Recently Dean and I were flying with American Airlines from Seoul, Incheon Airport in South Korea to Lima, Peru with a 6 hour trasit through Dallas Fort Worth airport in Texas, USA. About half an hour before we were scheduled to begin boarding our last leg an announcement came over the PA that our 1015pm flight had been pushed back to 830am the next day.
My first reaction was one of utter jubilence, Why? Because I am almost compleltely unable to get any shut eye on a plane. The delay meant that not only would we be pushed back to the morning but we would also be provided with a free stay in a hotel room, meal vouchers, and a free shuttle to and from our hotel. Sure we would be arriving 10 h
I really don't like airports. In reality it's the nervous air and mania that infects airports that I don't like.
For someone with anixiety, like myself, an early morning jaunt to the airport can feel like certain peril.
Our morning began at 7am, waking up to ensure we made our 1150am flight with Jeju air from Tokyo (Narita) to Seoul (Incheon). Plenty of time, we thought, as we made our way to the train station at 8am. We had plotted out of route which was estimated to take an hour from start to finish.
The route consisted of 3 trains, always a hassle with bags. 2 of these were on the Tokyo metro. If you have never been on the tokyo metro you are in for a treat. Nothing screams 'tourist
When most people think about visiting Japan, they automatically think of the bustling capital city, Tokyo. In my mind the first place I always want to revisit is the enigmatic captial of culture, Kyoto. Nothing appeals more to me than food, culture and history. This month we were lucky enough to be heading back to Japan, our last trip here was one year ago almost to the day. With more time to explore than last we set ourselves 5 days in Kyoto, though in reality we could have easily spent 7 - 10 days here, if we didn't get temple or castle fatigue first. Indeed there is so much to do in Kyoto that it is absolutely necessary to prioritise.
After a rather arduous journey from Korea and dealing
So you find yourself in South Korea and don't know what to eat, or maybe you are planning your trip and want to plan out your meals before you arrive - no judgement. First, you will need to know that people think of food a little different in South Korea. For example, I had this exchange with a street vendor, in Korean; Me: Hi, what type of kimbap is this? Man: It's vegetable kimbap. Me: Great, one please. I unwrap it to find not only that this kimbap contains ham but it also contains fish cake. This is an experience many people cite, including my vegetarian friends much to their lamentation. It seems, based on our experience, that ham is not considered meat. Nor is it fully understood yet,
Teaching in South Korea was never meant to be permanent. The plan was to come for 1 - 2 years, save money, travel and figure life out. I guess 2 out of 3 isn't too bad. Working and living in South Korea certainly has afforded us the ability to travel and save money, but after 18 months I am not much closer to figuring my life out. Working abroad has helped me understand that I am strong. Living away from everything you know, understand, and find comfortable has a way of testing your character. I came to South Korea knowing no more than a few key phrases and leave with a better understanding of a culture that was previously unknown to me. I now know that I can completely uproot my life and wi
On our quest to eat the best we often find ourselves travelling to the homeland of a particular dish. I took a combined 4 hour journey to discover South Korea's best bibimbap, so a 1 hour journey from Seoul for dakgalbi seemed like a walk in the park. Dakgalbi is delicious, and if done right can be warming, spicy, and the epitome of comfort food. It surfaced in the 1960's as a food to accompany drinking, as many famous Korean dishes do. It originally sprung up as an alternative to pork ribs which had become scarce due to a pork shortage. In the early days chicken was grilled atop a small grill on the table as is the custom with samgipsal (BBQ) and this is still available today, if you chose