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Last stop: Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

‘Don’t be late, or you’ll be locked out’ is the last thing you want to hear before boarding an international flight. My younger brother, Julian, is teaching English in Tokyo and served as our host for the final stop on … Continue reading

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Gangnam Style! – Seoul, Korea

Our host, Attila, left us the door code to his place in Seoul (because Korea is so over keys) and allowed us the run of the place for our last few days in the country. We did a lot of … Continue reading

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The Obligatory DMZ Post – DMZ, Korea

When we say that we went to Korea, people often quip: ‘North or South?’ Well, I can snarkily reply that I actually have been to North Korea. So suck on that. It was really a momentous occasion for R and … Continue reading

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You Hike Like My Grandma! – Jirisan and Seoraksan National Parks, Korea

Korea has got a lot of things going for it: fantastic food; a thriving economy; a rich cultural heritage that includes art, architecture, music; and a love of drinking. But nothing excites Koreans more than the national pastime: hiking. These … Continue reading

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Back on Track! – Rail Bike Adventure – Samcheok, Korea

Phew! We thought that we lost basically all of our photos from Korea and beyond, but it turned out that R just inadvertently sent the camera in for repairs with the SD card still inside. So now we’ve got our … Continue reading

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A Wealth of Penises – Samcheok, Korea

Call me childish, but the penis park at Haesindang, about 45 minutes outside the beach town of, Samcheok was by far and away one of my favorite stops on the trip. I wanted to go because it sounded kitschy and … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village

Korea has a handful of ‘traditional villages’ scattered around the country for tourists and schoolchildren to have something to do when they are not getting blackout drunk on soju or grilling their own meat, tableside (see the breadth of my … Continue reading

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There’s Gold In Them Hills! And Also Dead Guys – Gyeongju, Korea

Gyeongju was a real highlight of our stay in Korea and it’s got to be at the top of the short list of major attractions in the whole country. It is the historical capital of the Shilla kingdom, which ruled … Continue reading

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Stumbling into Wonderland – Haeinsa, Korea

You’d think that after a year of traveling (plus a good number of shorter trips in years past), we’d be pretty good at things like packing and planning and all the other logistics that go into getting from one point … Continue reading

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In The Mood For Love – Korea

In the interest of speeding things along, I won’t go through each and every stop bus ride, stop-over city, and fantastic meal that we had in Korea. Early on in our trip, we got our hands on a copy of … Continue reading

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