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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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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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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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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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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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Teacher Fail

The new first grade students were thinking of questions to ask me. As usual, 99% of them had written ‘How old are you?’ and ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ As usual, the other 1% covered my favourite Korean food and the obligitory shameless height and weight question. Then out of … Continue reading

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The Day of Moving.

The eagerly anticipated moving day had arrived. We were moving from our one room apartment into what is best described as a massive box. But, being massive it does mean we have a lot more space. There will be no … Continue reading

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The Day They Danced.

The plan was to see a taekwondo performance at Namsan Folk Village in Seoul, but after walking in circles to find the venue, we found out it was cancelled. Any initial disappointment was quickly forgotten when we saw a spot of … Continue reading

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The Day We Took On Woraksan

In the height of the Korean summer, enticed by the high temperatures and even higher humidity, we went hiking. Woraksan National Park is easily one of my favourite Korean parks thus far. It isn’t huge but it is steep and … Continue reading

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The Day of the Bread Roll Epidemic.

There must be a shortage of bread rolls in Korea. I haven’t seen anything in the news and the bakeries seem fully stocked but there must be a shortage. There could be a rationing system in place that I wasn’t aware … Continue reading

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The Night of Queues and Lanterns

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Seoul Lantern Festival 2011. The lanterns decorated a long stretch of the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul and seemed like they were never ending. No one line likes lining up and believe me, the queue was long but these lanterns were … Continue reading

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The Day of the Vegetable Exchange

After a busy morning of non stop classes, I was in need of a energy boost and I most certainly got one. I walked into what I thought was the office and instead found a full blown market. There was … Continue reading

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