A Sneak Peak of Jeju Island with Bangawoyo Tours

Jeju Island was the perfect place to spend Chuseok, aka Korean Thanksgiving. Johnny made an awesome itinerary that mostly worked in spite of the looming typhoon.  I’m writing this on the long busride back to Seoul and will get a bigger update out ASAP. 5 days of making new friends on Korea’s “Hawaii” meant tons Read More …

Crocodile Island & Ondal Fortress- A day trip from Seoul with Bangawoyo Tours

Last weekend I joined Bangawoyo Tours on one last summer outing to Crocodile Island. We took an early bus Sunday morning and headed towards Chungju and headed for a short hike.   Crocodile Island is a really a wonderfully unique lake which gives the surrounding land a slight reptilian shape. Its actual name is Chungju Lake but Read More …

Muuido Island – The Perfect Getaway from Seoul

Muuido Island is so close to Seoul that you can see airplanes landing at Incheon International Airport from the beach.  Thankfully its also remote enough that the hustle and bustle of the city disappears along with the city lights and thankfully some pollution too.  Do yourself a favor and stay overnight in one of the Hanagae Read More …

Thoughts on Love & Leaving Korea

Love is a funny thing.  Sometimes it shows you the path to the rest of your life and at others it shrouds the future for fear of losing that beautiful connection that two souls have created.  I find myself torn in two vastly different directions and my emotions will surely be the biggest victim of Read More …

What will I do after Korea?

What will I do after Korea?  I love Korea and she’s been good to me for the past 3 years.  But these last few months have been filled with introspection.  There’s a strong likelihood I’m leaving Korea after this contract.  I feel as though writing this post makes it even more probable but only time Read More …

Recovering from a tendon tear & ankle sprain

A few weeks ago I stumbled on the last step of my run.  Shortly after I had an unusual experience at a Korean orthopedist.  Last week I sat here writing this post with an air cast and hopes of running again soon.  The doctor’s official diagnosis translated as “maybe minor tendon tear” and I’m on 4 different prescriptions. Read More …

To the doctor – Korea style

Going to the doctor is rarely a fun experience, unless of course you’ve got a cute nurse.  Then again that was your doctor’s office back home.  In Korea going to the doctor can be a tough and downright frightening experience.  Not being able to communicate means you don’t understand whats wrong with you, what treatment you are getting Read More …

Night Tours at Korean Royal Palaces

***I’ve been getting questions about ticket reservations. Both times I went without reserving tickets ahead of time. One time we arrived at 715 the other 8pm and we got in without any issue. Contact me or comment below if you get in or have any other info*** Visit Korean Palaces at Night The Korean Royal Read More …

A busy month ending with an OUCH!

This post is a life update for my family, friends and loyal readers.  I’ll continue with the regular travel postings shortly now that this masters class has finished! Monday night I went for a Spartan Training run up the mountain behind my house.  The workout was pretty intense with 8 hill/stair sprints, a hundred squats and Read More …

Cherry Blossom Festival – Jinhae – Bangawoyo

This weekend I joined my old Seoul Hiking Group buddy, Johnny Seo’s new group Bangawoyo Tours at Jinhae’s Cherry Blossom Festival. It was a gorgeous day full of new friends and beautiful scenery. Jinhae is famous throughout Korea for its annual cherry blossom festival and we hit it at the perfect time! Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival Read More …