Mini Photoessay: A Series of Stairs

Is there anything cooler? Probably. But I’m a big fan of stairs. They provide exercise, reward you for the hard work of climbing them with a pretty view, and are visually fascinating. They’ll alternatively scare you going down and most importantly, they always go somewhere. Most of all, you don’t really know what’s at the top of that staircase, until you’ve climbed it.

So yeah, I think stairs are pretty cool. And not to be underestimated.

South Jeolla Province
South Jeolla Province
Pyeongtaek
Pyeongtaek
On the road, somewhere, out east
On the road, somewhere, out East
Haeinsa
Haeinsa
Pyeongtaek
Pyeongtaek

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Weird Noms: Raw Beef

No dying involved, simply deliciousness.

My entire childhood I was taught that raw meat would kill me, but I woke up this morning still breathing, so I’ve concluded that this is false.

This is a Korean traditional food. It’s raw beef. Mixed with a raw egg. Sounds gross, right? But being adventurous, I’ll try any food once. I wasn’t expecting to like this one, but it was actually delicious.

I wouldn’t suggest trying this one at home… you know. In case you die or something.

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Photo Highlights: DMZ

1: a military outpost overlooks the DMZ surrounding Freedom Bridge, where POWs from the Korean war were released. they look tough, but I got the soldiers to smile and wave back.

2: the barbed wire fence surrounds a huge wildlife area. nature has flourished, while a nation remains divided.

3: all of the different DMZ sites feature at least one tourist shop, where you can buy different North Korean “products”, NK themed souvenirs or even currency.

4: people wrote their sentiments of reunification on these cloth strips, then tied them together on one portion of the DMZ fence.

5: the Korean train system was once built over the border and operations were supposed to begin, linking the two countries for the first time in years. unfortunately, diplomatic relations shorted out and the service was stopped here, Dorasan station, the farthest north the train may run. the train station is regularly empty and now sees soldiers and tour groups.

Featured Photograph: Waymok Beach

Discovering that I have a gorgeous beach more or less in my backyard? JACKPOT! Now if only I could sun tan without offending everyone… (Koreans are very conservative and go swimming in their clothes.)

왜목 (Pronounced “Way-mok”), South Korea

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Featured Photograph: Yellow and Grey

My feet in a city park in rdoba, Argentina.

(RIP my favorite grey Keds)

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