full day, Monday, before I returned to Seoul on Tuesday.

18 hours in Jeonju – bibimbap and boats

After our day at Naejangsan, we caught a bus from Jeongeup to 전주 (Jeonju), about an hour away. A fellow traveller who was staying in the city informed us that Jeonju’s bus terminal is a little out of the way, and suggested we get off in the central district. I was under the impression that the guesthouse we were hoping to stay at was near the terminal, so we stayed on the bus until the end. Mistake number one.

Hiking at Naejangsan

During the time I spent living in Seoul, I unfortunately didn’t venture out of the city. As a result, I hadn’t even considered that I might see more of Korea during my short, ten day trip at the beginning of November than I did living there for three months. I love Seoul, don’t get me wrong – but I was ready to see the Korea beyond the capital. I’m now officially a Korean student, too, and you can kind of get by in Seoul without speaking too much of the language; Jesse suggested that getting away from the metropolis would throw me […]

Getting by as a vegetarian in Seoul

CNN recently published an article naming Seoul as one of their 10 best vegetarian destinations in the world. I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years, and have also been fortunate enough to travel fairly extensively in that time. As a result, I’m no stranger to the struggles of finding a meat-free meal – in Cuba, I ate nothing but omelettes for two weeks straight – and I can confirm that Seoul is in fact one of the worst places I’ve been as a vegetarian. I don’t mean to put anyone off the city by saying this; I managed 3 months, […]

문화 충격 – Culture Shock

  Upon arriving in Seoul, a number of things struck me that I hadn’t really been prepared for. This could easily be a long list, so for now, I’ll restrict it to a few significant things I noticed almost instantly.