6 things I learned cycling across Korea

Even though we’ve been in Korea for almost a decade now, it seems like every year we find something new to love about the place. We are often reminded of why we came for a year but stayed for 10. Our recent family bike trip from Seoul to Daegu came with some new lessons and…

My Chuseok bike holiday from Seoul to Daegu

It’s now November 9th but my mind is still riding a bike in mid-October along Korea’s dedicated bike path from Seoul to our home in Gyeongsan. Since Korea’s Harvest Holiday, Chuseok, fell in such a way that the entire county got a 10 day holiday, we decided to take a bus up to Seoul and take a…

A day at Guryongpo Beach

Yesterday, we set out in our car to Guryongpo Beach (구룡포해수욕장) in Pohang. An absolutely gorgeous day. Our drive was about as beautiful as the beach itself. We drove through Korea’s green mountains, passed green rice fields, and through a small village time has forgotten. The beach scene in Korea feels new, but that is…

The Line That Divides Us

By Whit Altizer On Tuesday, the Koreas held a meeting at a infamous resort in North Korea for families separated by the Korean war. For some, this meant seeing faces and hugging people they haven’t seen in 65 years. Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons and daughters laying eyes on each other for the first time…

Who Wrote Your History Book?

By Whit Altizer I’m finally putting my master’s degree to work this year teaching American history to international university students in Korea. I love it. I have Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and even an American student. They are active, engaged and ask interesting questions. This class has made teaching in Korea even more of a joy….

A Taste of Korean Hospitality

By Whit Altizer Biking through the Korean countryside always makes me fall more fiercely in love with this country. The masses of people, the identical apartment blocks, and the breakneck pace of the city often feels inescapable. But take a step just outside the clamor of the city and you’re hit hard with a different side…

The Importance of Looking Forward

By Whit Altizer I had the pleasure of teaching American History this semester to Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese students. Like all American history surveys, we studied from the beginning to Reconstruction in a whirlwind. It had been a while since I really thought about American history and I had never studied it from the perspective…

Kids Didn’t Cure the Travel Bug

By Whit Altizer Yesterday as I went for my daily run during our family vacation in Sanur, Bali. I tried to pinpoint the moment when I turned my life over to travel. Strangely, I remember it happened during a run in Mexico. My wife and I spent money we didn’t have to honeymoon in a…

Yeosu

By Whit Altizer Yeosu has long been a favorite destination for us, but it had been years since we last traveled there. In the old days we would hop on a train from Seogwangju Station down the street from our house and ride to Yeosu (about 50 minutes longer than by bus, but worth it)….