Where to go: Korea

The good, the bad, and the seedy

The good, the bad, and the seedy

Love motels have a reputation in South Korea. And it’s not the one you’d expect.

Bangsan Market

Bangsan Market

There’s a street in downtown Seoul where all a baker’s dreams come true. Especially if you’re an American expat desperate for some damn cupcakes. It’s cramped, winding, like a crack between the buildings. But it is absolutely packed with things to make your inner foodie […]

Taebaeksan Snow Festival

Taebaeksan Snow Festival

There’s a certain sweet disorientation, experiencing someone else’s holiday. It’s like going to a friend’s for Thanksgiving. All the broad strokes are familiar: turkey, stuffing, mountains of dishes, and crowds of in-laws. But then there are the details. Maybe the stuffing has grapes, or walnuts. […]

Samnyeong Sanseong

Samnyeong Sanseong

I have a confession to make: Erin and I are addicted to ruins. We love the tumbledown stone that girds remote mountaintops. We love battle sites of long forgotten history. We get a thrill over hiking impossibly high and then collapsing on the walls of […]

All About Chungju: Food and Fun

All About Chungju: Food and Fun

So you’ve done your shopping, and you’ve spent the day walking around a few of the parks, but now it’s time to hit the town and have a little fun. It’s Saturday night, perfect for dinner out and some entertainment. Now, I’m not going to […]

All About Chungju: The Great Outdoors

All About Chungju: The Great Outdoors

In this post, I’ll be talking about some of the fun stuff you can do around Chungju. In our last post on this, I mentioned some of the places you can go to get a bit of shopping done. There are a lot of places […]

The Incheon Asian Games

The Incheon Asian Games

The red side of my cardboard fan read ‘Diversity shines here.” The blue side had the moderately creepy, “WE are always behind YOU.” I slapped it against my hand and made a clapping noise, like a startled duck. Koreans packed the stands, chanting their country’s name […]

All About Chungju: Shopping

All About Chungju: Shopping

Before Erin and I arrived in Chungju, we tried to do a little research on our new home away from home. To our surprise, the internet didn’t have much to say about it. We learned that it was the birthplace of Ban Ki Moon, and that it hosted […]

Sokcho

Sokcho

At first glance, Sokcho is little more than a springboard to Seoraksan. It’s a tiny fishing village of 90,000 in a remote corner of Gangwon-do. The streets bustle with traffic. The buildings are grey and drab. The usual franchises have their place: the Paris Baguettes, […]

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park

“Sunblock?” “Check.” “Bug spray?” “Check.” “Chocolate?” “Oh, so much.” Sam shouldered the backpack and clicked in the chest strap. “Let’s do this thing.” It was a cool, cloudy Thursday. Thanks to election day falling close against a national holiday, we had a long weekend to […]