We’ve been in South Korea for about a month now and let us tell you that it has been quite the roller coaster so far – and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon!
We left our friends and family in Ottawa on August 1 and journeyed to Vancouver, British Columbia for a wonderful day of exploring our country’s West coast. Can you believe we had never been there before?! We had a great time and will definitely be back for more.
Our journey in Asia officially started in Bali, Indonesia at the beginning of August where we spent 10 blissful days basking in the sun, walking through rice fields, meeting some of the friendliest people in the world and eating some delicious food. Our most memorable activity is waking up at 1:30 AM to hike up an active volcano, Mount Batur. Click here to read more about this amazing experience!
Next, we headed to Seoul, South Korea for a few days in the big city before moving to the south for the next year. In Seoul we explored traditional hanok villages, ate amazing street food (and all different kinds of ice cream imaginable) and hiked up Namsan Park for a beautiful view of the city.
The last leg of our journey before settling into our new home in Hwasun, South Korea was a one week orientation in Gwangju for the Jeollanamdo Language Program. In case you haven’t read about it on our blog yet, we are now English teachers in South Korea! The week was a whirlwind and we met so many new people and learned so many awesome teaching tricks.
Told you we’ve done a lot this past month! Now we’re officially settled into our new apartment in Hwasun and have been teaching at our middle/high schools for about a month. We’ve taken every weekend to explore Korea as much as possible and have had the chance to:
- Explore green tea fields in Boseong;
- Walk the streets of a traditional hanok village in Jeonju;
- Camp on the beach in Wando; and,
- Discover the hidden treasures of Namhae.
A few small anecdotes of our time in Korea so far:
- People are constantly staring at us and telling us we are beautiful, to the point where Katherine actually stopped traffic once (hahaha);
- Koreans are some of the nicest people in the world, always going out of their way to help;
- We’ve eaten foods we never thought in a million years we’d ever voluntarily try, like cow blood soup and fried squid;
- Our students are awesome, some bringing us ice cream when we’re having a hard day or drawing us super cute pictures; and,
- We have a great apartment, located in suburb of a large city (Gwangju) – we’ll be posting a video tour of our apartment soon!
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