An Evening in Naksan Park 낙산공원

Evening in Naksan Park 낙산공원   Friday night, after a very long day at work, I headed up to Seoul to see a friend and get out of Daejeon for a bit. That night we got some drinks with her friends from university where I was proud to understand about 20% of the conversation going…

Mangwon: Berlin Kitchen and Dinga Cake House

Berlin Kitchen and Dinga Cake House in Mangwon // 망원동, 베를린키친하고 딩가케이크하우스   This weekend was another one of many fun and refreshing weekends I’ve spent in Seoul. Every time I go I’m simultaneous reminded of why I’m so happy that I live in Daejeon but that I should really go up to Seoul more often….

A Walk in Dunsan – Daejeon’s “New Downtown”

Daejeon is known to have two main downtown areas. “New downtown” or Dunsandong and “Old downtown” called Eunhaengdong. In reality though there are lots of nice areas in the city for good food, drinks, and fun each with their own specific personality. But Dunsan is quite centrally located between me and all of my friends so…

North Korean Border and DMZ in Paju

A Visit to The North Korean Border and DMZ in Paju About a week ago I got a message from one of my Korean friends in Seoul asking if I wanted to come on a little road trip to Paju. Paju is a small city north of Seoul that seems to be famous for having…

Seoul for the Day: D Museum “Youth” and Itaewon

It starting to see like every time I go to Seoul anticipating a relaxing weekend just hanging out friends, I end up packing roughly 1 million things into one day and practically walking across the entire city. Yesterday was no exception. And just to clarify, I’m definitely not complaining. I’m really grateful to my friends who…

Seoul Weekend: Cherry Blossoms Video

Here’s a video of my weekend in Seoul! In the video are clips from the cherry blossom festival I went to, Bongeunsa Temple, a dog cafe in Ilsan and a few other little random bits. Please enjoy!  

봉은사 Temple in the Spring

  I visited 봉은사 last time I was in Korea. (If you want to read about that trip you can click here.) But being here in the spring time was completely different. Right now there are lanterns up for, I believe, Buddha’s birthday. And the combination of the cherry blossoms and the lanterns and the beautiful old…

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제   Showing up somewhere on basically a whim can go pretty much one of two ways. It can either end up being amazing, or it’s a total bust. Luckily for me my weekend turned out to be the former.      I decided Friday afternoon to go to Seoul for the weekend…

In Search of Cherry Blossoms

Yesterday I decided that it was high time I dusted off my poor camera who has been waiting patiently to be used since I moved to this city. I realized that I hadn’t used it once since I’d been in Korea and so Saturday became, “get some good pictures of this city” day. Which turned into a…

Jeonju Hanok Village

전주한옥마을 Today was the “Field Trip” day of orientation. (Yes it was actually called a field trip. We are all adults with at least a bachelor’s degree, and we now have a curfew. Everyone feels like they’re at summer camp. And are kind of ready to leave.) That’s a bit harsh I suppose. We have all…

Korea Day 6: Last day in Seoul

This was my last full day in Seoul before heading off to Daejeon for EPIK orientation. I woke up to a text from one of my Korean friends that her mom had offered to take me to the airport the next morning and that I could stay with them for the night as well. My biggest…

Korea Day 4: Locked Out

Day four was a weird day. It involved me going for a walk just to get my self out of the house and looking for a cafe to study in for a while. I was successful at both of those things, and I very much enjoyed my coffee, bagel, and people watching outside the window….