Hansando—>Gujora Beach, Gojae Island

If you live near or around Busan then you probably don’t need an introduction to Gujora Beach on Gojae Island. But for us, who spent most of our beach time in Korea on the islands off Mokpo in the west, Gojae Island is a new discovery. We took our son on a day trip there…

Swimbathing…Korean bathhouse with a toddler

By Whit Altizer Sometime before my son was born, I went to a bathhouse in Gwangju after a run. There I saw a father and his young son enjoying the bathhouse experience together. They swam, soaked and when finished, scrubbed each other down with coarse washcloths. I remember sadly thinking I’d never get to experience…

Gyeongsan to Busan by bike!

Originally posted to: http://blog.biketoursdirect.com/ Traveling often seems to give us that Eat, Pray, Love feeling. Please pardon the cliché reference. But, you travelers out there, you know what I mean. You know, the moment when you realize you don’t care you gained ten pounds from eating too much pizza margherita in Napoli. Or when you…

A gift box for you: Happy Chuseok!

Now in my fifth year in Korea, I’m starting to realize that I have assimilated somewhat into the culture. Things that were once very foreign to me now seem completely commonplace. Sometimes, I have to remind myself…wait a minute, I actually used to leave my shoes on INSIDE my house? Eww, how dirty! Or, why…

The Expat Life

By Lindsay Nash “Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of…

Food Blogger Diaries

So, as you probably know, Pinterest is all the rage these days. Beautiful pictures of arts and crafts and interesting recipes shared for all the crafty, hip people of today. I often joke that any time I get an idea off Pinterest and then try it for myself, it should end up on my own…

Haeundae Day Trip

This past Saturday we took a day trip from Gyeongsan down to Busan to take our beach-loving child to Haeundae Beach. It was a fantastic day-trip. This is why you should take your kid. The train. It’s a cheap form of entertainment. The fast KTX and the slower Mugunghwa take almost the same amount of…

Beach, bop and blondness in Korea

It’s been a good week for us. Finn survived his first week of Korean preschool. Whit went back to work full-time, and I started working from home for BikeToursDirect as the Asia Tour Specialist (check us out here: http://www.biketoursdirect.com). In celebration of Finn doing so well at school, we took him to the beach on…

Day 2: Almonds, toys, kimchi and less crying!

Day Two at Finn’s preschool was officially deemed a success by all. Oh, I worried about him all morning, my heart heavy as I spent the morning at work. Whit walked him to school this morning, Finn’s little shoulders heavy under his new backpack. Finn tried to talk him into going for a walk, rather…

First day of school

Finn went to his first day of Korean preschool today. He was so excited. We packed his backpack, dressed him up, chatted about it for the past month. He was ALL about it. Led the way down the elevator this morning, out the door and down the short sidewalk a quick 10 steps to the…