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Do Min-Joon is waiting for you in Petite France

We were in the Gapyeong Tour Bus after having come from Nami Island. The tour guide was telling us all about our next stop. “Do you know who Do Min-Joon is? Because Do Min-Joon is waiting for you!” Oh hell, of course I know who Do Min-Joon is. But I suppressed a giggle because Husband… Continue reading Do Min-Joon is waiting for you in Petite France

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An Autumn Morning on Nami Island

Notes on visiting Nami Island, Petite France, and the Garden of Morning Calm in one day from Seoul: Preparations Reserve your ITX-Cheongchun tickets here. Print out your reservation form. This is not your ticket; more on this later. Print out a discount coupon (1 for each person) for Petite France here. This gives international tourists… Continue reading An Autumn Morning on Nami Island

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The Haneul Park: How to turn a landfill into a tourist spot

So — we had spent the morning in Gangnam and a couple of hours in Ewha Womans University, and in the later afternoon I was dragging my husband to our last stop for the day — the Seoul World Cup Park. The Haneul Park stands on what used to be a landfill up to the early 90s. Massive… Continue reading The Haneul Park: How to turn a landfill into a tourist spot

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You should visit a university when you’re in Seoul

…and by this, I don’t mean getting a brochure on course requirements or inquiring on enrollment for foreign nationals (although of course, you can totally do that). I mean, go to a university and sightsee, and envy the students a bit because they’re young and their school is lovely. As for us, we (I) decided to… Continue reading You should visit a university when you’re in Seoul

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Six Days of Seoul Searching: An Itinerary and Guide

My students were on semestral break, and so it was the perfect time for their teacher to go frolicking among the trees bursting with autumn foliage in South Korea. The truth, though, was that I’d planned our trip to Seoul almost a year in advance (thank you, AirAsia sales) because that was around the time I… Continue reading Six Days of Seoul Searching: An Itinerary and Guide

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Batanes after a storm, and some musings on traveling

It was three in the morning. Power was out, and the air inside our room was getting suffocating. I, however, dared not open the window. I’d been up awake for more than a couple of hours, watching the branches of a mango tree in the yard get whipped in all directions by Typhoon Noul/Dodong’s signal… Continue reading Batanes after a storm, and some musings on traveling