After pausing a bit for the holiday season (and because … erm, I got busy in the writing department), I’m back to wish you all a joyous holiday season (what’s left of it anyway).
Coming up shortly in the new year will be a photographic re-telling of the year that was in 2013, a guest post on a major travel site coming very soon, and my first major project that I will be unveiling in the next month or so!
With my free time winding down to the end of yet another weekend, I wanted to do something with my time that was new and exciting, lest I feel that I wasted it. Time to explore is at a premium when you’re a hagwon teacher in South Korea, so you need to use the time that you aren’t teaching, lesson planning, cooking, cleaning, and sleeping to the best uses possible.
The approach to the Saskatchewan Glacier at the Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park, Canada.
Lying almost on the border of Jasper and Banff National Parks alongside the highway that bears its name, the Columbia Icefields are the most visited attraction in Jasper National Park, and the second most trafficked destination in the Canadian Rockies, only bested by the more convenient Lake Louise. Were it not for the distance involved in getting here, and the lack of a luxury hotel (though you can stay here in relatively basic but clean accommodations for upwards of $270/night in the high season and as little as $140/night in the low season), its visitation numbers might be higher.
Throughout my time in South Korea, I tried many foods. Today, we will highlight a few more things I ate during the course of my stay here. Admittedly, some of them aren’t exactly exotic, but I feel they are at least somewhat relevant to those from the West heading to South Korea, either to teach or to travel. Let’s start with a late night visit to Cafe Bene, for a little spot of dessert…
Back in 2010 on my first trip to Thailand, my good friend Katie introduced me to the cheap and abundant cheap meal source located in every Thai city, town, or village: the local/neighbourhood food market. While modern supermarkets are spreading more and more with each passing year in Thailand, many Thais still pick up the ingredients they need to cook their meals at home at the local market every day.
Throughout much of Korea, land is used to the maximum extent. There are 50 million people living in a country that is smaller than the State of Ohio (or the island of Newfoundland, for my Canadian readers).
These people need a place to live, food to eat, and places to work. Complicating things further is the fact that 70% of the land in South Korea is mountainous, severely limiting what can be built or grown there.
Parks as we know them in North America or Europe are very rare in South Korea for the reasons stated in the previous paragraph.