The best night sleep I’ve ever had

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And that was despite being up for the predawn ceremony at 3:10am. I made it to Haeinsa a beautiful secluded Buddhist temple surrounded by mountains and on the edge of the Gayasan National Park. The location is simply stunning, the soft white snow currently lying on the ground adding to … Read More

Toady in three pictures

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A quieter day

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I’ve had a relaxed day today. I have bimbled slowing around Gyeongju’s sites seeing what I came across without any real purpose. It’s been much warmer today and very pleasant for strolling and sitting and thinking and walking. This may be my last post for a while as tomorrow I … Read More

Exploration day two

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I’ll tell the story of day two in pictures. Save to say its been a very pleasant days wondering although I have decided I don’t much like walking up or down big hills! Especially when I haven’t had lunch and though the 3km hike would be a 10 minute stroll.

The hardest thing about travelling in Korea is…

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…eating! Not that I am adverse to eating alone – quite the opposite, on occasion I find it very enjoyable. What I have a problem with is reading a Korean menu! I lived here for long enough to know eating blind could be a big mistake. It is deemed incredibly … Read More

Korea’s open air museum

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In Gyeongju you can walk among the burial mounds of kings long expired. It is said to be Korea’s most traditional city, a place with with infinitely more traditional sites than any other in the country. Despite this my first morning of exploring was spend wandering amongst the high rise … Read More

Familiar of foreign?

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As for my earlier post questioning whether Korea would seem familiar of foreign. It has brought back many memories. Having to remember to take toilet roll from outside toilet, remembering to use the correct hand gestures when receiving change, the smell of kimchi season, the way they eat noisily with … Read More

Anxious – yes!

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I am fast discovering that travelling alone is a pretty nerve racking experience … and I’m in one of the safest countries on earth and a place I used to live. I don’t know why but anxiety has tried (but failed) to get the better of me on a few … Read More


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Well I’ve arrived and my orientation this time was somewhat less traumatic than on my last visit to this fair land (I will report some of the old blog to give a flavour of my previous Korean experiences). Although the extreme tiredness is making me feel very emotional! The journey … Read More

The first post

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I’ve been wondering what the first words on a new blog should be and failed dismally in my search for wisdom. But a book I’ve been reading on overcoming procrastination says just start – so here it is started! Its weird to think this blog The Journey resumes where it … Read More

The world’s fastest Indian

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Post by Andy Upon arrival at Invercargill we headed straight to the i site (Tourist Information) and museum and asked about Burt Monroe and the World’s Fastest Indian (a motorbike). Burt, from Invercargill, set the record back in the 60s or 70s and the record still stands today. Andy had … Read More


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Post by Andy The drive to Queenstown was beautiful with a large portion of the journey taking us on a winding road alongside Lake Wakatipu, we made several stops to take pictures. We arrived in Queenstown flung the tent up and headed into town for a look around, it was … Read More

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