Vegetarian Living in Korea: Bean Burgers, Shellfish Divers

Children playing on a rocky beach with ships on the horizon, a water hose leading to the ocean from an unseen beach restaurant where ethical eating and vegetarian living in Korea is made that much easier.

My issues with vegetarian living in Korea are pretty much all cleared up now. I’ve learned enough Korean to express my dietary restrictions and I’ve figured out which meals are always a safe bet. I haven’t had to eat meat because of a lack of options and I don’t think I’ll have to. But I do have a […]

Hiking With a Stranger, or Not: It Really Is a Small World

Hiking with a stranger led to this peak at Gajisan, where a marker indicates the altitude.

Yep, I went hiking with a stranger again… You see, I’ve always said I like talking to old men, and old men love me. They always befriend me, take care of me. In April, I went on a day hike to Gaji Mountain and made a friend on the bus en route there. Mr. Kim asked me to […]

Striding Along in Busan: Korea After Eight Months

Panoramic view of the Port of Dadaepo, Dusong Peninsula in the distance and ships floating on the ocean beyond.

I’ve been striding along in Busan, sometimes stumbling, for eight months and I feel like I’ve got less to say about Korea now. I guess I’ve found my rhythm. It’s fun to travel around the country, to see different landscapes and experience different foods and cultural quirks. It’s equally fun to stay in Busan for a weekend. It’s […]

Exploring Yokji Island: A Break From Mainland Korea

Observed people fishing at sunset one evening while exploring Yokji Island

I’m on a ferry returning to Busan from a weekend exploring Yokji Island, and I feel like I’ve been here before. I guess I have. Sick of the smell, the noise, the lights, the people, the hustle and bustle of Busan, I was looking to get away from the city for the weekend, to spend some time in […]

Trekking Jirisan in Korea

Catching sunrise from a peak while trekking Jirisan is an essential part of the experience.

Trekking Jirisan took a fair bit of planning, but since we would be staying in mountain shelters where we could rent blankets, there was no need to pack a tent or sleeping bag. I brought minimal clothing but still weighed in at 35 lbs.pounds, food taking up the bulk of the weight. But I didn’t want to undertake […]

A Wolchulsan Hike Gone Really Right!

Red suspension bridge crossing a chasm high up in the mountains on a Wolchulsan hike.

Lately strangers have been showing their kindness more than ever, especially when I went hiking with fellow CouchSurfer Josiah a few weeks ago. This is a story of a Wolchulsan hike gone really right. Wolchulsan Hike Transportation Challenges Frequent hiking partners, this time we were trying to get to Yeongam near Gwangju for a Wolchulsan hike, and we’d […]

Good Luck in Busan: Public Transportation Crisis Solved

Inside a Busan subway station, on the waiting platform...

I’m generally a lucky person. Only a few days ago, I had some good luck in Busan. I somehow managed to lose my hanaro card on Saturday (a discount bus card). Right, this isn’t the good luck part yet, I’m coming to that. Lol. Good Luck In Busan On the Subway I tried to buy a new hanaro […]

Public Baths in Busan: A Soothingly Naked Experience

A typical setup at the public bath house.

Another important part of the Korean experience I’ve lately tried is taking a dip at a few of the public baths in Busan. What a liberating feeling, to walk around, bathe, relax, all naked and surrounded by nakedness. There are many public baths in Busan, and all over the country, so this is definitely going to be something […]

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