It’s been a ‘sweltering’ average of 30 degrees here in Korea, though with the high humidity, it does mean that I managed to sweat a little.
Before I left Korea, I decided I needed to visit its famous holiday island, Jeju. I flew down and stayed in a hostel near the main bus terminal. While this was convenient for taking the bus, next time I would probably stay closer to the downtown area which has more restaurant and shopping options.
My last month in Korea! We said a lot of goodbyes, drank a few drinks, tried to eat as much Korean food as humanly possible and generally tried to fit in all the things a good procrastinator always leaves to the very end. July is when summer really starts to kick in, and the Koreans take to the outdoors to cool off.
June was my 11th month in Korea, and I was starting to panic that I was almost out of time, and while I has a pretty intimate knowledge of most of the good bars and restaurants in my area, I still hadn’t seen a lot of the amazing cultural stuff Korea is justifiably proud of. So, Jess and I decided to walk the Seoul Wall. This turned out to be one of the most challenging things of my life, partly because we had no idea where the walk ended, it was in a Military Zone (don’t forget ID if you want to do this walk) and there was a time limit we were fast approaching (as I needed several rest breaks, given that I find getting out of bed every morning exercise enough). I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I think it was worth it!
May was a month for spending time with friends, hiking and drinking. I may have spent more time doing some activities than others.
I hiked Mt Bukhansan with some great girlfriends. This is the same mountain I hiked back in August 2014, so won’t add any photos of the scenery. I don’t really do exercise willingly, but I do like to spend quality time with quality people, so I had a great time conquering the mountain with these lovely ladies!
Of course this month has been another hectic, fun filled one. One were
I spent too much money, but also one that ended up with an inordinate
amount of photos being posted to Facebook.
As most people are aware, February 14th was Valentines Day. Before I explain about the Korean Valentines traditions, I’d like to make a comment. Being single on Valentines Day is THE BEST! You get to spend the whole day (if it happens to fall on a Saturday as it did this year) having fun with your girlfriends! This Valentines we went shopping for pretty things, spoiled ourselves with High Tea, went to a messy burger joint and ate too many chilli fries, then danced the night away in at an all-you-can-drink cocktail bar before singing our hearts out at Karaoke and walking home at 5am.
Wow – What a month January has been. In just one month I was able to:
– Go on a weekend skiing trip with Bec, Kristina and Corey. We had an awesome time, where Corey learnt to ski and I…. tried. Still, it was good fun, and everyone had a great time. That night we had a great ‘home-cooked’ meal of Samgupsal and Ramyeon noodles, and then they all went out for a bit of karaoke! I was too tired and went to bed early, but they reported that good time were had by all. We ended the two days of skiing at a (warm) waterpark at the ski resort.
Technically North Korea also does tours to the DMZ, but I think it’s limited to high-ranking members of the North Korean military and their families.
– Go on a tour of the DMZ with my co-worker and her sister, and learn about the war between South and North Korea. A great tour. Very commercialized, but after having done that tour, I was a lot more worried about the situation. No matter what it actually is, the US soldiers guiding the tours truly believe there is a threat from the North. I would recommend everyone who visits South Korea to do the tour. Technically North Korea also does tours to the DMZ, but I think it’s limited to high-ranking members of the North Korean military and their families.