Monthly Archives: April 2013

Coming Soon: The All New Pursuit Of Excitement, Version 2.0!

sunrisnewdaypoeA new day is dawning soon … the new site for The Pursuit Of Excitement is almost ready!

Hey there stranger!

James here. Perhaps you were looking for my well-established travel and adventure blog.  It exists, but not on this server.  At least not yet.  Instead of typing in pursuitofexcitement.com, go to pursuitofexcitement.wordpress.com for the time being.  In the ensuing weeks, I will be moving posts over to this server (check below for my most recent ones), and when I’m ready to launch this bad boy, you’ll hear all about it over on my current site.

In the meantime, feel free to bookmark this site if you wish, and keep checking this space as renovations progress! 🙂

 

 

In Motion: A Sneak Preview Of The Land Of The Morning Calm, South Korea!

A street in South Korea ... crazy eh?
Your intrepid adventurer will be walking streets in South Korea like this one in a mere three weeks … can’t hardly wait!

As I have alluded to previous posts recently, I have a date with South Korea shortly, in roughly three and a half weeks from the time of this post. There, I will be teaching English as a second language to a bunch of precocious Korean youngsters, and I am pumped to be a position to make an impact in their lives.

As well, I will afforded the opportunity to explore a new country in depth over the course of a full year, with the possibility of getting fleeting glimpses of neighbouring nations (Japan, China, Taiwan, etc) on my winter and summer breaks (both a full week each). I am thrilled to say the least!

And so, in order to give you a five star preview of what awaits, I present to you a video NOT made by me (though I hope to have half of this guy’s talent someday soon). Despite its third-party origins, it is a gorgeous, breathtaking view into the Land of the Morning Calm. It played no small role in convincing me to commit to South Korea for a year, and I have no doubt that it will give you the urge to book a ticket to Seoul ASAP, North Korean warmongering be damned!

Check it out below … be sure to click the full screen icon for best viewing (to the right of the HD icon, and the left of the Vimeo icon)!

Photo: The Calgary Skyline, As Viewed From Scotchman’s Hill

Calgary skyline Downtown Calgary, as viewed from Scotchman’s Hill

More Philippines will be coming on the blog later this week, but first, let’s pay homage to the city I’m about to leave in 3 1/2 weeks. Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, home of the 10 day Calgary Stampede (one of Canada’s best known festivals), and one of the wealthiest cities in all of North America, has been my home for the past year.

I took this time to save some green, see my sister and her young family, and plot my next move (teaching English in South Korea, May 2013!).

In between these main preoccupations, I did a fair bit of exploring, being the uncurable traveller that I am. The picture above is the highlight of one of these outings … a view of the Calgary skyline from the Southeast side, taken atop Scotchman’s Hill.

Want to capture this shot for yourself? Take 12th Ave east out of Downtown Calgary, until you come to a steel bridge. Turn onto it and cross the Elbow River. Once across, turn night at Pop’s Dairy Bar (and grab an ice cream and a hot dog while you’re at it!) onto Bellevue Ave. Proceed up the hill until you come to Salisbury Ave on the right. Turn onto this last street, and once you round the corner ahead, you should be graced with the view of the Stampede grounds directly below in the foreground, and the forest of steel and glass that is Corporate Calgary in the background.

It is an excellent place for a picnic lunch on a fine summer day, and the jaunt through the neighbourhood of Ramsay on your way to the top of Scotchman’s affords excellent views of unique, stylish, and well-kept homes, just a stone’s throw from the centre of the city, making it a treat for urbanites and nature lovers alike!

Got a killer view of your hometown/city? Share a link to it in the comments below!