Tag: south korea

Reflections on a Decade of Growth and Travel

I am 29 years and 364 days old today. Tomorrow is the big 3-0. A new decade, the end of an amazing era. I have been mourning my 20s for the past few months and going through the five stages of grief (I have only recently come to accept it). It’s not necessarily that I …

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Why the Nomadic Heart Can’t Be Satisfied

I always want to be on the opposite side of the world from where I am.  I’ve read some interesting posts lately, from Adventurous Kate’s musings “On Living in Perpetual Motion“, to the equally as eloquent  “Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can’t Last” by the Mochilera Diaries. Posts that have greatly resonated with me as I …

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What Places Are Part of Who You Are?

“What places are part of who you are?” I have thought about this question so much over the years but had never seen it verbalized until just the other day. I just read an amazing book called Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson. The author hitchhiked from the very bottom of Japan all the way to Hokkaido …

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How I Accidentally Adopted a Dog in Korea

Have you ever accidentally adopted a pet? Probably not. But then again, if you were living abroad and volunteering with animals, maybe you have. I accidentally adopted a dog in South Korea, and it was a wonderful story. Daegu, South Korea has an animal shelter called KAPS (Korean Animal Protection Society).  At the time, they would …

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A Bittersweet Layover in Seoul

I was already getting excited about my brief overnight layover in Seoul, South Korea when I was at the Shanghai Pudong airport, waiting in line to check in, surrounded by women excitedly talking in a language I almost sort of understood-Korean. After weeks of hearing nothing but Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese, I finally could recognize …

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Celebrate Spring at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea-In Photos

Every year, after a long, cold winter, the trees in South Korea wake up and explode with fragrant pink and white cherry blossoms. You can see cherry blossoms all over the country, but the city of Jinhae is the most famous place to see them. There’s no better way to experience cherry blossom season than by …

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