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About Happily Lost

A travel junkie working as an English teacher in South Korea.

The Korea Effect

South Korea has an almost indescribable knack of drawing you right back in after it pushes you to the very edge. Take yesterday for example, I went to school as usual and got settled at my desk and half an … Continue reading

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My friend Simon Cockerell, General Manager of Koryo Tours, just did a reddit AMA (ask me anything). I have been to North Korea over 100 times. AMA I’m the GM of Koryo Tours. …

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Why Do Foreigners Always Look Sick?

Do we? Maybe we do because this was the first thing anyone said to me yesterday morning as I walked through the school doors. I must have looked terrible. I told myself otherwise, went into the office and convinced myself … Continue reading

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The Noodles That Will Make You Beautiful

Prepare yourselves. You may not recognise us after dinner tomorrow night. These noodles are on the menu and we are ready to be beautified. We’re even going to try the ‘perfecting’ grain bars I got as a gift for our dessert. The effects … Continue reading

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School Tripping

This is why I love my job. Living and working in Korea is non stop hilarity. Just before this photo was taken we made cheese, that’s right, we made cheese. Any school trip where you get to make cheese is … Continue reading

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Afternoon Adventures: Munsu Folk Village

We were lucky enough to have an afternoon to spare during summer classes and not wanting to waste the sunshine (and unexpected free time) we decided to take our bikes out and go exploring. We’d often seen a brown sign for Munsu folk village and … Continue reading

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English on T-Shirts Round Two

I’ve posted some of my favourite (clean) English on T-shirts before and luckily there is no shortage of them here in Korea so it’s time for some more. Interestingly enough I recently had a conversation about how little Korean writing we see on clothing. Perhaps then … Continue reading

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When the Lights Go Out

This isn’t an experience of my own but it is still well worth sharing because it is absolutely hilarious. Recently I worked at an English camp for the weekend and my boyfriend went alone to Daegu, the nearest big city … Continue reading

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Do you belly dance for Christmas?

Teaching English in Korea is never boring. Sometimes the desk time can be a little tedious but the teaching part is anything but dull. My students are always non-stop entertainment but there are some moments that really stand out above … Continue reading

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Please, no fire. Really, no fire. No fire. No fire. No fire. You understand? No fire.

Our most recent camping trip in Korea was an overwhelming success. Not only did we hike our hearts (and legs) out, we also found Korea’s best National Park camp site, bar none. As far as I am aware Chiaksan National Park is the only … Continue reading

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Big Fat Gypsy…Pork Cutlet?

Following a weekend of hiking and camping in the beautiful Mureung Valley in Gangwon Province, we found ourselves with a couple of hours to kill and stomachs to fill (the terrible rhyming was unintentional, it just happened). We had time to … Continue reading

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Making Moving Easy – The Outdoor Elevator

When the majority of the population lives in apartment buildings and are constantly moving house (at least it seems that way), Korea needs a sensible moving solution. And so, they have completely mastered the outdoor elevator. The outdoor elevator compacts nicely … Continue reading

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Does the Queen Eat Corgis?

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee provided me with another excuse to force encourage my Korean middle school students to learn more about the UK because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to talk this wonderful nation more? It’s that good. As usual whenever I … Continue reading

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‘Teacher, you cross the road wrong’

I was informed yesterday that I have a road crossing problem. Apparently I’m doing it all wrong. Of all the things I do on a daily basis in Korea, this wasn’t the one I was worried about not getting right. I … Continue reading

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Urban Camping

Every useable piece of flat land is either heavily farmed or turned into an apartment building in Korea. Finding good spots to camp is akin to searching for gold on the beach (you’ve seen them, with their metal detectors, spending most … Continue reading

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