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Getting Snap Happy

We were supposed to be in Busan for the International Film Festival, but tickets were hard to come by and so, finding ourselves at a loss for the afternoon we meandered down to Songdo beach. We’d heard rumours of a Sea Art Festival in the … Continue reading

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The Day of the Road Trip.

In our nine months in Korea we have spent most weekends exploring. We have travelled in every direction, we have hiked, biked and visited a wealth of places. This also means we have spent hours and hours, sometimes whole days on buses. … Continue reading

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The Day of the Photoshoot

I am 5ft 3″ and most definitely not a size zero but I am still a model. Anna Wintour would be livid, I have defied all of Vogue’s criteria. My runway is carpeted with leaves and my clothes are less … Continue reading

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The Day of the Communal Nap.

It is widely accepted that babies, young people and old people need a nap in the afternoon. Nap time is important, particularly in Korea. I want to clarify in the beginning that I am not moaning, I am baffled. One … Continue reading

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The Day Breakfast Came To Go.

The day started just like any other, I dragged myself out of bed, washed my face and threw on some clothes. I watched the news, ate a bowl of cereal, drank tea and woke myself up before jumping on my bike … Continue reading

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The Day Sunshine Hit Seoul.

After several days of non stop rain on our Korean summer tour, we had a welcome respite. We were finally able to put our umbrellas away and walk without sliding in our flip flops. All was well with the world. People appeared … Continue reading

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The Day Of The Washing Lines.

You may hear yourself ask, Is it laundry day? It’s sort of like laundry, just without the clothes. It is in fact, seafood hung out to dry overlooking Samcheok Harbour. Dried seafood is a popular snack in Korea, eaten regularly by both the young and … Continue reading

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The Day of the Never Ending Cave.

The October long weekend was the perfect opportunity to hire a car and explore Gangwon province. Our first stop was Hwanseongul Cave about 30 minutes outside of Samcheok. The drive took us down windy, remote roads with barely another car on … Continue reading

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The Day The Women Got Their Way

There is a well established routine in the neighbourhood. The women spend all day preparing vegetables spread out on the floor. They are always busy and working hard. These ladies are not getting any younger and their work load is not … Continue reading

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The Day of the Open Class.

‘Open class’ is only spoken in hushed tones in my school. It started as a rumour, whispered from office to office, teachers faces one by one showing signs of panic. Then the rumours became reality. Dates were released and diaries consulted. … Continue reading

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The Day of the Toilet Roll Takeover.

Nationwide, Korea bows down to a simple, everyday item. The toilet roll. It can do almost anything. So put one in your handbag, on your desk at work, on your dining table, in your car and prepare several as gifts. … Continue reading

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The Day We Caught the Train.

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In Danyang, Chungcheongbuk-do outside of the fully functioning train station there is a fabulous, brightly coloured old train serving refreshments to passers by. It was a glorious way to pass the time while we waited for a train that moved … Continue reading

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The Day of Party Rocking.

At the entrance to Jisan Valley Rock Festival we were treated to this humble apology. There is still uncertainty about who this heartfelt apology is for and exactly what it means. Either it is translation gold or I am missing … Continue reading

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The Day the Search Ended.

What are you searching for? A job that makes you happy? Someone to spend the rest of your life with? The meaning of life? Well, the search ends here. The secret is out, everybody knows what you really want in life. This is what we … Continue reading

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The Day of the Surprise

I asked a fellow staff member what they are doing for the public holiday today. And thank goodness, I did. I will be taking my wife out for a treat. She doesn’t know yet, she thinks we are visiting our son at university in … Continue reading

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