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Exploring Seoul Part 2 – Finding My Own Little Mountain

What really got me attracted to exploring Seoul was my own little, local mountain. Back in 2005 I lived next to Bongwhasan, which means Beacon Mountain. At the time I was living there I would go up there at least two or three times a week, and even during the middle of winter and summer. Before long I had learned my own routes to follow and where, more or less, I would arrive when I took a particular pathway down. As I said before, if I got lost on the mountain, I could just walk down and follow the mountain around and I would find somewhere I recognised sooner or later. To this day when I move somewhere I always look for the nearest mountain. Bongwhasan has much to do with this.


Rare, peaceful Ajhumas

Dad, Meet Korea

On October 16th, around 2 am, after the last guests had left from a party Joe and I threw at my apartment called October Shindizzle, I checked my email.  Top of the inbox was a surprise message from my dad, which read:

Hi Courtney;

How are you doing?

I am thinking about coming to South Korea to visit you. It would be about a 10 day trip and I would be in Busan for 8 days and 2 days travel time.

I have looked at flights and the dates Nov. 22nd to Dec. 1st are available now and those dates work for me.

Can you let me know asap if then is a good time for you.

LOV

DAD     


Spiders, Cows, and Anapji Pond: Gyeongju by Bike

Yep–one more post on Gyeongju.  It’s not every day I get to ride around on a fall afternoon in the Korean countryside…so I took a lot of pics.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading, everyone!

Hanging to dry

Amanda in the flower field


Dear Korea #044

Dear Korea #044

The only bad thing about autumn in Korea is the fact that it doesn’t seem to last long enough. It sure as heck doesn’t feel like it lasts as long as summer or winter, which is a bit of a downer. Either way, it’s worth the wait to see all the beautiful foliage.


Plant Life for Stu (And a Dip Into the Past)

One of my favourite people in the world is a guy called Stu.  

We met somewhere back in the Doc-Martened recesses of grade 10, circa 1994, in the parking lot or the multi-purpose room or the blue-lockered hallways of Stelly’s Secondary, the exact moment and location either erased or too far embedded in my memory to recall, but the friendship, wherever its beginning bud sprouted, destined to grow full bloom the following year, in a place where a now vague but once vivid artistic dream of mine flourished: Drama Class.


Waves Crashing on Volcanic Rocks

Waves Crashing on Volcanic Rocks

 

After almost two years in Korea, my wife and I finally made it to Jeju and we were not disappointed.  Outside of the cities, Jeju looks and feels like a tropical island with beautiful greenery, scenery and unique volcanic rock formations everywhere.  We can understand why it is called Korea's Hawaii.  This picture is of the uniquely shaped rocks at Jungmun Daepo Haean Jusang Jeollidae right after a summer storm.

I used an Neutral Density filter to allow for a longer exposure in order to capture the movement of the waves in their battle against the rocks.

Lovely Sunset at Dadaepo

Destination: Taean-gun (Chungcheongnam-do)

You won’t confuse this area of Chungcheongnam-do with an active, happening getaway. That said, a night in a pension may be the cure for what ails you. The word pension implies a retiree’s monthly income, but can also refer to a family-owned guest houses not unlike a summer cottage or a bed-and-breakfast (without the breakfast, however). They’re a pleasant shift from a cheap love motel, albeit at a significantly higher price point. Thanks goes to an unnamed friend of Kiwi’s who had a reservation they ended up passing on to us.


Busan Daytrippers New Year's Day Hike

This Saturday the Daytrippers will be taking a short hike to the top of Baekyangsan in Busan. We will begin at 10AM at the entrance to Children's Grand Park (a cheap taxi from Seomyeon) and we will finish around 2PM in the same place. It will be cold and windy at the top so wear what you would be comfortable to hike in at the bottom and carry an extra windproof layer. A liter of water and some snacks are also recommended. This is not a technical climb although it is mildly strenuous. Please RSVP and/or contact Joe with any questions at BusanDaytrippers on Facebook. 

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