Celebrating the Gayageum

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After the Daegaya Experience Festival we stopped on the way back to Seoul to take part in a ceremony paying tribute to the Gayageum (가야금) (a traditional Korean zither like instrument) and the man who invented it, King Gashil. I swear the Koreans find almost any reason to hold a … Read More

The end…

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Beginning with grubby insect infested accommodation and culminating with an illegal contract; my English teaching job in South Korea found through i-to-i didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Their advertising material offered me a job where I would earn enough money to save to go travelling, professional support from … Read More

The end of the beginning is upon me

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I’ve finally done it. I have resigned. The first phase of “the journey” is almost over and I can’t wait for phase two to begin. Most of yesterday passed in a haze. I spent the morning waiting for time to pass until I actually handed the director my resignation. Then … Read More

Supermodel for a day

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…maybe not but I did get a taster of how it feels to have a camera shoved in you face whilst someone tells you how best to stand so they can get a good photograph. I was at the Daegaya Experience Festival in Goryeong. I thought the festival was about … Read More

It’s been a stressful week

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I’m trying desperately to get the blog up to date but I seem to be still writing about the first weekend in April. It’s starting to feel like the world is conspiring against me to stop me getting it done. I want to find time to sit and write but … Read More

A traditional Korean Village

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After the snow crab festival we embarked on a mammoth three hour bus journey, that was only supposed to take an hour(!), to our accommodation. We unraveled ourselves from a cramped and now smelly bus in the village of Gae-shil where a group of ajummas dressed in matching uniforms awaited … Read More

The world’s longest Kimbap

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Kimbap or Gimbap is such an institution in Korea that it if wasn’t for their obsession with Kimchi it could be their national dish.* Kimbap was first described to me as a Korean sushi and I have since discovered it was the name the Koreans used for sushi after their … Read More

The next phase is booked

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I can’t actually believe I’ve done it. I’ve booked my tickets to the Philippines. Nineteen days in the sun, six of them in Manila 13 of them at Brian’s in Baclod on the island of Negros. Oooooo I’m very excited! Can you believe you can book a hostel with a … Read More

The saga continues

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As the day of reckoning draws closer I decided it was time to contact i-to-i regarding my situation. Naively I arranged my job through i-to-i paying them an absolute fortune for the privilege. It is incredibly frustrating to realise I could have avoided myself this situation and an awful lot … Read More

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