Matsuyama Castle – Japan’s Best Castle

Matsuyama Castle was voted as Japan’s 2nd best castle by Trip Advisor in 2014 and my recent visit confirms that its still awesome!  I flew into Matsuyama to meet my college buddy Andrew who’s been teaching in Japan for the last 4 years.  Matsuyama boasts to be the oldest original castle in Japan with original construction Read More …

10 ways to get the most out of Ubud

Ronda and I absolutely loved Ubud!  Its a must see for anyone visiting Bali, Indonesia.  You can cram everything you want to see into a few days but that will leave you wishing you were back in Ubud like we were.  We returned for another 2 nights after our stay on the Gili Islands!  Check 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 …

UNESCO exhibit at Seoul Art Center’s Hanagaram Museum

It is with great pleasure that I announce my photos are on exhibit at Seoul Arts Center!  The Hanagaram Museum is hosting a UNESCO exhibit and they accepted 4 of my photos from Vietnam & Korea.  The Hanagaram Museum is often referred to as the “best fine art museum in Seoul” and on the 3rd Read More …

An Afternoon in Changdeokgung’s Secret Garden – Seoul, South Korea

Changdeokgung is one of Seoul’s Grand Palaces.  In fact its one of the grandest of all Grand palaces.  Designed as the second royal villa in the 1400’s it was tragically burned a handful of times throughout history.  The current restoration is a beautiful Confucian-Feng Shui architectural blend and the perfect stop for any tourist or expat in Seoul. Read More …

4th grade overnight field trip to Gongju – Buyeo

Field trips are great.  They can be exhausting for students and teachers alike but its a welcome reprieve from the classroom and an exciting opportunity to see a different side of each other.  Last week we embarked on a 3 hour bus trip to Gongju for my first overnight field trip as a teacher.  Each Read More …

Night hiking Inwangsan

Inwangsan, the destination for Seoul Hiking Group’s latest night hike, boasts one of the best views in all of Seoul!  From the top you can see Gyeongbukgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and the Blue House (president’s house).  We met at Dongnimnum station and were immediately greeted by a crescent moon! Hiking to the top went smoothly.  We Read More …

4th grade field trip to Namsan, Chyeonggyecheon & Gyeongbokgung

Friday I had the pleasure of going on my first field trip at my new school.  The 4th grade had a great time on our Seoul tour stopping at 3 famous places.  Namsan is a mountain in the middle of the city, Chyeonggyecheon is a stream running through Seoul near city hall and Gyeongbokgung is one of Read More …

Two months that flew by

I can’t believe I’m already into my third month here in Seoul!  It feels like only yesterday that I was sitting at Forte’s pizzeria eating my favorite two slices, Bacon Chicken Ranch and Caeser Chicken Salad pizza.  Man those would be delicious right now.  I mean the food here is out of this world; both Read More …

An evening at Doeksugung Palace

Ben and I decided to visit Doeksugung Palace after I got out of work one evening.  This would be our 3rd of the 5 Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.  The palace stays open until about 9pm so Ben met me at the subway near my school and we were off to the City Read More …