Rural Korea: 6 Things to Do, See and Experience

A shot from my backyard in rural Korea.
A shot from my backyard in rural Korea.

It’s true: not many Westerners think of vacationing in Korea at all. And it’s even more true that those who do come to Korea spend the majority of their time in Seoul. As for short excursions out of the city, famous temples and mountain hiking tend to be the way they go. Rural Korea? Why would anyone go there?

I want to change that.

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My Legs Are Sore, But That Was Awesome: Sudeoksa Temple Stay

I spent 24 hours at a famous Buddhist Temple named Sudeoksa, located outside of Yesan, South Korea.

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Review: My Local Guide Istanbul Tours

Big city, short vacation: a tour guide was the perfect answer.
Big city, short vacation: a tour guide was the perfect answer.

Istanbul is one of those huge cities with both way too many things to see and longer distances to navigate to get there. Because my mom and I had a short time in Istanbul, only five full days (we traveled to Cyprus as well), I suggested that we look into a tour that covered some of the most famous sites in a shorter amount of time, right at the beginning of our trip. The idea was that we’d see the must-sees and wouldn’t waste any time getting lost on the way there, and in the process get ourselves somewhat oriented to getting around the city. So I did a little blog research and came across My Local Guide Istanbul, also known as Salih.

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notes from Typhoon Bolaven

did you know my life is in danger? of dying in a typhoon?? just kidding. I’m inside. all is well. but I do live on the west coast, where the typhoon is supposed to hit the hardest.

notes:

when you’re asked to come into work and then told to go home 40 minutes later, you know this typhoon means business.

I’ve never seen rice paddies blow in the wind, but the rolling green sprouts remind me of an ocean of their own. Continue reading notes from Typhoon Bolaven

travel diary down South: Cheonan, Daegu, Tong Yeong and Busan (Korea)

vacation time: it’s glorious. but it ends before you know it. I’m back in my little apartment already, although I have until tomorrow (Sunday) to be away… but when it’s time to go home and you know it, then it’s best to go home. and according to my bank account, it was definitely time.

(it’s weird how vacations just eat money, kind of like my cousins’ dogs eat the food we “accidentally” throw on the floor during dinner.)

anyhow, short as my trip was, I managed to cover a decent amount of ground and still enjoy myself at the same time. revision: I had a blast. here’s the lowdown: Continue reading travel diary down South: Cheonan, Daegu, Tong Yeong and Busan (Korea)