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 …

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 …

Deep Sea Fishing & Fireworks at Hajodae Beach, Yangyang – Seoul Hiking Group

A relaxing day on Hajodae beach is the best medicine after a strenuous day on Dinosaur Ridge in Seoraksan National Park.  Ronda and I opted for a day of R&R instead of biking 50km along the eastern coast.  We were joined by a handful of other beach goers as yoga, sand castles & raw seaweed filled our Read More …

Bijindo – A hint of Thailand in Korea

Bijindo is an island just south of South Korea.  After enjoying a sunrise hike in Hwangmaesan we took the ferry from Tongyeong Ferry Terminal to Bijin Island (do means island in Korean).  The 40 minute trip went quickly as sea spray and fresh air came over the sides of the boat while a few seagulls entertained Read More …

My first Korean sentence – I love monkeys!

I taught myself to read Hangul in the first few months here.  I can now read with about 70% accuracy.  I mix up vowels a lot but am confident that will come with more practice. I started a Korean Class last week and am getting the textbook next week.  Its been helpful with learning basic grammar Read More …

LanguageCast A language exchange from Meetup.com

Monday at work my coworker, Sara, invited me to join her at a “meetup.”  For those of you that don’t know Meetup.com is a social network where people can plan events with a variety of purposes.  I’ve heard of it but this was my first experience with it.  It was listed as a “language exchange” Read More …

A Brilliant Fortress

The ride from Seoul to Suwon is roughly an hour long.  Ben and I hopped on the subway after grabbing some Paris Baguette for breakfast and a Subway sandwich for a picnic lunch.  It was about 11AM on Sunday morning by the time we arrived in Suwon.  The guidebook said to get off at Suwon Read More …

Buying a Laptop in Seoul

Whether you’re looking for a component, piece of hardware or a whole new machine Yongsan is the place to go.  It has a few big advantages over online shopping, mainly that you can physically try out or see what your buying.  Its a great way to price compare with different vendors and if you can speak Read More …

Switching to a Korean Phone

Switching to a Korean phone network was was easy, or so I thought.  I checked with Verizon when buying the phone and before I left for Korea, my globally activated Samsung Galaxy Nexus would work here.  I was told all I needed was a new SIM card and I could join another network.  Just to Read More …