Vacation

Forced Recap: Chiang Mai 2014

Instead of being reminded by my regrets, I should be reminding myself by the way I wish to remember. It has been over two months since myself and the rest of my clan returned from our two month stint in Thailand. When we were there and after we returned we were sure that it was perhaps […]

Dear Korea #098 - Happy Holidays

 

Happy 추석 (Chuseok) everyone!!! For those of you in Korea, I hope you’re all enjoying your time off! I can definitely say with confidence that I’m not envious of anyone who may be stuck in what appears to be insane traffic. For those of you not in Korea that may be confused on what I’m yammering on about, I do believe I’ve explained this holiday at least a couple of times in the past two years. Here’s a Wikipedia article that may answer any questions you have.


The End of the Summer

It’s still hot in Korea. By hot I mean warm enough to prefer shorts to trousers but pleasant enough to consider the walk, wherever it is you’re going, enjoyable. Only this afternoon it started raining the kind of rain that smells of the heat that has warmed it. Like some kind of stagnant puddle water. And as it drops and hits the ground the water mixes with all the other smells walked into the street, then stewed up to create a black paste which seems to follow every foot’s step in the city. It’s a summer rain true, but not a high summer deluge.

When we returned to Korea from Ireland a little under two weeks ago we were told we had missed the worst of the summer. The breeze which we found chilly was a much welcomed breath of life into a country drained to exhaustion from the hottest of summers. We were grateful that we had chosen our flight dates well.


Vacation Planning Adventures of a Travel Newbie (Beijing and Bangkok)

Aside of deciding on the countries and cities I wanted to vacation in, the three biggest things to plan for were flights, hotels, and what to do once I'm there.  I have never been a huge travel bug.  The biggest outing before coming to Korea was a flight to Florida from NYC when I was living in the Big Apple.  I stayed with family, got picked up and everything was pretty much vanilla.

Now I live in South Korea, and I will be vacationing in Beijing and Bangkok come summer break in August. This is huge for me.  Since being in Korea I've visited Tokyo and Seoul, but nothing other than that.



Tomorrow…

Well my desk is cleared and my bags are mostly packed. As for everyone else who is travelling with me, well that’s a different story.

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Tomorrow, myself, Herself, and +1 will board a flight from Incheon and enjoy an 18 hour cross-continental journey to Ireland. Exciting times indeed. I look forward to taking a good stab at the duty free myself.

All in all, it should be a blast.


Vacation Time is Coming

My current contract ends in late August which means summer vacation falls within the current cycle.  In EPIK we receive 18 days vacation to be split between winter and summer breaks.  It all works out well because those are pretty close to the actual number of days available after summer or winter camps are finished.  The way it worked out this year, I have 8 vacation days available for summer.  This break I knew it was time to get away and actually go on vacation.  When I first arrived in Korea, THAT was a vacation in and of itself.  Traveling abroad.  New surroundings.  Foreign land.  Vacation!

Two years later, Korea is now my home away from home and time away is needed.  I think any long-term foreign teacher needs to get away just to recharge the battery a bit.  I love Korea - don't get me wrong.  This experience has been the greatest.  Sometimes though, the "Korean'ness" of Korea can get a little too Korean and you just need to check out for a while.

What I ate in Thailand Part 1

Wow! What an amazing trip! I was only gone 10 days and yet managed to cram in as much as possible! I traveled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, stayed there for 2 nights, then up to Pai for 3 nights, back down through Bangkok to Ko Chang for 4 nights and then back to Bangkok and home! I made so many wonderful friends, enjoyed incredible experiences, saw all kinds of sites, had amazing food, and I challenged myself in new ways. I did everything from a cooking class, ziplining, jungle trekking (where we actually built our own bamboo shelter), city walking tours, night markets, street markets, scootering, hiking, swimming in waterfalls, snorkelling, elephant riding to massage and even more! I keep thinking it was my first solo adventure- but actually it wasn’t: I went to Korea on my own, have traveled quite a bit here and also did my own excursions in Quebec and Montreal and some more of the rural areas there.


I’m Back!

I’m Back!

That’s right, I’m back! While I may not be at 100% just yet, I’m happy to say that after an amazing month with loved ones and an endless stream of artery clogging food, I’ve returned to the land of kimchi and soju. Sadly, every single portion of my trip home had at least one crying baby. When you take into consideration that I was in the air for almost 20 hours and on a bus for around 4, you can only imagine how miserable I was by the time I got home. To top it off, I’m fairly certain that I caught the flu at some point during this trip.


Christmas Holiday Part 1- Taiwan!

David and I decided to spend our Christmas vacation visiting two countries, Taiwan and Japan. As per usual I had to write a report for our Korean employers. So here it is…(Remember this report is exaggerated to please our bosses!)


Thailand-bound!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I will be away for the next 10 days! I am making a solo trip to Thailand!!! I’m so excited to explore the jungle, go trekking, experience a different culture, meet new people, try amazing foods, take a cooking class, scuba dive- and who knows what else!

nailsAs you can see- I’ve given myself a Thai-inspired manicure just for the occasion. You might have noticed that I usually have nail art- and yes, I do it myself :) Frugal girl right here!


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